This is my first post on the new blog, so there’s no better way to start from the best, where the best today is Osteria Francescana in Modena, led by the skinny Italian chef (as he defines himself) Massimo Bottura. I’m obviously referring to the famous/infamous "World’s 50 Best Restaurants" which, for the first time since its creation, has an Italian restaurant at the top position.
I tend to consider this list quite playfully, mainly because the criteria on which is built are at least self-referential, but its commercial power is today comparable to that of the historic Michelin Guide. I only hope that this achievement will bring more attention to our restaurants, generally poorly considered at an international level.
I’ve been going to Bottura’s restaurant starting from 2008, and it’s no mistery to anyone who knows me that I’ve been considering it to be over the top ever since. The main reason is simple: everything tastes so really good. The flavours of each dish are incredibly intense and well balanced, but there’s even more.
Every bite unfolds a story that will bring you (for example) to follow an eel on his journey in the Po river, or to smell the scents of citrus brought by the wind on the Garda lake. You can even find yourself in ancient Rome, and immediately after in modern New York City, wandering into the market of Union Square while listening a Billy Holiday song.
Needless to say, service and wine pairings are at top level too, under the wise guide of Beppe Palmieri, a maître very sensitive to the problems of dining room and cellar… not only in his own restaurant.
More words are useless. Photos will not give the idea anyway. Go there if you can.
Prices (August 2016)
First Courses: 60-90€
Second Courses: 80€
Tasting menus: 220-240€
Via Stella, 22
Tel. 059 22.39.12
Closed Sunday and Monday