Gucci's opened a restaurant in Florence because pasta is timeless

Bessie Dean
January 12, 2018

The lush osteria serving up pasta and other Italian dishes can be found at the brand new Gucci Garden in Florence, an interactive creative experience conceived by designer Alessandro Michele.

Launched on Tuesday, Gucci Garden combines the most vital elements of luxury, creating a boutique/museum hybrid, made all the more indulgent with the scent of fine Italian cuisine wafting up from the ground floor.

Gucci Garden is a reinvention of the Gucci Museo at the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, which dates back to 1337.

Speaking about the design, a statement from Michele reads: "The garden is real, but it belongs above all to the mind, populated with plants and animals: like the snake, which slips in everywhere, and in a sense, symbolizes a perpetual beginning and a perpetual return". Well, aside from the ubiquity of the tune's simple yet effective hook, the world-renowned chef behind the three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana has a new venture that, to fully explain, involves saying the word "Gucci" almost as many times as the song. There are also a fair number of dishes inspired by Bottura's world travels, including Peruvian tostadas and Asian-tinged buns stuffed with fatty pork belly.

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Now fully open to the public, the menu, glimpsed here, includes the parade of pasta one expects from Bottura considering Osteria Francescana's carbo-loaded cameo on the Netflix show Master of None.

Take a tour of the luxurious restaurant of Gucci.

"We decided to make the space a laboratory where you have all the elements with which to creatively experiment", said curator Maria Luisa Frisa, who designed the space along with Michele.

The "Guccification" room inside the galleria. The gallery will also include sections examining the evolution of the Gucci logo over the years, iconic pieces produced by the fashion house, and a 30-seat auditorium.

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