When it comes to one name in cooking we all get excited here at The Mouthful Towers, Massimo Bottura; well, you’ll be happy to know that he has opened his second restaurant, Osteria Gucci and it sounds amazing!
Let’s take a step back and just let you know what this new opening is all about. «Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura» as announced last November has today officially opened its doors and is ready to start taking bookings and meal goers in the historical Palazzo della Mercanzia located in Piazza della Signoria in Florence. It’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, has assembled an area which combines an exclusive boutique and a restaurant where the three Michelin starred chef will be a consultant.
Earlier today on Instagram, Bottura can be heard excitedly opening the restaurant whilst the team celebrate wildly, it’s like Italy scoring at the world cup which, come to think of it, we’ll stop right there.
This particular collaboration has come to fruition thanks to his long standing friend Marco Bizzarri another Modenese with whom Chef Bottura has worked with in the past as well as growing up with (a recent interview in Vogue Italy shows how the two are so connected). It is the first time that the Chef, famed for his eccentric personality and artistic vision in each of his plates brings signature cooking away from Osteria Francescana located north of Florence in Modena.
The head chef of the new venture will be Karime Lopez Kondo, a Mexican chef who has had experience working in Central di Lima, one of the finest restaurants of South America as well as at Osteria Francescana. It is widely reported that Osteria Gucci will have a different take on food compared to Francescana namely incorporating flavours from South America, Asia and naturally Italy.
Today’s opening also coincides with Piti Uomo di Firenze where any man who has never understood high end men’s fashion can look on aghast and return to their bowl of tortellini (possibly) or a traditional tuscan dish “chianina” which is a t-bone steak obviously somehow re-invented in typical Chef Bottura fashion.
In what will certainly be a head turner is the suspected price per dish, 25 Euros which is considerably less than some may imagine.
We are still yet to see any menu or dish prepared but we are sure that whatever the team put together at Osteria Gucci will be more than worth it; so who’s coming with us?