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Italian restaurant named as best in the world






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A restaurant in Italy has been named as the best in the world. The Osteria Francescana restaurant was named number one at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony. The ceremony is like the Oscars of the food world. Italian food is loved worldwide, but this is the first time an Italian restaurant has won the annual prize. The Osteria Francescana came second in 2015. The chef and owner is Mr Massimo Bottura. He was very emotional when he collected his award. He said: "I want to thank everyone because it has been so hard. Our job is all about art…in the kitchen."

Winning the award is good for business. The Osteria Francescana is fully booked until November. People must make a reservation six months in advance. Customers will fly to Italy just to eat at the restaurant. The judges gave Bottura the award for his creative and original food, and traditional ingredients. Bottura makes amazing shapes with cheese. He creates, "forms and textures most diners will never have…experienced." One of his best-known dishes is a dessert called, "Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart". The chef drops it from half a metre and it smashes on the plate.

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