At the 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards held in New York this week, a new restaurant has been crowned the highest honor. Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy—surprisingly the first Italian restaurant to get the title. Owned and headed by Chef Massimo Bottura (whose name just made us crave for some burrata), the dining haven that first opened in 1995 serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a space inspired by art, jazz music, literature, and pop culture.
Fourteen years after it was first launched, the restaurant made a debut on the World's Best list in 2009 and ranked 13—the highest position a new entry has ever gotten. Through the years, they slowly climbed their way to the top spot, and after bagging the second place award last year, this time around Osteria switched places with last year's number one, El Celler De Can Roca, which is nestled in Girona, Spain.
Voted best by a panel of almost 1000 gastronomic experts from across the globe, the three-Michelin-star awarded resto is quite known for serving their Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano that will surely make any cheese lover's mouth water.
Head here to see the top 100 on the list. Here's to wishing that a FIlipino restaurant will make it to the list next year!
Images via @massimobattura on Instagram and osteriafrancescana.it