Gucci Museum in Florence reopens

12 January, 2018, 19:34 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Gucci Museum in Florence reopens

Gucci certainly isn't the first to enter the fine dining business-Ralph Lauren, Versace, Giorgio Armani, and Tiffany & Co.'s got there before. Gucci Osteria, a 50-seater restaurant in Florence, is part of Gucci Garden, a multi-level venture that also has a museum, 30-seat cinema, boutique and gift shop, all housed inside the 14th-century Palazzo della Mercanzi. Now, for 2018, nascent (ish) creative director Alessandro Michele has bought the space fully in line with his distinctive creative vision.

The redesigned Palazzo della Mercanzia, formerly used as the Gucci Museum since 2011, now acts as a multipurpose creative space that will feature curated archives, artwork, exclusive collections, and more. Michele said in a statement, "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".

And yet, here we are, because Gucci has just opened up a literal restaurant and the menu sounds delicious enough, to be honest.

The eatery will be headed by chef Massimo Bottura, the man behind the three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, which was named the best restaurant in the world in 2016.

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On December 2 of past year, Lil Pump's hit single "Gucci Gang" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Massimo Bottura just may have been listening. For the junk food addicts, Gucci Osteria also includes creative interpretations of hot dogs and burgers and a selection of worldwide cuisine-Peruvian tostadas and pork belly buns being the stars of the show. The second floor contains the two-room DE RERUM NATURA and EPHEMERA.

The "Guccification" room inside the galleria.

The menu might appeal to fashion-conscious travelers looking for a slice of Gucci glamor.

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