A restaurant in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, called Osteria Francescana, has been named the best restaurant in the world for the second time. It tops the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, unseating last year’s champion Eleven Madison Park, which unseated Osteria Francescana the year before.
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The three-Michelin-starred tasting menu venue is led by chef Masimo Bottura and located 84 miles north of Florence on a quiet cobblestone street in Modena, where Bottura was born. He previously worked with Alain Ducasse at his Monaco restaurant Le Louis XV, and once spent a summer with Ferran Adria at El Bulli.
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He, along with Osteria Francescana, was featured on two Netflix shows, Master of None and Chef’s Table. Interestingly enough, the segment on Aziz Ansari’s show didn’t take place in the real restaurant, but it’s just as small as portrayed. The dining room only has 12 tables, making it hard to get into even before it was named the best in the world. A meal at the legendary establishment costs around $300 with an added wine pairing that practically doubles the price. The full experience can end up running well over $1000. Most will also have to factor in the flight to Rome and three-hour train ride to Modena.
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The avant-garde restaurant is famous for juggling traditional Italian elements with French cooking and a lot of creativity. The spot was so strange to locals when it opened it actually struggled to appeal to its home base early on, but eventually everyone came around to what Bottura was trying to do and it has since been embraced by the community. Check out this video someone shot of the entire dining experience, from entering the door to receiving every amazing course...