Massimo Bottura, the chef and founder of the world’s best restaurant — the three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana — has collaborated with Italian fashion house Gucci to open Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, a lifestyle restaurant concept for Gucci Garden in Florence, Italy.
Start booking right now, because from 1 May 2019 to 2 June 2019, there’ll be a Singapore edition of the concept hosted at The Arts House, a 200-year-old building that mirrors the Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence where the Gucci Garden is located.
The Singapore edition of Gucci Osteria will be a 60-seater space that’s open for lunch service from Friday to Sunday; and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday; with options for free-flow beverages at a supplement.
Behind the stoves will be Gucci Osteria’s head chef Karime Lopez, who has been transplanted to Singapore just for this occasion. The degustation-only menus won’t be just dishes from Osteria Francescana though. While some of Bottura’s signature dishes like The Crunchy Part of the Lasagne — a crispy piece of pasta perched over ragu and bechamel — will be available, the dishes offered will also draw inspiration from Lopez’s travels and experiences.
Shares Lopez: “At our first international edition, we want to showcase the best of global cuisine, as a country’s cuisine is no longer confined to its birthplace – it can always be reinterpreted and refined. The cuisine we are presenting is not just traditional Italian, but rather a cultural expression that resonates with the global diner of today.”
Highlights include the Taka bun (endearingly named for Lopez’s husband), an Asian-style pork belly bun with a bit of international influence from its balsamic-miso sauce, yuzu, and raspberry vinegar. There’s also the Charley Marley, a dark chocolate-and-kaya sandwich created in tribute to Bottura’s second son, Charlie.
Gucci, meanwhile, will be responsible for the aesthetics of the dining experience. The pop-up will use Gucci Herbarium crockery from the Gucco Decor collection, which features a botanical motif of cherry plants inspired by a pattern previously used by the house in their read-to-wear collections — the very same motif that will appear on the wallpaper of the “contemporary renaissance” inflected space.
The Arts House is located at Level 2, 1 Old Parliament Lane.