Chef Massimo Bottura headlined opening night of restaurant booking platform Resy and American Express’ four-day pop-up in the Miami Design District. The space features a custom art installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III, Garden of Reflections, who previously showed at Art Basel in the Faena Arts District. Smith’s piece, called Garden of Reflections, is composed of 17 mirrored, columnar structures that reflect the design district surroundings.
Italy’s most famous chef – who will open a restaurant in Miami in 2023, named Torno Subito – gave guests a taste of his highly artistic cuisine and drew some of the art world’s top names. Attendees included art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, artists JR and José Parlá, Sotheby’s VP of Contemporary Curated Charlotte Van Dercook, Phaidon CEO Keith Fox, COTE chef and co-owner David Shim, and more.
The menu of Bottura signatures (The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna, Oops… I Dropped the Lemon Tart) delighted the 120 guests who snagged reservations through Resy before they sold out in under 30 seconds.
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And the finale, pictured above, another Massimo Bottura signature:
Oops… I Dropped the Lemon Tart: This dessert calls attention to the poetry of imperfection. Lemon zabaglione, verbena sorbet and fragmented pie crust meet candied bergamot, savory capers, dried oregano, and hot pepper oil in praise of Southern Italy, a place that is broken but never without emotion.