Some of our most important moments as people are defined by the meals we share – and as the living embodiment of the word opulence, when I had the opportunity to say I had dinner at Gucci I had to break this bread. Yes, in case you were wondering, Gucci does indeed have a restaurant. Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills da Massimo Bottura is an intimate rooftop restaurant located atop the luxury houses Rodeo Drive flagship store. With a deeply Italian menu, welcoming open terrace, and décor paying homage to the first Gucci Osteria in Florence, this is one-of-a-kind dining experience for those who love good food and all things opulent.
As extraordinary as the idea of dining dripping in brand’s the eponymous apparel and luxury accessories, this blog will focus on the dining experience and what we ordered at Gucci’s Beverly Hills restaurant. For those interested, check out my full get ready with me vlog linked here.
An Honest Review: Gucci Restaurant in Beverly Hills & Menu Taste Test
The first thing that shines about Gucci Osteria is the grade A service my friend and I received. When sat in our gorgeous wooden chairs and surrounded by Gucci Décor wallpaper, you’re almost distracted as the servers elegantly drape your napkin on you. I believe it’s important to share that like all open-dining restaurants open in Los Angeles, Gucci Osteria is following COVID-19 safety guidelines in requiring face masks when not eating, offering only limited seating, and checking temperatures of patrons and staff. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the appetizers and the Gucci bread we broke.
The first plate we had were bite-size dumplings, wrapped in a flower printed paper, primed for dipping in a truffle mayonnaise blend. Inspired by the chefs of Gucci Osteria with a diverse cultural makeup, I could taste the harmonization of this Asian-Italian fusion. Our server invited us to follow these dumplings with the aforementioned Gucci bread. A basket that included 72-hour aged sourdough bread rested in the middle of the table. The bread was not the star – the real star of this pre-entrée experience was the Gucci Osteria butter! I don’t know many who rave about butter, expect when it’s the iconic, “I can’t believe it’s not butter!” tagline. But when I tell you this Gucci better was delicious – it was decadent. This butter molded in the shape of a Gucci flower was well loved by our table.
If you come to the Gucci restaurant, you must try the signature cocktails. I had the Gucci Spritz and my friend had the Gimme More. The spritz like any good Aperol spritz was fresh, crisp, and aromatic. The gimme more was described by my friend as tangy, sweet, but not too sweet, and rich in a passionfruit flavor. After a few bites of the bread, we ordered our food. My friend and I each got two plates. (It’s worth mentioning that my dining partner is vegetarian. While she could find dining options, as the menu is Italian inspired for those mindful of cheese and gluten, I wouldn’t say you have too many options at Gucci Osteria.)
This was more than a good cheat day; this was an iconic day of indulgence. Our dining experience included: Tortellini (Parmigiano Reggiano sauce); Flying Buffalos (Organic buffalo, carrots, labneh); the iconic Emilia Burger, in a mini (Beef sirloin, cotechino, salsa verde, balsamic mayonnaise); and Eggplant Parmigiana (Tomato, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano); for the dessert we had the choclate dessert Charlie Goes to Hollywood (Chocolate, miso, lemon jam).
Honestly, I loved every bite that I had of the Flying Buffalos dish. The buffalo meat was so tender – it practically fell apart as I poked it with my fork. The carrot on top added a nice crunch to juxtapose the buttery smooth meat. The chef added a balsamic glaze to the meat and this added bit elevated every bite. While the meat was rich, the controlled portion helped me from feeling heavy after finishing the Flying Buffalos. My second dish was the Emilia burger aka the Gucci burger and along with being photogenic it was delicious. I had the mini size and wow do I wish I had opted in for the full size! The bread was soft and the sirloin meat and salsa verde combination was it for me.
I got a small bite of the tortellini and eggplant plates as well. The eggplant dish was good, but I am not someone who normally opts in for this kind of dish. The star of these plates ordered by Maia, my friend, was the Tortellini. My friend and I both wondered if this dish had meat (FYI it doesn’t) because of how rich and savory it was! Pro tip order the truffle on this plate to really blow your mind and tastebuds.
That is all for my dinner at Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills blog! Thank you so much for reading this, make sure to comment below if you want to go or have been to Gucci Osteria, share this post with a friend, and also check out the vlog below! Thanks for reading these Words by Will!
Transforming your life is no easy feet and you cannot do it on tired feet. When I started my fitness journey one year ago, I had no idea of the importance of investing in good active wear. I recently purchased my first pair of Athletic Propulsion Lab Shoes, for those in the know it’s just APL shoes. These training shoes could be considered luxury but for those serious about upping their athletic performance these shoes are essentials. After testing my APLs in several legendary leg workouts, I can say with full confidence that my performance has greatly improved since using these training shoes.
Some background on my athletic prowess, I am not a professional athlete or certified trainer. However, I have found that certain workout programs and styles do overall work well in attaining certain goals. In this post I’ll talk about my leg/booty/lower body routine that I’ve seen real results in. Whether you want to strengthen or tone your lower body, this is my routine and my review of my brand-new APL Men’s TechLoom Wave shoes (for reference, I am a size 9 US and have the color Pristine/Silver Travertine/Marble).
For those unfamiliar with APL, here’s a brief summary of the brand taken from their website. “Based in Los Angeles, APL (Athletic Propulsion Labs®) was founded in March 2009, by then 22 year-old identical twins Adam and Ryan Goldston. As former two sport collegiate athletes, playing both basketball and football at the University of Southern California, Adam and Ryan created APL; a company that makes revolutionary products symbolizing the intersection of luxury and performance” (APL website). I first discovered this brand the same way many others have – via fitness and lifestyle influencers on Instagram.
Working Out With Influencer Approved APL Sneakers - Are They Worth It?
I bought my pair in person at company’s boutique at The Grove and I received a great discount. (APL often has good discounts so it’s always worth asking in-person.) If you’re interested in investing in a pair, I recommend go with your true size. The shoes will run a little tight. But because of it’s innovative weaving it won’t be uncomfortable when training. The style I bought is the TechLoom Wave. This APL shoe style is technically one of their running shoes. However, in my experience it offered me great support in both HIIT workouts and in strength training. Whether I’m jumping into a burpee or kneeing into a squat, this shoe has absorbed impact and lessened the strain on my body.
After a car accident I suffered back in February 2019 my athletic performance suffered. I started at 0 when I returned back to fitness. Where my lower body used to my strongest muscle group, it became my weakest. But since training with my APL’s, I genuinely have felt comfortable in working out with weights again. While APL shoes have a hefty price, I think that you’re investing in quality. And after the workouts my trainers have put me through, I guarantee that these shoes can endure it all. In case your curious, below is the legendary lower body workout that I cannot swear enough by:
Legendary Lower Body HIIT Workout
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.