Over half million people will have attended the Milan Design Week when the internationally renowned Italian exhibition on design and furniture closes next Sunday. More than ever, this year the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is allowing its visitors to enjoy great Italian food and wines at some of the best designed restaurant and bars of Italy. After all, Milan is the Italian capital of fashion, business and lifestyle par excellence.
Let us see some of them.
Bar Luce at the Prada Foundation recreates the atmosphere of a traditional Milanese cafeteria. It has been designed by the celebrated movie director Wes Anderson, who believes that ‘while it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie in. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons at”. It is the right place for an afternoon business coffee surrounded by the wallpaper of Grand Budapest Hotel and the pinball of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou!
When end of day approaches, it is time for a glass of Prosecco. After a long day spent visiting the Salone, you probably feel the need of resting a bit. Wineria is the right place to go. Based in Piazza Caneva, close to the Fiera of Milano, Wineria is already one of the most popular #Wine-rooms in Milan, specializing in niche wines: “we do not hold only “big labels” among our wines; Wineria also wants to show the excellence of those producers who still see wine more as a lifetime passion than a business. We want to help foreign visitors to learn about the incredible wealth of Italian wines made from indigenous grapes” says the owner Stefano Rimassa.
When the sun starts to set on Milan, dinner time is now calling. Carlo e Camilla in Segheria is a relatively new top-tier restaurant offering innovative Italian dishes and signature cocktails in an former factory with two long tables and crystal chandeliers. Among the founders are Carlo Cracco, chef and television celebrity (In 2011, Cracco began hosting the Italian version of MasterChef) and Tanja Solci, art director, curator of exhibitions, designer of installations. Sharing the long table with many other guests sounds nice and a right celebration of the Italian sociable way of drinking wine together.
You are not ready to go bed just after dinner. The right place for a relaxing drink is Ceresio 7, the restaurant and bar created by the DSquared₂ fashion designers on the building roof of their headquarter in the newly-created financial district. The club features two swimming pools and a terrace with a magnificent view of the breathtaking skyline of Milan.