Italy 2, France 0: Massimo Bottura and Osteria Francescana impress French president

Above: Five ages, textures, and temperatures of Parmigiano Reggiano at Osteria Francescana in Modena, one of Chef Massimo Bottura’s signature dishes.

On Thursday of last week, French president François Hollande and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi held a meeting over dinner at Chef Massimo Bottura’s 3-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena.

At the end of the meal, when the chef went out into the dining room to chat with his guests and ask Hollande what he thought of the meal, the French president responded: “Italy 2, France 0.”

Don’t get us wrong: We love French food just as much as anyone.

But Italian food rules!

One of the things that sets Italian cuisine apart from French is the food products.

And in the case of Osteria Francescana, the chef has a great advantage thanks to hometown food products like Parmigiano Reggiano, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, and Prosciutto di Parma.

And, of course, there’s another superior “food” product that chef Massimo had at his disposal: Our Prosecco Colfòndo, which is served by the glass at his restaurant!

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