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Is Massimo Bottura Moving His Restaurant to London?

Osteria Francescana, rated number three in the world, might be closing.

Bottura's recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.
Bottura's recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.
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Acclaimed Italian chef Massimo Bottura might be packing his bags for London. Bloomberg reports that the Michelin-starred chef is "considering moving overseas with his family and closing" Osteria Francescana, his three Michelin-starred Modena restaurant that is currently ranked number three on the World's 50 Best list.

Bottura says the idea of a potential move to London came from his wife; the couple has two children, a special needs son and a daughter who will soon be attending university. As far as a possible relocation of his restaurant, he tells Bloomberg, "I would close here gradually: Not shutting it down and a year later opening in London. We would keep working here and in the meantime working and opening in London, then closing very gently the restaurant in Modena."

Bottura, a 25-year industry vet, recently released a cookbook, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef; he also has a namesake restaurant located inside Eataly's Istanbul outpost.

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