Lunch at Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
I’m reblogging this post as last night Massimo Bottura’s restaurant, Osteria Francescana, won the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants Award and was voted No.1 restaurant in the world. Richly deserved, this meal from 2 years ago remains possibly my best gastronomic experience ever. If you can ever get to Modena go there, make a special trip, build a holiday around it. Just go there!
It’s a modest entrance that belies the wonder that is Massimo Bottura’s restaurant, Osteria Francescana, in a back street in Modena. Take a right fork in the road off Corso Canal Chiaro as you move away from Modena’s Piazza Grande into via Stella and pretty as it is, in its inimitable Italian way, it’s not where you’d first think to find a 3* Michelin restaurant voted 3rd best in the world in London last Monday at the prestigious San Pelligrino World’s Top 50 Restaurants Awards. The door didn’t open; it was locked. But I’d been heard and as it was opened to me and I was greeted by – three or four people? – I entered a whole new world. A little like Alice, I’d entered a small doorway into a world of magic where things aren’t always what they seem – their lemon tarts for instance.
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