Michelin three-starred chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which has twice been named the world’s best restaurant, has again teamed up with Gucci to open his first American venture. The new address on a Los Angeles rooftop owned by the luxury brand will open to the public on 17 February. It was the venue for a pre-Oscars event on 8 February that attracted a galaxy of stars.
“Tortellini with Parmesan cream”, “risotto camouflaged as pizza made with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella”, and “smoked chocolate ganache, miso caramel, chocolate sorbet, chocolate star-crisps and cocoa nibs” are just a few of the delights on the menu of the new Gucci Osteria.
“Osteria” recalls the name of Massimo Bottura’s famed three-star restaurant in Modena, and offers a pleasant view over Beverly Hills from its premises on the rooftop of the Gucci store on Rodeo Drive.
This is not the first time that Bottura has collaborated with the luxury brand. Together they opened the first Gucci Osteria in Florence in 2018, and some of the dishes from that address will be making the journey to the United States. So too will be some of the delights from the chef’s flagship restaurant in Modena. However, Massimo has pledged that the new venture will offer “a journey of Italian flavours meeting the Los Angeles food map”, and that the LA kitchen will draw inspiration from the Californian city.
This may be Massimo Bottura’s first American restaurant, but the new culinary adventure is by no means his first experience in the United States. As his portrait in the Netflix series “Chef’s Table” points out, the Italian is very attached to the city of New York, where he worked and met his wife Lara Gilmore.
The chef is also planning to open a “refettorio”, a socially-conscious nonprofit restaurant with a menu sourced from unsold food, in the Big Apple. The launch of this project, which already has outlets in Rio, Paris and London, is scheduled for September 2020.
Finally, Gucci Osteria will soon have a third address in Ginza, the fashion neighbourhood of Tokyo.