Italian chef Massimo Bottura, who currently holds the title of running the world's best restaurant, is entering the hotel business with the opening of a luxury inn in Italy.
Named after his mother, Maria Luigia is located 20 minutes outside Modena, Italy, not far from his flagship, triple Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana. Together with his wife Lara Gilmore, Bottura has been restoring the country estate with the aim of opening this spring.
Situated on 12 acres, the three-story hotel will feature a swimming pool and tennis court and will be stocked with original artwork from Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin.
Instead of peanuts and travel-sized liquors, rooms will be stocked with snacks local to the region—chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano and half bottles of Lambrusco, or sparkling red wine, says WSJ. An eat-in kitchen will serve breakfast and a light lunch.
Room rates start at US$519 a night. The bed and breakfast is Bottura's latest major project. This week, Bottura's first international restaurant Torno Subito opened at the W Dubai—the Palm hotel on the Palm Jumeirah.
Following Gucci Osteria, a café inside the museum and retail space Gucci Garden in Florence, the chef is also set to open another café for the luxury Italian brand in Beverly Hills.