GUCCI OS­TE­RIA, FLORENCE

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On the first floor of the Gucci Gar­den, which is sit­u­ated on the beau­ti­ful Palazzo della Mer­canzia, re­sides Gucci Os­te­ria. The in­cred­i­ble cul­tural his­tory of Re­nais­sance Florence per­me­ates the restau­rant, as well as the rest of the site (there’s a huge 19th-century oil por­trait by Domenico In­duno in one of the pre­sen­ta­tion rooms that ev­ery­one should see). Chef Mas­simo Bot­tura – who holds three Miche­lin stars for his restau­rant Os­te­ria Frances­cana in Mo­dena – leads the kitchen here, and he brings an in­ge­nious menu to Gucci Os­te­ria, one that you can en­joy in a din­ing room dec­o­rated with cul­ture. Orig­i­nal stone mer­chant coats-of-arms from the 12th century adorn the walls, while fram­ing the eaves of the room are lines from the 15th-century car­ni­val song Can­zona of the Seven Plan­ets, writ­ten in gold let­ter­ing. Mod­ern art, it ain’t; a hum­bling artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, it most cer­tainly is.

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