From Massimo Bottura's MasterClass

Bonus: The Story Behind Two Dishes From Osteria Francescana

Massimo shares how he came up with the recipes for two signature dishes served at Osteria Francescana—The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna and Mediterranean Sole—and demonstrates how they each come together as final plates.

Topics include: The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna • Mediterranean Sole


Massimo shares how he came up with the recipes for two signature dishes served at Osteria Francescana—The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna and Mediterranean Sole—and demonstrates how they each come together as final plates.

Topics include: The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna • Mediterranean Sole

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MASSIMO BATTURA (VOICEOVER): At Osteria Francescana, everything we think, see, and learn gets squeezed into our cuisine. It take consciousness, vision, and intuition to create the recipe. It takes faith. You are challenging yourself. Each time is like the first over and over and over again. [MUSIC PLAYING] - Guys, let's step to the craziness and the confusion and the chaos in my mind, creativity. [LAUGHTER] So what we do everyday in Osteria Francescana, we ask ourselves question-- the most crazy question. And we give answer to those questions. How can we rejoined spaghetti and bolognesa sauce after traveling all over the world and found this spaghetti bolognesa sauce, and bolognesa sauce doesn't match with spaghetti? So the only answer is transform the spaghetti into tagliatelle, but we already show you. Or the lasagna is another way to do that. So what we did is like, we create spaghetti and tomato, spaghetti and Parmigiano-Reggiano, spaghetti and fresh herbs. And once we were ready, we put it in a blender. And we create three different dough-- put together as an Italian flag and roll it as it was pasta. Right? Then we cut it in rectangles, shape them like this. And we dehydrate them very, very slow. At this point, we fried them. Then we smoke them. And at last things, we burn them, as to transform spaghetti and tomato, spaghetti and Parmigiano, spaghetti and fresh herbs into the crunchy parts of the lasagna, because we were unhappy just with the classic lasagna. The classic lasagna is not an emotional dish. It's the crunchy part of the lasagna that is the emotional part of the dish. You know, it's me to share with the word that the joy of a kid and during their lunch, like Sunday lunch, when the grandmother brings the big pan of the lasagna to fight with the older brother to eat the crunchy parts of the lasagna. The rest is for the adults. They want to eat a lot. But for us, it's all about eating emotions. And there's nothing more emotional than the crunchy part of the lasagna. So once you transform the Italian flag into the crunchy part of the lasagna-- smoked and burn and very soft-- we're going to finish the dish like this. This is the bolognesa sauce that is going to put on the top on the-- you're going to plate at the bottom of the plate. Then we're going to add a little bit of Bechamel, so it's like-- but very, very light, because Bechamel is usually too heavy. So we put in the siphon. And we charge it with the double charge of gas. And we're going to serve it at 60 degrees. Or so it's like, warm and softer. And with a little touch of nutmeg to evoke nostalgia, please, Mr. Kondo. And then you finish with the crunchy part of the lasagna. So this is what we do everyday in Osteria Francescana. People are traveling from all over the world. Of course, with the good food, we are a three Michelin star. But it's much more than that. It's about feeding people with emotions. [MUSIC PLAYING] It...

Reimagine your cooking

Massimo Bottura, chef of the three-Michelin-star Osteria Francescana, treats his world-renowned restaurant as a laboratory of ideas. In his MasterClass, he shares how he transforms classic, regional Italian recipes into exciting modern dishes. You’ll learn how to make rich, flavorful tagliatelle al ragù, pumpkin risotto, and a MasterClass-exclusive Emilia Burger recipe. Develop your palate and embark on a culinary adventure.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This was a great one, well presented with some wonderful ideas. More of that!!!

Wow the passion, attention to detail, and focus on ingredients came through so well. I loved his excitement, the meticulousness of Taka, and all of the skills shown by his guests. I particularly loved the time he spent discussing wasting food and giving practical tips to circumvent it. Really fantastic!!!!

love the way, He presents and amazing and mouth watering recipes. simplicity ....

Massimo is an amazing chef! Wish this class was longer with more recipes.


Ricardo J.

Your passion for food is really contagious, loved this masterclass, Thank You.

Ines S.

This Master Class lesson is as delightful and savory as the recipe. I truly enjoy Massimo Bottura's teaching style. You can't help but to be moved and inspired by his contagious creativity and eloquence. I've been thinking about the range of tastes and flavors in this recipe and there is something, regarding the Umami taste, that's not clear to me. Do each sauce have to be umami on its own or, is the sum of taste of each sauce that builds up the umami taste of the dish? If someone can explain this to me, I would much appreciate it.

Rita L.

Brilliant lesson, so entertaining and get lots of inspiration from your lesson Massimo. To take the Master Class is the best decision I ever made. I will try to put most of your recipes on my dinner table when I have friends over for dinner. Thank you.

Stephen D.

Massimo is soooo brilliant. So Italien. If you stand next to him you'd better be wearing protective goggles. His hands go everywhere :-) Bet Taka has had his face slapped a few times. This is a brilliant masterclass. Pure passion. Amazing to watch.

Arie S.

Entertaining and inspiring MasterClass. Thoroughly enjoyed Massimo’s energy and free spirited approach.

Superb .... what did Massimo put into the sauce of the fillets of Sole ... its totally white, sea water yes and juices of the sous vide cooking .... but why is it so white???

Srikanth M.

Chef Massimo Bottura very successfully transferred his passion of taking the traditional Italian cuisine and evolving it into a future directed by your palate. He encourages experimenting with local produce and controlling kitchen waste by recycling left over food. Amazing master class, Highly recommended.

Lyn M.

His pure joy of food and cooking comes through with every word and gesture.

Aisling N.

Love his take on creativity and explanation of bringing classics into the present