The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016: The Full List of Winners

June 13, 2016

Osteria Francescana takes the #1 spot for the first time ever

Think Italian cuisine is trending? Osteria Francescana — whose quirky dishes like “five stages of Parmigiano Reggiano,” “eel swimming up the Po river,” and “tribute to Thelonius Monk” have made chef Massimo Bottura’s tiny venue in Modena one of Italy’s toughest tables — has for the first time earned the top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. The annual rankings, which have been criticized for their lack of female-run restaurants, their tendency to favor expensive European-style tasting menus, and their lenient attitude toward judges accepting free meals,…