Restaurant Crowned Best in the World
Italy's "Osteria Francescana" was recently crowned as the world's best restaurant of 2016 at an awards ceremony in New York. It was the first Italian establishment to win the annual accolade. Chef Massimo Bottura’s "Osteria Francescana" in Modena was third in the world in 2013 and 2014. It finished second last year to Spain's "El Celler de Can Roca," in the ‘World's 50 Best Restaurants’ awards. With Spain's "El Celler de Can Roca" knocked down to second place, the third spot went to New York's "Eleven Madison Park." The top 10 was rounded out by restaurants in Peru, Denmark, France, Spain, Japan and Austria.
The board praised Bottura for his twists on traditional ingredients and his "Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano" in particular. The awards said he crafted the world-famous cheese into "forms and textures most diners will never have previously experienced." They praised his menu of "deliciously executed classics" such as tagliatelle with hand-chopped ragu and risotto cooked with veal jus.
The awards, run by trade magazine Restaurant, began in 2002 and have become a reference point for food fans worldwide.