He has never moved from his three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, but now chef Massimo Bottura has been tempted by Gucci, which invited him to take part in the Gucci Garden project. That’s why on 9 January he opened Gucci Osteria, a modern bistrot that takes influences from Bottura’s travels and applies them to Italian cuisine. It is set inside Palazzo della Mercanzia, the former location of the Gucci Museo in the heart of Florence.
"Travelling the world, our kitchen interacts with everything we see, hear and taste,” says Bottura. The menu includes iconic Italian dishes as well as conceptual twists on Mexican or Japanese classics for an all-day fusion experience. While the bistro is set on the ground floor next to a bazaar, the two floors of the Gucci Garden Galleria display clothing, accessories, video installations, artworks, documents and artefacts – an exploration of the eclectic creativity that lies at the very heart of the house.