The Best Restaurant In The World Is Not What You're Thinking

Guess again, folks.

People who pay attention to food news may think of Noma as the best restaurant in the world. (These people are not the majority of our population who think Cheesecake Factory is the end-all, be-all of dining).

But listen up, people. There's a new best restaurant in the world, and it isn't the first one that comes to mind. The magic lies behind this demure little doorway in Modena, Italy:

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The best restaurant in the world is officially Osteria Francescana, a small, contemporary Italian spot in the country's northern region. It took top honors in the 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurants, an annual list based on picks from an "academy" of 1,000 professional dining experts, USA Today reports.

Osteria Francescana is known for its playful take on classic Italian dishes, which are said to be influenced by art and music:

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Mmm, there's nothing like a well-plated lettuce leaf.

If you're curious, here are the rest of the top 10 best restaurants in the world. For all 50 names, head over to the official World's 50 Best list. Happy dining!

  1. Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy

  2. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain

  3. Eleven Madison Park in New York City, U.S.

  4. Central in Lima, Peru

  5. Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark

  6. Mirazur in Menton, France

  7. Mugaritz in Errenteria, Spain

  8. Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan

  9. Steirereck in Vienna, Austria

  10. Asador Etxebarri in Axpe, Spain

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