Massimo Bottura & Osteria Francescana // Modena
Opened by world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura in 1995, Osteria Francescana has been steadily amassing Michelin stars over the years. Awarded its first Michelin star in 2002, the restaurant now holds 3 Michelin stars and is currently number 2 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, having been in the top 5 for the last seven years and number 1 in 2017.
“Tradition seen from 10 kilometres away” is how Bottura describes the philosophy behind the restaurant. The restaurant continues to redefine Italy’s rich gastronomic heritage, ingredients and culinary traditions with the benefit of critical distance, contemporary cooking techniques, and a constant desire to ensure that the Italian kitchen evolves.
Osteria Francescana is situated in a century-old osteria that has been transformed over the past 22 years into a laboratory of culture, art and design. Storytelling enriches the dining experience and the kitchen makes references to art, music and history to provoke emotion, memory and taste. Guests at the restaurant’s 12 tables are able to choose from the aÌ la Carte menu or from two distinct tasting menus.
Bottura also owns Franceschetta58, a contemporary osteria in his home town, and Gucci Osteria inside the freshly opened Gucci Garden Galleria in Florence. His non-profit organisation Food for Soul runs community kitchens and hubs for education on food salvage and culinary training in Milan, Rio de Janeiro, London and Paris.