Massimo Bottura, chef of the internationally renowned restaurant in Modena, Osteria Francescana has opened his first Italian restaurant outside his home city of Modena in Florence.
The restaurant opened to the general public today, 10 January 2018. The chef in charge is Karime Lopez, a Mexican cook who previously worked alongside Virgilio Martinez of Central, Peru and René Redzepi of Noma among others. She also worked at Mugaritz in Spain, Puyol in Mexico and Ryugin in Tokyo, Japan).
She moved to Italy last year when she married Takahiko Kondo or Champion Taka as Massimo Bottura likes to call his sous chef.
The restaurant is in the Gucci garden inside the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, which housed the Gucci Museo. Conceived by creative director Alessandro Michele, the newly designed space features a store with one-of-a-kind items as well as the Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, the restaurant by the three Michelin star chef from Modena.
The restaurant has around 35 covers and mixes Italian cuisine with international influences that the chefs pick whenever they travel abroad. Among the items on the menu is a reinterpretation of the famous Caeser Salad as well as tortellini from Modena with a Parmigiano Reggiano cream. There will be burgers, hot dogs (using the chianina meat from Tuscany), tacos, tortillas, thai aubergine, buns stuffed with pork belly and a risotto where the mountain meets the sea and a bouillabaisse with mixed pasta (from Naples to Marseille).
Prices are said to vary from 15 euros to 30 euros. The restaurant will be open throughout the day.
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura – Firenze – Gucci Garden, piazza della Signoria.