Massimo Bottura is the force behind Osteria Francescana, Italy’s most acclaimed contemporary restaurant, located in the gastronomic heart of the Emilia–Romagna region. Osteria Francescana was ranked third in the 2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list – the highest ranked restaurant in Italy. Chef Massimo Bottura’s cooking speaks of history, memory, fierce regionality and reflects his love of music and contemporary art. To experience his menu is to travel through time, place and emotion. Massimo is visiting Australia in partnership with Phaidon Press and to present his new book, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (Phaidon Press, RRP $79.95).

An Aperitivo with Massimo Bottura and friends

An evening of drinks and spuntini (snacks) inspired by Massimo’s contemporary take on Italian regional cooking, alongside multi-hatted chefs Stefano Manfredi (Osteria Balla), Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at the Spit, Via Alta), Jason Saxby (Osteria Russo & Russo) and Ben Greeno (Momofuku Seiobo). Expect the unexpected, as well as excellent food and drinks.

Tickets include a copy of Massimo’s new book, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (RRP $79.95).

WHEN: Nov 24; 6pm-9pm

WHERE: Osteria Balla, Harbourside at The Star, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

COST: $145, including all drinks, snacks and book.

Limited tickets without book, $120