The world’s best restaurant can be found in Italy

20th June, 2016
For the first time ever, Italy has clinched the prestigious accolade of being home to the world’s best restaurant for 2016, following the announcement at an awards ceremony in New York last week.

Run by chef Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, located in the city of Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region, took the crown at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Last year it came second only to El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, and in the two years before, took third place.

The restaurant’s gradual climb to the top made the win all the more emotional for Bottura, who said in his acceptance speech: "I want to thank everyone because it's been so hard, our job is all about art work. It's all about our work, in the kitchen every day to work and succeed."

Osteria Francescana was praised for its unique take on traditional Italian ingredients, in particular its dish ‘Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano’, where the classic Italian cheese had been transformed into "forms and textures most diners will never have previously experienced."

The menu has been described as a selection of “deliciously executed classics”, and also includes dishes such as tagliatelle with hand-chopped ragu and risotto cooked with veal jus. According to the panel of chefs, restaurateurs, critics and food writers who made up the panel, “the chef's ambitious creations perfectly balance the demands of honouring heritage while embracing modernity.”

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards were first established in 2002 by popular trade magazine Restaurant, and are decided by a panel of 972 experts. The experts evaluate the places they have eaten at over the past 18 months, listing their choices in order of preference.

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