There’s no denying that Milan is a hotbed for extraordinary design and extraordinary food, and now a new Milanese concept store is aiming to combine both for an unprecedented dining experience. Milan restaurant concept Meta is a new ‘food landmark’ in the Zona Risorgimento area of the city that has opened just in time for Salone del Mobile.
Founded by two young entrepreneurs, Ludovico Leopardi and Leo Schieppati, it hosts a roster of five innovative Italian culinary outlets.
Milan restaurant concept hosts five kitchens
The project features a diverse catalogue that includes everything from comfort classics to experimental dishes, from quick afternoon pick-me-ups to multi-course dinners.
Uovodiseppia, for example, is a streetfood concept by two michelin-star chef chef Pino Cuttaia that boasts a menu of southern and northern Italian classics like arancini, parmigiana di melanzane and pasta al forno.
For something equally indulgent, you can also try Meta’s Young Rice, which offers every kind of rice dish you could possible desire – milanese risotto, asian-inspired rice boxes, spanish paellas – all made from a sustainable rice breed that is mooted to be the best-tasting rice ever produced.
If you would rather try food a bit more out of the box, then its worth ordering from Rare. The restaurant is an experiment in innovative cooking technologies, offering sandwiches, barbecue ribs, and rotisserie chickens that have been cooked in special infrared ovens that recreate the effect of burning embers within a static environment.
Dessert can be found at Gusto 17, which offers 16 ice cream flavours plus a new one proposed by customers every week.
David/Nicolas design Orsonero Coffee at Meta
Perhaps most notable, however, is Orsonero Coffee designed by powerhouse design duo David/Nicolas. The café aims to bring ‘Third Wave’ coffee to Milan with a menu that includes flat whites, cortados, pour overs, and cold brews.
David/Nicolas’ interior designs for the space are simultaneously cosy and elegant, with floor-to-ceiling dark wood panelling that is warmed by a series of baton-like lights set around the space. Customers can order their coffee from the stainless steel bar before snuggling into one of the space’s dark blue booths.
Whatever you decide, food can be ordered as delivery, take-away, or eaten in the 80-place setting dining area.
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Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.
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