Fodor's Expert Review Osteria Francescana

$$$$ Modena Italian Fodor's Choice

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 one of the two tasting menus—either Festina Lente (10 courses) or Tutto ("everything," 12 courses). 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.

Italian Emilian Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Via Stella 22
Modena, Emilia-Romagna  41121, Italy


Known For:
  • A chef who makes food art
  • Its tasting menus
  • Reservation made months in advance
  • Tasting menus that start at €250
  • Reservations required months in advance
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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