After being named the best chef in Italy by an influential dining guide for the second year in a row, Massimo Bottura’s Modena restaurant Osteria Francescana has been named the top restaurant in Europe by popular food site The Daily Meal.
In the group's list of 101 Best Restaurants in Europe, France claimed the most spots with 15 eateries, 11 of which are found in Paris. The highest ranking French restaurant is Guy Savoy in the French capital.
In an attempt to represent as wide a geographical reach as possible, The Daily Meal's inaugural attempt at curating the best dining destinations in Europe includes restaurants in 26 countries, with the notable inclusion of countries such as Slovakia, Slovenia and Estonia in addition to the usual suspects such as England, France and Spain.
And while, predictably, more than half of the restaurants come from capital cities like London and Paris, the list also includes eateries in remote locations like the backwoods of Sweden (Fäviken Magasinet) and Alexander on the island of Muhu off Estonia’s northeast coast.
Meanwhile, topping the list is Bottura’s contemporary, haute gastronomy restaurant Osteria Francescana, which is also ranked the fifth best restaurant in the world, according to UK-based Restaurant magazine.
In October, dining guide Guida Espresso 2013 gave the Modena chef a score of 19.75 out of 20 for his deconstructionist cuisine.
After a seven-month nomination process, a team of 200 restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers and bloggers whittled the list of 1,450 down by region. From there, 33 experts along with Daily Meal editors voted for their regional picks. A second round of voting trimmed the fat from 215 to 101, that called for comparing each restaurant not only against their regional rivals but against finalists across the entire continent.
Here are the top 10 restaurants in Europe in descending order, according to The Daily Meal:
10. JB Restaurant (Ljubljana)
9. L'Arpège (Paris)
8. Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)
7. Varvary (Moscow)
6. Aqua (Wolfsburg, Germany)
5. Guy Savoy (Paris)
4. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester (London)
3. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
2. Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)
1. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)