Pinpointing the absolute best restaurant in the world might seem like a tall order, but that’s exactly what over 1000 of the best food critics set out to determine for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. This year, a familiar restaurant took out the top spot: Osteria Francescana, a restaurant with three Michelin stars in Modena, Italy. It's not the first time Massimo Bottura’s restaurant has topped the list—Osteria Francescana won the coveted award in 2016, and last year it came in second to New York's Eleven Madison Park, which this year slipped to number four.
So what kind of dish can you expect from the best restaurant in the world? Conde Nast Traveler's Katherine LaGrave documented a 12-course meal at Osteria Francescana with exquisite detail. "It is disorienting to eat at Osteria Francescana. Looks, more than ever, can be—and very much are—deceiving; tastes befuddling. Ingredients are smoked, foamed, smashed, cracked, chilled, tossed, layered, and coated," she writes.
Honorable mentions on the menu include Riso Levante, "soft, sticky rice in a sauce of orange and bergamot over local perch," and a Caesar salad that "tastes most strongly like a cup of tea, with chamomile, mint, lavender, and a red powder made of dried cherries and berries." In essence, "it is a sensory puzzle of the very best kind."
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