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The cuisine at this restaurant is certainly top notch. The dishes are light and well balanced with a focus on adding innovative touches to traditional ...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
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We decided to go a la carte based on some of the reviews of the new menu, and the fact that many of Massimo’s best known courses are A La Carte. So, when it came to the meal itself, everything was running smoothly, as the...waiters were really nice and wanted us to have the best experience. Even though we went a la carte, they brought 1/2 portion of each plate for each one of us, it felt like a pre-set menu, until everything went poorly. The waiter (very nice, not his fault) confused our pasta order as just 1 pasta, so we had to wait 15-20 minutes between our 3rd plate and main course, although I pointed it out and the pasta came after the main course. Mistake number 1. Then the biggest of the biggest mistakes, the main course was HORRIBLE. The lobster and the makeshift turbot with the outer crust (taken from the pig dish of the pre set menu) were some of the worst dishes I’ve ever eaten at a Michelin restaurant. (Take into account, I’ve been to several Michelin started restaurantes such as Enoteca Pinchiorri, Lasarte, both 3* and many other 2 starts) I’ve never had any 2 single dishes that were so bad in my whole experience with gourmet restaurantes. The lobster had no taste, the lobster tartar was the worst I’ve ever had (looked like it was prepared 2 days before), and the fish was as dry as the Sahara desert. Let me be clear, the 5 stages of Parmeggiano, the Oops I dropped the lemon tart, the ragu tagliatelle were stupendous. But the main courses weren’t worthy of a simple street restaurant in Milan, they were VERY BAD. So all in all, worst experience I’ve had in a restaurant with 2 michelin star +. Take into account that NO acknowledgment was made after the plates were taken, NO APOLOGY, whatsoever. Save your money and go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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overpriced and disappointing. Stay away from Osteria Francescana. Biggest colossal ripoff in Italy. We knew it would be expensive but all the hype was about it being the top table in Italy maybe even Europe, and its a Michelin 3 star. After spending almost $1000...Euro for LUNCH for two, a 12 course tasting menu, took 3.5 hours, we were unsatisfied and felt very gypped. The food didn't even resemble anything natural or pure. The chef put together so many goofy ingredients together it tasted more like a science experiment than good Italian farm to table food. The overly creative mixing of a cacophony of flavors was so very bad. I'd never recommend the place to even a pig. For example, how does cold cherry spaghetti sound? It was GROSS! And it was all downhill from there. When the sommelier poured me wine - one of many- there was just one I didn't like...and he got angry at me! The staff was stiff and robotic! A week earlier I went to another Michelin 3 star Piazza Duomo in Alba and it was absolutely wonderful, the chef came out to meet us and gave us a goodie bag to take away...and well worth the expense. Don't bother wasting your hard earned money at Osteria Francescana my friends. WE've been in Italy for a month and it's the only bad meal we tasted. Take the Michelin stars away. terrible.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 25, 2022 via mobile

All you would expect. The critic reviews are great for a reason. Chef came out for photos as well for those inclined. Worth the pan-European trip.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 2, 2022

We got a last minute reservation for lunch and were not expecting to dine here on our 3 week Italy trip, but wow, was it worth it. Having looked over the tasting menu, we decided to order from the a la carte menu and get...the classic dishes. We were not disappointed. Each dish was a delight of discovery and flavor. We requested the sommelier to choose a wine pairing for each of our courses and the pairings were perfect. The service was what you would expect at a 3 Michelin star restaurant - absolutely flawless. The highlight of the lunch was Massimo Bottura coming to our table to see how we were enjoying the meal. My son, who had just graduated from culinary school, was completely speechless at meeting this icon in person. This meal was an experience we will never forget.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 28, 2022 via mobile

My expectations for this visit where sky-high, not so strange since it is one of the best restaurants in the world. The experience was great, and everything traditional was turned upside down. Even the food started with «dessert» and ended with «apetizers», yet the wineparing...made the «dessert» taste like apetizers and the «apetizers» taste like dessert - so cool! I will however say the food did not fully meet my expectations. Service was great, but not fully up to Maaemo standards. However, definitely worth a visit - a fun night!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 26, 2022 via mobile

A special culinary experience which will never be forgotten. My favourite dish was the ravioli with foie gras and black truffle! Absolutely delicious.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 25, 2022 via mobile

Very disappointed! We booked a table in January for the end of june. Waited and expected so much from this restaurant. We ordered the tasting menu for 320€ per person. The entire menu was with cheap ingredients and we felt we been scammed. The main...course in the menu was written “Tuscan Steak with sides” as the photo attached, and we received some cabbage leaves with sauce. For that price, and 3 Michelin stars we would expect way more. This restaurant and the tasting menu isn’t even worth one Michelin star, and not the best restaurant in the world twice. The only good thing was the service and the wine.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022 via mobile

Coming to Osteria Francescana had been a dream of mine for over 4 years, so when finally the stars aligned, we planned a multi-day trip specifically around this visit. This wasn't our first Michelin visit, nor our first 3 star restaurant, so we kind of...knew what to expect. And the team definitely delivered. We chose the tasting menu, but for once decided to go for water instead of the wine pairing. The wine list did look enticing. I simply didn't trust myself to actually enjoy the later dishes with that much potential alcohol involved. The menu itself is a journey through the different regions of Italy. You'd probably enjoy it more if you are a local and actually recognize the hat tips to the different regions, but even without a much of an Italian geography background, the plates were all amazing. Special callout for the risotto and the panettone. These two blue our minds. I loved that the food was excellent yet so relatable. Every dish was creative, reimagined, without going crazy experimental and making the original idea disappear. The dishes served require a kitchen and top cooking skills, no doubt. They don't require a full blown chemist's laboratory though, and that's something I really appreciate in top cuisine. The service was, as expected, top notch, and very attentive. Explanations for each dish were delivered by different waiters, and maybe that's the one thing that could be improved: with the mask in the middle (which I appreciate) enunciation needs to be so much clearer in order to carry over the ambient noise. While I wouldn't describe the restaurant as noisy, we had to ask for a second explanation a couple of times because we simply didn't hear the explanation. As masks will continue to be part of our every day life, I'd probably recommend some dedicated training on how to make oneself heard with a mask.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 13, 2022 via mobile

What a disappointment. We planned our entire honeymoon around this reservation, and both the food and service just didn’t deliver. My husband and I have dined at multiple three Michelin star restaurants, and aren’t normally too picky or critical about the food or service, but...this was egregiously poor. We had the tasting menu, and noticed that the dishes that made this restaurant famous (Parmesan 5 ways, the lemon tart) only could be added a la carte, ranging from €80-110. We thought that the tasting (€320pp) would be new and exciting, so didn’t end up adding any extra courses which was a mistake. The courses ranged from lackluster to downright inedible. The only dish that we liked was the “panzanella” with anchovies. The lowlights included a warm wilted lettuce leaf with Demi glacé that was supposed to remind us of steak (the demi glacé wasn’t rich enough at all), and a “spaghetti pomodoro” which tasted like twizzlers and was weirdly bitter. The service was also unfortunately lacking. The couple behind us complained after the twizzler pasta, and the waiter told them that they must not be used to eating real Italian food. The woman responded by saying that she has family in Rome so yes, she’s eaten at non touristy places, but he brushed her off. The waiter then rolled their eyes after walking away from the table. Also, my champagne glass was empty 2/3rd of the meal, and I was never asked if I wanted another glass, or wanted to look at the wine list. I’m glad we got to visit Modena because of Hosteria Giusti. But this place was a total bust.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 13, 2022

I had the opportunity to visit the Osteria after waiting for 2 years. Although some dishes were really good, I was particularly disappointed with 4 of the 12 dishes. Piadina, squacquerone cheese & anchovies - the dish itself was overpowered by the anchovies, I couldn't...taste anything BUT anchovies. The rest of the elements were simply bland. Tuscan steak and sides (with anchovies!) - why serve anchovies again? More precisely, in a dish that is supposed to taste like steak? From what I understood, the jus was supposed to be the star of the dish, but I couldn't taste anything but the anchovies. Spaghetti with tomato sauce (almost) - I was almost unable to swallow this dish, the sweetness combined with a lot of acidity and an overwhelming taste of almonds didn't match the spaghetti texture. And the dessert (Macaron of Venezian liver & Carbonara cannoli) - both elements contained Foie Gras. I particularly don't understand why it's served in Italian restaurants or any restaurant at all! And why in 2 elements of the dish as well. What is the point? Foie Gras is an element that's overused, and restaurants need to start thinking more outside the box, especially a chef who's celebrated for reimagining the Italian cuisine. Overall it was an ok experience, as it was very difficult to understand what the waiters were saying through the mask, perhaps offering a more in-depth dish explanation on paper, would improve the experience of the visitors. Would I go back? Maybe. But would I order the tasting menu? Unlikely. I leave this question to Massimo: Why not focus on regional ingredients? Why use fish and Foie Gras. Emilia-Romagna region is so rich with ingredients, so I'm struggling to understand the rationale behind some of the dishes.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022

Went there for lunch in June 2022. Was expecting something amazing, but was left disappointed. I ordered the Eel, Pork Belly and Lemon tart + a couple of glasses of wine. The food was decent (was expecting a lot more), however what left me very...unhappy was how mechanical and commercial the entire experience was. All the young waiters are well trained but almost like "robots" saying exactly the same thing and ensuring that they maximize your spend. I felt the place lacked warmth and soul! I won't be going back there anytime soon. Just a note - I travel the world and eat in many types of restaurants (both world renowned and local favorites); I was expecting so much more from Osteria Francescana! I admire Chef Bottura and what he has brought to the world with his innovation and style, but nothing replaces the warmth and soul of a great restaurant!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 10, 2022 via mobile

Its an exceptional dining experience that deserves to be on any food lovers bucket list. the service was exceptional, the atmosphere understated but warm and sophisticated. Why 4 stars- not five. The menu is very seasonal and features local produce. I dined in tomato season...- and I hate tomatoes!. Most courses featured - actually starred the tomato. Despite that I ate everything and enjoyed most of it. The depth of flavours were incredible and the skills and technique displayed in the dishes shows why the restaurant is so highly rated. But even my fellow dinners (all tomato lovers) found the menu slightly one dimensional and lacking a "killer" protein dish. The wine pairings were clever and tasty and the service exceptional.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 16, 2022

We had been looking forward to this meal for months but in the end were just a little disappointed. The chef's conceit on the 12 course tasting menu is in theory attractive - to use interesting and diverse ingredients and techniques to create something which...looks like a well known Italian dish but tastes and is something different. We felt that Chef had fallen into the age-old trap of showing his undoubted technical brilliance and cleverness at the expense of maximising taste. Of the 12 dishes the majority did not produce that involuntary 'wow' on first taste that is the hallmark of unctuous umami-ness. In fact, one of two were surprisingly bland. We compared it to our recent L'Enclume experience and found it significantly less tasty. Ambiance was OK, a little reverential without buzz but that can be normal for 3-star venues. The service was up to the mark - well coordinated though understandably somewhat mechanical. The staff were all quite young and insisted on keeping their masks on so the description of the dishes was often inaudible or incomprehensible. I guess the thing that grated the most was the sense that they were managing their margins and not my taste experience. The final savoury dish was billed as a 'Fiorentina' but came as half a gem lettuce accompanied by a steak jus, with the waiter commenting that Chef thinks the best part of a steak is the sauce...so that's what you're getting. I beg to differ and at these prices I'd like to be the judge of that myself.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022

Everything was perfect, from atmosphere to service, from taste to scents, from colors to plating… a pure harmony. But what makes the experience at Osteria Francescana majestic - besides satisfying all your senses, is the vision! When the greatest chef stops by your table and...explains the vision that created an unforgettable dish, the story behind is so precious, so delicate, so creative and genius, that is leaves you speechless.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 22, 2022 via mobile

-This is obviously a very good restaurant. It has been selected twice as the best restaurant in the world, and it has three Michelin stars. Even then it was a disappointment. Fixed menu had 12 dishes. Amuse bouche was included in it. No meat dish....All dish was good, some even very good but even then nothing ”wau”. I wouldn’t regard it in my top 10 list. It is good, very good, but not among the best, unfortunately. I really appreciate the chef Bottura, but food was not at the level expected.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
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