The World's Best Restaurant: Osteria Francescana

And the winner is … Osteria Francescana located in Modena, Italy. The announcement was made at this year's 15th annual World's 50 Best Restaurants classifications, an award which is the equivalent of an Oscar in the world of food. This year's honor is double-fold since Osteria Francescana is the first Italian restaurant to receive this accolade.

I'd like to thank all of those who work with me. It wasn't easy. Our job is to create, above all, a work of art,” declared the chef and owner Massimo Bottura during the ceremony held in New York. In 2015 Osteria Francescana came in second to the Spanish restaurant El cellar de Can Roca after placing third in both 2013 and 2014.

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The Top Ten Restaurant Winners from Around the World

The jury for the annual contest is comprised of 972 judges made up of chefs, restauranteurs and food writers. Each must select seven favorite restaurants with a maximum of four hailing from their own area and including at least three from abroad. This year's top ten includes restaurants from Italy, Peru, Denmark, France, Spain, Japan, Australia and more. Coming in behind Modena's Osteria Francescana were: El celler de Can Roca, Girona (Joan Roca); Eleven Madison Park, New York City (Daniel Humm); Central, Lima (Virgilio Martinez); Noma, Copenhagen (René Redzepi); Mirazur, Menton (Mauro Colagreco); Mugaritz, San Sebastian (Andoni Luis Aduriz); Narisawa, Tokyo (Yoshihiro Narisawa); Steirereck, Vienna (Heinz Reitbauer); and Asador Extebarri, Axpe (Victor Arguinzoniz).

Overall, the highest number of this year's top fifty restaurants are located in Mexico City and in New York City, both of which bested countries such as France, Spain and Italy. Peru and Chile dominated for the number of best restaurants in South America. Asia also fared well with winning eateries in Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Denmark shined in Europe with several restaurants ranked in the top fifty.

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Italian Restaurants in the Ranking

Three other Italian restaurants won spots in the top fifty. Piazza Duomo in Alba, Cuneo by Enrico Crippa which took 17th place. While Le Calandre in Rubano, Padua by Massimo “Max” Alajmo came in 39th and Combal Zero in Rivoli by Davide Scabin finished 46th.

For Italian chef Massimo Bottura his next stop will be in Italy at Palazzo Lana Berlucchi in the winery where Italy's sparkling Franciacorta wine was first produced. At the event, which will be held on on July 1st, Bottura will delight guests with the exclusive and sophisticated flavors he is so well known for creating.