Fodor's Expert Review Osteria Francescana

$$$$ Modena Emilian

Chef-proprietor Massimo Bottura has done stints with Adrià and Ducasse, takes inspiration from music and literature, and pours all these influences into creating some of the fanciest plates in all of Italy while remaining true to his Modenese roots. The restaurant contains only 12 tables and although it's possible to order à la carte, most everyone opts for the 12-course tasting menu with the accompanying wine pairing. One signature dish is 5 stagionature di Parmigiano Reggiano (five “stages” of Parmesan, served in different textures and temperatures). Decor and atmosphere are muted (except for splendid floral arrangements). Reservations are not only essential, but must be made months in advance, online and at the beginning of the month.

Emilian Lunch Dinner $$$$ Prix-Fixe

Quick Facts

Via Stella 22
Modena, Emilia-Romagna  41121, Italy


Known For:
  • A reverential atmosphere
  • Five stages of Parmesan signature dish
  • Reservations required months in advance
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Mon., and 2 wks in Aug., Reservations essential

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