Considering the amount of time we spend in Milan, we are always on the lookout for places we can add to our list of must-visits. And the latest opening in Quadrilatero della Moda (the city's quintessential fashion district) is a new fixture. An ambitious project orchestrated by Altagamma (the association of luxury Italian companies), Larte (meaning 'the art') is a restaurant-cum-concept store hybrid that celebrates the Italian culture of food and wine, but also art and design. The formal interiors, which revolve around a subdued palette of ecru and gold, gather the finest in Italian-produced creations, featuring Carlo Mollino and Damian Williamson's tables for Zanotta, along with French designers Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and Ora Ito's chairs. Works by Italian artists such as Emilio Vedova and Alberto Burri adorn the concrete walls. The kitchen is concealed behind stained glass walls, visible from every room in the restaurant, and the menu serves up traditional Italian fare, focusing on the innovation of classic dishes, using fresh ingredients that also available in the in-house shop. Every month, a guest chef will visit the kitchen bringing their regional fare to the table, in collaboration with local producers who will supply the ingredients.
Larte, Milan, Italy