For the second year in a row, Chef Massimo Bottour's Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena, in northern Italy, is ranked third in the ranking of the 50 best restaurants in the world.
Osteria Francescana, located in Modena, again took the place on the podium of the annual award, which determines the 50 best restaurants in the world. The best Italian restaurant was only the Noma Copenhagen establishment under the leadership of Renè Redzepi, who won first place, and the Spanish El Celler Can Roca, which became the second. By the way, last year, the four-time Danish winner lost to the Spanish restaurant, breaking the band of unconditional leadership, which lasted from 2010 to 2012.
Opened in 1995, Osteria Francescana, led by Massimo Bottura, got its first Michelin star in 2002. Four years later, the restaurant was awarded a second star, and another five years later in 2011 the third. In the same 2011, Bottura was awarded the Chef's Choice Award.
In a restaurant review on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants website, chef Massimo Bottura is praised for his ability to “strike a balance between ancestral heritage and modernity,” creating a “restaurant that will satisfy both tradition and amateurs.”
Bottura's menu can be divided into three categories: traditional dishes with little or no new elements, modern classics and original dishes from the chef.
"Everyone who visits Osteria Francescana for the first time should try at least one dish from each category in order to experience the whole extraordinary range of restaurant team opportunities," the site says.
But Bottura is not the only Italian to make it into the ranking of the 50 best restaurants in the world in 2014. Enrico Crippa and his restaurant Piazza Duomo in the city of Alba, Cuneo province, was in 39th place. And line 46 was taken by the Alajmo brothers from the Padua restaurant La Calandre.
It is worth saying that the award, organized by the British restaurant Magazine in collaboration with San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, represents the 50 best restaurants in the world, which are selected by more than 900 jury members from around the world. This year, the top ten ranking included:
- Noma, Denmark;
- El Celler de Can Roca, Spain;
- Osteria Francescana, Italy;
- Eleven Madison Park, USA;
- Dinner, UK;
- Mugaritz, Spain;
- D.O.M., Brazil;
- Arzak, Spain;
- Alinea, USA;
- The Ledbury, UK.
Osteria Francescana is located in Modena at Via Stella 22. Modena is 20 minutes away by car or train from Bologna. It can also be reached by train in 2 hours from Milan, 2.5 hours from Venice and 3 hours from Rome. Having decided to personally assess the quality of the restaurant, it should be borne in mind that the average check in a restaurant is 100 - 150 euros per person. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. The official website of the institution www.osteriafrancescana.it.