Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills is the second Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura to clinch a Michelin star following the success of the first one that opened in Florence, Italy.
Promoting modern Italian cuisine while embracing local Californian ingredients, Gucci Osteria is led by the young Italian chef Mattia Agazzi, under the guidance of chef Massimo Bottura of three-star Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy and Karime Lopez, chef of the first Gucci Osteria in Florence.
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura are a series of three contemporary restaurants that share the same values and principles under one Gucci Osteria umbrella. The restaurants are located in Florence, Tokyo and L.A. The Florence restaurant clinched a Michelin star earlier this year under the helm of chef Karime Lopez.
Commenting on the award Mattia said, “This is a reward for the whole Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills team. It has been a very challenging time for the global hospitality industry, and we were forced to close after just a few weeks of opening, re-opening months later. The team, however, has remained focused, united and driven to create dishes of style and substance. We’re lucky to have some of the best ingredients in the world on our doorstep, and we love exploring Los Angeles and the great state of California. The fact that we can use Californian ingredients to present a contemporary Italian cuisine inspires us, and to be recognised for this is something very special indeed, grazie!”
With this philosophy in mind, Mattia has used his California location to spearhead a new type of cuisine, harnessing the very best in seasonal produce, creating playful interpretations of classic Italian dishes. Recent dish examples include “Uni Carbonara” using sea urchins from the Santa Barbara Coast, mixed with egg tagliolini and thinly chopped guanciale-style calamari, and “I Love Rock Climbing” in which wild morels are brought to the next level, presented side by side with cuts of plump, meaty trout.
Mattia Agazzi was appointed head chef for Gucci Osteria BH in 2020, bringing the youthful energy and philosophy of the original Gucci Osteria in Florence to Los Angeles. For a chef that is ingredient-led and whose Italian background provides a foundation for creativity, California and Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills are a natural home for Mattia and his approach to food and dining. Growing up in Bergamo in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy gave Mattia a landscape to explore. Close to mountain ranges and deep countryside, Lombardy is a region that has four distinct seasons offering an incredible range of produce, and roots for personal inspiration. Lombardy was to Mattia a clean slate, as open as a blank page waiting to be filled with the musings and creations of a talented chef who is also a passionate forager, an ardent angler, and on top, a first-class outdoor athlete and daredevil free rock climber. These are the same hobbies that he naturally still pursues in his free time in California.