Italy's Osteria Francescana named world's best restaurant

Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:27pm EDT
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(Story corrects in fourth paragraph list compiler to William Reed Media, not Restaurant Magazine, in 13th paragraph, corrects to Sao Paulo, not San Paulo.)

By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Osteria Francescana ascended to the top of the annual ranking of world's best restaurants for its inventive twist on traditional Italian dishes, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list released on Monday showed.

The restaurant in Modena, Italy, which was runner-up on last year's list, switched the top spot with the 2015 winner El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain.

"The chef’s ambitious creations perfectly balance the demands of honoring heritage while embracing modernity," the list's organizers said of Osteria Francescana's chef-owner Massimo Bottura.

The list, compiled by William Reed Media, was based the personal experiences of 972 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and culinary experts, instead of a list of pre-determined criteria.

The Best 50 list, which was launched in 2002, has gained prominence among chefs around the globe, rivaling the longstanding Michelin guides with its star system.

Michelin assigned three stars, its highest rating, to Osteria Francescana and El Celler de Can Roca.

"We did something epic," the 53-year-old Bottura told Reuters after the award ceremony held in New York City, the first time it was held outside of Britain.   Continued...

Osteria Francescana's chef-owner Massimo Bottura looks on during a ceremony, to celebrate his victory in the "World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016", at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile