Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, came in at number one.

By Stephanie Wu
June 14, 2016
World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards
Credit: Courtesy The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards

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).

Osteria Francescana's chef, Massimo Bottura, has run the restaurant with his wife Lara for 21 years, and starred in the first episode of Netflix's acclaimed Chef's Table documentary.

"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:

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