Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, came in at number one.
It's official: 2016's list of World's 50 Best Restaurants is out, and, for the first time, a restaurant in Italy has taken the top prize.
The winner, Osteria Francescana in Modena, has received accolades for its forward-thinking approach to Italian food (dishes include an amuse bouche of a tomato and mozzarella macaron and a presentation of Parmesan in five different stages of aging).
"My heart is exploding," said Bottura at a press conference after the awards ceremony. "Since the start, we have looked at our past in a deep and critical way. We know exactly where we are and who we are, but we project into the future, break out of the past, and use our contemporary mind." Of the scene at the event itself, he said: "Everything has changed in the last 25 years in gastronomy. We're not here as competitors, but as friends."
Here are some other highlights from the event:
- American restaurants on the list include Eleven Madison Park in NYC (#3), Alinea in Chicago (#15—despite being closed for much of this year), Le Bernardin in NYC (#24), Saison in San Francisco (#27, a new entry), Estela in NYC (#44, another new entry) and Blue Hills at Stone Barns in New York (#48).
- Other new entries include the Clove Club in London (#26) and Restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin (#34).
- San Sebastian and its surrounding area has four winners, including Mugaritz (#7), Asador Etxebarri (#10), Azurmendi (#16), and Arzak (#21). Mexico City maintains three restaurants in the top 50: Quintonil (#12), Pujol (#25), and Biko (#43). Quintonil came up 27 spots from last year's spot, stealing Pujol's lead. Peru has three as well—Central (#4), Maido (#13), and Astrid y Gaston (#30).
- The best restaurant in Asia in Narisawa in Tokyo (#8).
- The best restaurant in Latin America is Central in Lima, Peru (#4).
- The best restaurant in North America is Eleven Madison Park in New York City (#3).
- There are two hotel restaurants on the list—Nahm (#37) at the Como Hotel in Bangkok and Amber at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong (which climbed up 18 spots to #20)
- Next year's awards will be held in Melbourne—yet another budding food city, and home to Attica (#33), the only Australia restaurant to make the top 50.
Here's the full list of winners.
1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
4. Central, Lima, Peru
5. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
6. Mirazur, Menton, France
7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
11. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
12. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
13. Maido, Lima, Peru
14. The Ledbury, London, UK
15. Alinea, Chicago, USA
16. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
17. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
18. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
19. Arpege, Paris, France
20. Amber, Hong Kong, China
21. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
22. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
23. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
24. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
25. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
26. The Clove Club, London, UK
27. Saison, San Francisco, USA
28. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
29. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
30. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
31. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
32. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
33. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
34. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
35. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
36. Borago, Santiago, Chile
37. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
38. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
39. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
40. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
41. Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden
42. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
43. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
44. Estela, New York, USA
45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
46. Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy
47. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
48. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, USA
49. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
50. Septime, Paris, France