Massimo Bottura, the three-Michelin-star Italian chef, arrives in Florence with Gucci Osteria, inside the Gucci Garden, a new space for Florentine fashion brands. Located in the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, in addition to the tavern, Gucci Garden also hosts a boutique of unique edition products, an auditorium and an exhibition area. The creative liaison between Gucci and Bottura celebrates two things Italy is very much renowned for: fashion and fine cuisine. Head of the team at the tavern is Colombian chef Ana Karime Lopez Kondo, wife of Bottura’s sous chef, Taka Kondo. In other words: an explosive blend of flavours ranging from Italy to the Orient, passing through Colombia, and then all over the world. The menu therefore benefits from all these contaminations and offers cosmopolitan titbits such as the “Taka-ban”, the classic Japanese steamed bun with pork belly and spicy sauce, or marinated Adriatic palamita with tortilla or fried aubergines in shiso sauce. But there are also tortellini in cream of parmigiano reggiano cheese, carciofi alla giudia and Chianina hot dog.