If you’ve read my post on Florence, you’ll know that me and my husband are a little bit obsessed with all things Italian. I say all things, mainly the food and wine. Which is why when it came to picking a honeymoon destination it was no coincidence that we ended up in Florence. Not only was Florence high up our list, it was also a reasonable train journey from Modena which at the time (2016) was the home of San Pellegrino’s World’s Number 1, three-Michelin starred restaurant – Osteria Fransescana.
If ever there was a time to splurge it was this (we justified to ourselves relentlessly).
Modena itself was beautifully peaceful and elegant. Take a stroll around the quaint streets where you can pick up some mind blowing balsamic vinegar (not your typical supermarket variety) and take in not one but three UNESCO World Heritage sites.
With a little time before lunch we popped into a local bar for a cocktail and accompanying complimentary aperativo – as if you need another reason to love Italy.
Onto the restaurant itself, which can be found behind a simple doorway, signified only by a seductive gold nameplate, oh so luxuriously hidden from prying eyes.
Osteria Franscescana is everything you would expect from the distinguished and some might say ground breaking chef Massimo Bottura. I highly recommend watching Bottura’s story on the 2015 Netflix season one of Chef’s Table for a real insight into what this restaurant is all about.
The décor (intimate, modern and showcasing a clear appreciation of modern art) itself is the first taster of Bottura’s restaurant concept. Challenging and juxtaposing tradition, pushing boundaries and rewriting the rules of Italian cuisine and dining. With just twelve tables the atmosphere is intimate and dripping with diner anticipation.
And the anticipation was well worth it – the menu was simply out of this world.
At times we didn’t know if we were coming or going, challenged by flavours, presentation and perceptions. But this was the ultimate foodie experience. Italian classics packed with witty twists and enlightened humour, whilst maintaining respect for the most beautiful local ingredients.