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Osteria Francescana in Modena voted World's second best restaurant

We always praise Italian cusine and if you ask an Italian which is the best food in the world they'll obviously choose their own. This idea could be supported by the result of the 50 world's restaurants top chart released by the “British magazine Restaurants”. Italians shoudn't get too cocky though as it could be quite disappointing to know that Italy came second place after Spain.


The award winning Italian restaurant is the Modena based “Osteria francescana” owned by chef  Massimo Bottura. The restaurant moved up one place after being in the third position for the past two years.

Third position is now held by Denmark's Noma which has slipped from first to third place, leaving the top place to the Spanish El Celler de Can Roca.

The world's top ten restaurants according to British magazine Restaurant are:

1) El Celler de Can Roca - Spain
2) Osteria Francescana - Italy
3) Noma - Denmark
4) Central - Peru
5) Eleven Madison Park - United States
6) Mugaritz - Spain
7) Dinner - United Kingdom
8) Narisawa – Japan
9) D.O.M. - Brazil
10) Gaggan – Thailand


Highlights of Massimo Bottura's menu are classics like tagliatelle with hand-chopped ragu and risotto cooked with veal-jus, and five different ages of Parmiggiano Reggiano served in different forms and textures.

The perfect service and the wine programme were also praised as award winning factors but they weren't evaluated as much as the food itself.

Bottura’s Osteria Francescana opened 20 years ago and was awarded its first Michelin star in 2002, the second, four years later, and the third in 2011. Bottura also won the Chef’s Choice award in 2011.


In the top 50 world's best restaurants there are also other Italians: Enrico Crippa’s “Piazza Duomo” in Alba, won 27th place and Massimiliano ‘Max’ Alajuno’s “Le Calandre” in Rubano came at 34th position.


The selection criteria have been criticised as 900 Jury members chose their seven favourite restaurants where they have eaten in the past 18 months. According to some the system was open to favouritism since the jury wasn't asked to prove having actually been in the restaurants. 

Organisers hired the Deloitte consultancy firm to supervice the voting, and decided that jury members couldn't vote on restaurants in which they had an interest.

Nevertheless there has been an internet petition against the "opaque" awards and more than 350 signatures were collected including those of France's Joel Robuchon and Italy's Giancarlo Perbellini asking to boycot the award.

Giulia Lombardo

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