Massimo Bottura, the man behind Osteria Francescana—the world's best restaurant, according to last month's announcement of the San Pellegrino 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurants list—plans to bring is considerable culinary clout to New York next year—specifically, the Bronx.
Bottura's not only renowned for his Modena, Italy, restaurant, but also for his charitable efforts to combat hunger and food waste around the world. In Milan, he teamed up with a Catholic charity and top chefs Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and Rene Redzepi of Noma to turn an abandoned theater into Refettorio Ambrosiano, a soup kitchen for the homeless, using leftover food from the Milan Expo. The concept will be recreated in Rio later this summer, feeding the hungry with leftovers from the Olympic games.
Revealed in an Italian news report and in an Instagram post today, next up for Bottura is a “dining hall” in the Bronx, rumored to open next year, a collaboration with the Italian consul in New York, with some connection to legendary actor Robert De Niro. Based on the Refettorio projects in Milan and Rio, this will no doubt be a focus on food waste and sharing with the hungry. Talk about using your power for good.