Michelin guide books showcase the finest in cuisine and award noteworthy restaurants one star to three stars, the latter of which denotes ‘exceptional cuisine worth a special journey.’ The restaurants awarded with these coveted stars are chosen by anonymous food critics, otherwise known as inspectors. It is a highly secretive process, ensuring that the procedure is a fair one. With Italy’s incredible selection of talented chefs, it’s no wonder that there are eight three-star gems dotted throughout the country. Here, we explore Italy’s three-star Michelin restaurants.
Opened in 1995 by Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana is an intimate venue located in Modena and has garnered accolades and awards throughout its history — from one Michelin star in 2002 to a second in 2006 and finally, the coveted third star in 2011 — and it’s easy to see why. The interior is simply breathtaking and features an impressive array of artwork from the likes of Francesco Vezzoli, Ceal Floyer and Damien Hirst. The kitchen is ‘experimental’, meaning that the culinary team is not afraid to mix it up with new ingredients and techniques. Three different menus await guests — one à la carte and two tasting — that are brimming with unique marriages of seasonal flavors. Osteria Francescana is open Tuesday through Saturday and reservations are required.
Osteria Francescana, Via Stella 22, Modena, Italy, +39 0592 23912