Fodor's Expert Review Osteria Francescana
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 most memorable food 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 is muted (except for splendid floral arrangements) and service superior. Reservations are not only essential, but must be made months in advance, online and at the beginning of the month.
Via Stella 22
Modena, Emilia-Romagna 41121, Italy
- A chef who makes food art
- Five stages of Parmesan signature dish
- Reservations required months in advance