Photo Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills_Courtesy of Pablo Enriquez for Gucci
On 17 February, Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura will officially open to the public in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Massimo Bottura, the three-Michelin-star chef from Osteria Francescana in Modena was the first to announce the news on social media last weekend. With an Instagram post he announced: "Knock knock! Who's There? It's me! It's time to open! It's February 8th, get ready."
It's the second Gucci Osteria in the portfolio: the first, helmed by Mexican chef Karime Lopez, was inaugurated in Florence, Italy in January 2018 and recently won its first star, with the Michelin Italy 2020 Guide. It is a collaboration with the fashion house Gucci, is housed in a 14th century palace, and seats 50 people.
The new Californian adventure was celebrated last weekend with a big show biz party, attended by characters ranging from the CEO of Gucci Marco Bizzarri to the actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek, in addition to the staff of Gucci Osteria.
Massimo Bottura's new LA restaurant
Located on the Gucci rooftop in Beverly Hills, at 347 Rodeo Drive, the intimate 50 seater venue, with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills and Rodeo Drive is where the three star Italian chef, together with Karime Lopez and Mattia Agazzi (the chef who will take the reins of the kitchen in Los Angeles), will offer diners a journey into Italian flavours, influenced by diversity of local gastronomy.
Photo: Courtesy of Brad Elterman for Gucci
Iconic dishes on the menu include Tortellini with Parmigiano Reggiano Cream and the famous Emilia Burger. But there will also be creations such as camouflage Risotto like a pizza, with tomato, basil and mozzarella, or Spaghetto bouillabesse. (see the dishes in the gallery below)
As for the location design, many elements reflect the Osteria in Florence, from the comfortable wicker dining chairs and red marble dining tables to more distinguished touches unique to the US address of unique herringbone wood flooring and cherry red velvet banquettes. An outdoor terrace comes complete with Italian marble mosaic floors and features an antique wooden pulpit serving as the Osteria’s outdoor bar.
Massimo Bottura’s Other Lauded Culinary Ventures
It is not the first time that Bottura has landed beyond European borders: find out all about Torno Subito, the restaurant that the three-starred chef opened last year in Dubai. It’s a far cry from formal dining, and people that come to eat there can come in straight from the beach, put together a picnic, and even take out pedal boats. The décor evokes Italy’s heyday in the 1960’s and is full of colour, with nods to Fellini.
The innovative chef, who won European chef of the year in 2016, among many other accolades, is best known for his Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena, Italy. This restaurant has three Michelin stars and has topped multiple World’s Best Restaurant lists in the last decade, including Restaurant magazine’s list in 2018. It was the first Italian restaurant to do so, and exquisite Italian ingredients are the protagonists of its menu.
Bottura's Modena bistro has launched an online food shop and delivery service in Italy, featuring dishes from the restaurant as well as produce from like-minded producers and restaurants in the Emilia Romagna region.
The chef from Osteria Francescana in Modena has written a letter to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, highlighting the important role of restaurants in Italy, and why now, more than ever, they need help.