A Gourmet Retreat in Modena


Twice awarded the title of the World’s Best Restaurant (in 2016 and 2018), chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana has become a place of culinary pilgrimage. Located in the medieval city of Modena, Italy, the Michelin three-star establishment also achieved wider recognition thanks to a popular 2015 episode of “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. Now Bottura and his American wife, Lara Gilmore, have opened an intimate country house hotel, Casa Maria Luigia, located 5 miles to the southeast of the city.

Housed by an 18th-century mansion and surrounded by the agricultural landscape of Emilia Romagna, the property comprises 12 rooms decorated with vintage furniture and contemporary art. Public areas include a hall with frescoed ceiling, a glass-enclosed portico, a cocktail lounge and a family-style kitchen, while the grounds contain a swimming pool, a tennis court and walking trails, as well an extensive vegetable garden. Inevitably, the hotel’s chief draw will be its restaurant, Francescana at Maria Luigia, set within a converted carriage house that boasts an open kitchen. There, a seasonal nine-course tasting menu featuring signature dishes from the Modena restaurant will be served at three communal tables, allowing guests to share a unique and intimate gastronomic experience.

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