Clean-cut or elaborate lines, noble materials and furnishings designed for the temples of relaxation and taste: discover restaurants and venues carrying the signature of several of the biggest names in architecture who, together with the gurus of fashion, art and gastronomy, give life to environments and experiences of absolute style.
Just a short distance from La Scala, at Armani/Manzoni 31, the Armani Nobu restaurant welcomes you in a minimalist, sophisticated ambience, surprising you with the unusual menu prepared by starred chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa who offers customers a blend of traditional Japanese food and South American tastes (via Pisoni 1, T: 02 62312645, www.armaninobu.it, M3 Montenapoleone).
Moving on, we would like to introduce you to another legendary name of Italian fashion, namely the Dolce & gabbana Gold multipurpose bar, restaurant, bistrot and nightclub (Piazza Risorgimento corner of via Pomerio, T: 02 75 777 71, www.dolcegabbana.com) which is just as overthe- top as the pair’s fashion shows; or Bar Martini (corso Venezia 15, T: 02 76011154, www.dolcegabbana.com, M1 San Babila), the result of a joint venture between Martini and Dolce & Gabbana, an uber-glam, sophisticated space, featuring a total black look.
Design, taste and irony are the buzzwords at Clandestino Milano, the restaurant owned by Maison Moschino, famous for the creative cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Moreno Cedroni, who offers his unique “susci” compositions – an upgraded, “Italian” version of sushi (viale Monte Grappa 12, T: 02 29009858, www.maisonmoschino.com, M2 Porta Garibaldi FS).
Just a short distance from Leonardo da Vinci’s “Cenacolo”, we definitely suggest a visit to Zero Contemporary Food, the latest au courant eatery boasting an intimate, elegant atmosphere, with amber tables and onyx-covered walls, where guests can observe the preparation of some of the finest sushi in town (corso Magenta 87, T: 02.45474733, www.zeromagenta.it, M1 Conciliazione).
For a really luxurious experience, head to the Exquisite Shu Lounge Club designed by acclaimed architect Fabio Novembre, who has created intimate atmospheric spaces inspired by Kubrik films and symbols of modern-day life (via Molino delle Armi corner of via della Chiusa, T: 02.58315720, www.shucafe.it).
In the Tortona-Savona area, trendy eateries include Superstudio café, a bar/restaurant designed by Michele De Lucchi, architect of Milan’s new Triennale Design Museum (via Forcella 13, T: 02 83396237, www.superstudiogroup.com, M2 Porta Genova FS) and, at Superstudio Più, a multi-functional location given over to fashion, design, art and communication, Dada caffè, featuring sculpture-panels by Flavio Lucchini, legendary editor and art director (via Tortona 27, T: 02 43145093, M2 Porta Genova). Finally, until 26 April, take the chance while you can to visit pop-up Lounge & Restaurant The Cube (in the picture on the right), a “fragment” of pure design situated in the vicinity of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, with a breathtaking view over piazza Duomo. Glass walls and interiors are decorated with Corian™ for a totally unforgettable lunch or dinner experience (entrance via Foscolo 1, online booking www.electrolux.it/cube).