The best restaurants in Modena

The best restaurants in Modena

 There’s more to Italian food than Aceto Balsamico di Modena  — and plenty of exceptional restaurants in Modena where you can experience Italy’s diverse cuisine in all its glory. Browse our list of some of the best places to eat in the city, and start planning your culinary adventure for the next time you’re in Modena.

Osteria Francescana

Arguably Modena’s most exclusive and prestigious restaurant, Osteria Francescana is owned by Massimo Bottura, a world-famous Michelin-starred chef. A meal here is a true experience, and a journey through Massimo’s culinary imagination — but book early, because it’s almost impossible to get a table without a reservation.


Wonderfully welcoming, Vinicio is renowned for its exceptional service and menu of traditional dishes from Modena. Just be certain to leave plenty of room for dessert — locals and tourists alike insist they’re a true highlight.

Dai C’andam

Dai C’andam translates in English as ‘come on, let’s go’ — and that perfectly captures the welcoming, bustling spirit of this risotteria, where the menu is laden with extraordinary risottos. A must-visit destination for anyone in search of a true taste of Italy.

Antica Moka

Home to a trio of tasting menus, each of which pairs a handpicked wine with the elegantly crafted dishes. The fish menu promises delicious twists on traditionally meaty Modena dishes, and comes particularly highly recommended.

Da Danilo

A fantastic restaurant that takes a deep dive into the traditional kitchen tradition of Modena, Danilo is located just 200m from the Duomo — and if you're ever lucky enough to find yourself at a table here, the Gnocco Fritto with ham and handmade tortellini with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena  is a must-try. Buon Appetito!

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