Massimo-Bottura_sm“My heart is exploding!” So says the chef-patron of Osteria Francescana, Massimo Bottura, at a press conference following his big win.

Italian restaurant Osteria Francescana was named as The World’s Best Restaurant 2016 at the annual celebration of global gastronomy, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York, on Monday.

Osteria Francescana, located in Modena, Italy, is the world-famous restaurant of Massimo Bottura and has been waiting in the wings for the No.1 spot after sitting at No.3 in 2013 and 2014 and stepping-up to No.2 in last year’s ranking.

The Chef-owner is renowned for his twists on traditional Italian culinary ingredients – his Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano sees the region’s famed cheese served in forms and textures most diners will never have previously experienced. His menu also includes deliciously executed classics such as tagliatelle with hand-chopped ragu and risotto cooked with veal jus. The chef’s ambitious creations perfectly balance the demands of honouring heritagewhile embracing modernity.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants brings together a unique community of extraordinary culinary talent to celebrate global gastronomy. Featuring restaurants from 23 countries spread across six continents, the list provides an annual snapshot of the greatest gastronomic experiences across the globe.

Franco Del Panta

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