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Osteria Francescana, Modena — 35 Comments

  1. After all of your talk about the quality of the service, I cannot believe that you left absolutely no service. These are professional servers who build experience from around the world, not local delicatessan servers. Also, coperto does not even go toe the servers. If you cannot afford to leave proper service, you cannot afford to dine there!

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    • Frank, thank you for your comment. After dining at numerous restaurants in Europe, we have been told that adding a tip is not necessary, nor the custom. Tipping is in fact not ordinarily expected in many countries where restaurant staff are paid a decent salary. This dining experience was one we could afford, even at the exchange rate of R14:€1. I will keep in mind that the coperto does not go to the servers when next we dine in a restaurant where that is charged.

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  2. This sounds like a really special restaurant, Tandy. I do agree that South African fine dining is very hard to beat. Good service is really important though, and one can so often be disappointed in this regard.

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    • I would love to have a restaurant staff training company 🙂

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  4. It is a she the meal was not greater than the 1 hat counterparts you have named. it certainly looks delicious, but you are right… there is not a single vegetable or fruit in sight 0! I do love the creamy look of the Modenese Tortellini in cream of Parmigiano Reggiono, but again… 3 stars?? The expectation is a little higher. I am sure it would be a lovely meal to share with a loved one.
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    • It was great for Dave and I to do this together 🙂

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  5. I am sure it was a wonderful experiance, and glad to take note of the quality of food available here in SA–we lack in the service department but our food really packs a flavourful punch

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    • You have hit the nail right on the head Usha 🙂

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  6. I quickly scrolled thru’ this last night with no time to comment. On a second scroll now, knowing how you had felt, I did it more slowly: I was of course not there to taste the food, but a few of the courses [ie the tortelini and the prosciutto] said vey little about any original thoughts emanating from the restaurant . . . perhaps menus vary due to quite a few circumstances . . .

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    • I am not sure what the proscuitto says about Massimo! It was so ordinary 🙂

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  7. I like the memory of a mortadella sandwich – sounds very interesting. And a good wine, I could have a glass right now.
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    • Good wine makes all the difference!

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  8. Note to self, don’t read food blogs on an empty stomach. I need, want, have to have it all! You’re living the life!

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    • I read blogs before breakfast every morning, accompanied by a lot of stomach rumbling 😉

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  9. What a pity it wasn’t the experience you were hoping for Tandy, especially at those prices and is so nice to hear we can offer better here at home, although I am sure we could get a few lessons in the service you enjoyed.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    • I would love to train staff to give that type of service as it is all about attention to detail 🙂

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      • Now there’s a good idea! Thanks for a super post, so sad to be so disappointed. Appearance adds much to the perception of the food and the dishes just don’t look so artistic or appealing 🙁

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        • Thank you for taking the time to read it though xox

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  10. It does look a very meat-centric meal, and I guess that is less surprising in the North… but no contorno or salad?
    I love Italian food, and the fact that often you can get really great food in a family restaurant with not a star in sight. It must be quite hard to present Italian tradition with a three star worthy twist.
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    • We have had some amazing meals in out of the way places – with lovely fresh ingredients. I also love Italian food and could easily live there 🙂

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  11. Hi tandy I was amazed to see this post. i have just written a post about Tacha the pasta chef that works at Osteria Francescana. look forward to reading more on your journey
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    • I look forward to reading that Tania. The pasta was sublime and I am not surprised there is one chef working on just this part of the menu 🙂

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  12. It is always an interesting experience to eat in a Michelin starred restaurant. Overall, I have had memorable experiences but occasionally there is one that I have said was good but not outstanding.

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    • I look forward to trying out more Michelin starred restaurants 🙂

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  13. It sounds like a wonderful experience but a shame that you were a little disappointed. I do understand – I have been to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant twice and the first time he was there working and controlling things and it was wonderful, the second time he wasn’t and it was all just very..,uninspiring.

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    • We tried to go when we were in Padstow but they were closed 🙂

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  14. What a great find Tandy! And mortadella mousse is really interesting too-I don’t think I’ve ever seen that! 🙂
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    • It was very interesting!

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  15. Hi there Tandy! You look like you were having a great time in Italy. I would like to try the ribs with the glazed balsamic. You are certainly in the best spot to try that. I hope you bring home lots of great Vino, olive oil and balsamic from your trip.

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    • We did not bring home any wine, but we did bring back some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I fell in love with prosecco so I will be bringing some of that back in October 🙂

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  16. 3rd best? What an accomplishment 😀
    You are very lucky to visit and thank you for sharing with us all the gourmet eats!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • We were very lucky indeed!

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  17. I’m sorry you were disappointed, but your photos are top class. Glad to know that we have equally/better offerings in South Africa.

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    • Dave took all the photos as he was sitting in the better light. Thankfully I can drive a short distance to eat decent food 🙂

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