“Can the tourists just stop with their cappuccinos, their pizzas and their kebabs?” laughs Massimo Bottura as the Gucci Osteria, for which he is responsible, opened this January 9th. The best chef in the world (according to the 2016 Fifty Best ranking) with 3 Michelin stars for his restaurant in Modena and star of the first episode of the Netflix series “Chef’s Table”, has a whole new ambition for visitors to the Tuscan capital. Joining forces with the house of Gucci, he is promising the essence of his cooking in a series of a small sampling dishes available throughout the day, costing between 20 and 30 euros: a creamy risotto with mushrooms, tortellini Parmigiano Reggiano, but also a brioche filled with pork belly, “the best hot dogs and burgers” … And?
… And, despite the small number of covers at the Gucci Osteria, it won’t be necessary to reserve a table a year in advance, or send a letter of motivation (explaining to the chef why you deserve a seat in his restaurant) as was the case with his Osteria Francescana in Modena. On the kitchen side of things, there’s Massimo Bottura’s signature dish: tortellini with Parmigiano Reggiano matured for 36 months. “My secret?” confides the chef, “I create a sauce with Parmigiano Reggiano and water. Just water. It’s the truth. If I use butter or cream, you lose the real flavour of the product. A taste that has been locked in my memory since I was a child and that I wanted to reproduce here. If you want to promote cooking that is good and healthy, you have to pay a lot of attention to the fats you use!” The result will no doubt seduce foodies as much as those looking for a something a little lighter.
“My secret? I created the Parmigiano Reggiano sauce using water.”