Osteria Francescana and Massimo Bottura

June 7, 2021Niry Fidelis

Since I’m a travel blogger based in Modena, it strikes me as impossible to not write about the Osteria Francescana. So here we go, let me tell you something about the world’s number one restaurant located right here in the city where I live.

Osteria Francescana is a three-Michelin-star small restaurant in the city centre of Modena and it has been chosen as number one on the world’s 50 Best Restaurants list first in the year 2016 and again in 2018.

Even though in 2019 the first position of Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana has been replaced with a restaurant in Menton, France called Mirazur, Osteria Francescana doesn’t fail to attract tourists from all over the world.

A brief note: What is The World’s 50 Best Restaurants?

The World’s Best 50 Restaurants is an annual ranking event of the fifty best restaurants in the World. The list is produced by the British magazine Restaurant and it is based on a poll of international chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands, and restaurant critics. The list showcases a variety of cuisines from all over the world and since it works as a barometer of global gastronomic trends, it’s characterized both by the meticulous preparation and careful presentation of food.

The World’s Best 50 Restaurants annual event was suspended in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic and a new date is already scheduled for 2021: 5th October.

About the chef: Massimo Bottura

Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena is owned by the Chef Massimo Bottura who opened it in 1995 and from then on he has consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s most creative culinary figures. His dishes walk the thin line between tradition and innovation. The awards he has received along the course of his career are countless and the recognitions continue to arrive.

Massimo Bottura can proudly say that now he is one of the reasons why tourists are coming to visit the city of Modena. Even if the prices are sky high, people, from all around the globe, want to dine at the Osteria Francescana.

Reservations at the Osteria Francescana in Modena.

Getting a reservation at the Osteria Francesca is not easy.

Due to the high demand and since they have only a few tables, foodies need to reserve months in advance. So consider yourself lucky if you can fit your dining experience here during your trip to Italy.

Reservations can be done online, and credit card details are required at this stage. You will be charged € 250 for No-Show.

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Curiosities and Tips

  • The patrons are all left outside until the doors open at the exact time of reservation. Everybody then enters at the same time while they are greeted by all the staff together. Each party is then led to their respective tables.
  • Tips to the waiters can’t be charged to the credit card like in many western countries.
  • You are presented with a menu A la Carte or two kinds of a tasting menu to choose from.
  • No dress code required for Osteria Francescana in Modena.
  • The entire dining experience takes from two to three hours.
  • If you are reaching Modena by train, the walk to and from the restaurant takes about 30 minutes. Do it at least one way because Modena is a very beautiful city. Especially don’t forget to pass by the Piazza Grande.
  • Massimo Bottura’s Chef’s Table episodes are broadcasted on Netflix.
  • The waiter always gives a detailed description of the food and the story behind it.
  • Massimo Bottura’s two cookbooks (Never Trust a Skinny Italian and Bread is Gold) are sold at the Osteria Francescana.
  • Photography is a sensitive subject here: you are allowed, but however, you should respect the privacy of all the guests.
  • Chef Massimo Bottura also runs a restaurant in Maranello called “Il Cavallino,” which is very close to the Ferrari Museum.
  • Last but not least, food intolerances and allergies are well accommodated at the Osteria Francescana in Modena.

Now, dining at the Osteria Francescana in Modena is that kind of experience that I’d try once in my life! I’m sure it is worth it. It is a 3 Michelin starred restaurant and it has been first on the list of the world’s best restaurant two times. Well, there must be a reason, right?

Have you ever been to Osteria Francescana in Modena? Feel free to share your experience with us. Can’t wait to read it!!!

Comments (19)

  • Stacie

    March 25, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    That sounds amazing. I love to explore new dining options when I travel, especially the high end places. They always do amazing things with food.

  • Cristina Petrini

    March 25, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Have you been there? What envy is in my city and I haven't succeeded yet!

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      March 25, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      You should then! It is a must right?

  • wander women abroad

    March 25, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    O my the food looks so beautiful I almost wouldnt even want to eat it

  • Elizabeth Weitz

    March 25, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    wow! this looks like an incredible experience! So unique!

  • Lisa

    March 25, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I'd love to eat here one time! We're between Veneto and London, so when we're back here, I'm definitely telling my husband to take me!

  • Sara Welch

    March 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Sounds like a great place to dine! I would love an opportunity to eat at a restaurant like this one day!

  • Beth Pierce

    March 25, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I have always wanted to watch high end chef's cook! It would be so interesting to see their technique that makes their food rank to be some of the best in the world.

  • The Super Mom Life

    March 26, 2019 at 1:29 am

    It sounds like a great place! I'd love to go one day.

  • Unknown

    March 26, 2019 at 6:33 am

    honestly that lemon tart is a work of art!! is it as delicious as it looks?

  • Sania Ahmed

    March 26, 2019 at 8:05 am

    I soo agree tp your caption cooking is an art, thanks for sharing the tips to be here.

  • PatiRobins @style-squeeze

    March 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    now that is a restaurant i would love to dine – the Chef is one talented person he creates food heaven

  • Angela Ricardo

    March 27, 2019 at 1:12 am

    That sounds a really great time and lovely visit at Osteria Francescana. I also don’t mind paying extra as long as it’s really worth the experience.

  • Lyosha Varezhkina

    March 27, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Cooking is a big complex of wonderful things. Products, the way they are processed and served. Atmosphere works on taste for me too

  • Dear Mummy Blog

    March 27, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Fine dinning at it's best! I think we'd feel intimidated going somewhere like this but I bet the food is tasty!

  • Kristy Bullard

    March 28, 2019 at 12:51 am

    I love trying new foods from all over the world. It's one of my favorite parts of traveling. I would love to eat at Osteria Francescana one day! It looks like a foodie's paradise!

  • Jessica May

    March 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I bet a meal here would be out of this world. The pictures alone are mouthwatering!

  • Becca Wilson

    March 31, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    This looks like it would be an amazing place to have a meal. All of the food looks so awesome!

  • Reby

    December 2, 2019 at 4:55 am

    The meal looks so inviting! Definitely one to be added on my very long wish list 😀

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