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5 of the Most Beautiful New Restaurants in Milan to Visit During Salone del Mobile

From Humbert & Poyet's swanky Beefbar Milano to Genius Loci Architettura’s sustainable design for Horto

As the who’s who of the art and design world flocks to Milan next week for the annual Salone del Mobile fair, Galerie has rounded up a slew of the most beautiful new restaurants for visitors to enjoy. A testament to the fashionable Italian city’s reputation for pushing boundaries in creative fields, these five new dining destinations blend mouthwatering fare with striking design and are all must-visits for an aperitivo or special dinner to celebrate any occasion.

Beefbar Milano Restaurant at the Archiepiscopal Seminary in Milan

Beefbar Milano by Humbert & Poyet. Photo: FRANCIS AMIAND

1. Beefbar Milano

To craft the new Beefbar Milano, located inside Milan’s incredible chapel of the former Archiepiscopal Seminary, interior designers and architects Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet of the firm Humbert & Poyet took inspiration from the chic aesthetic of 1940s and ’60s Milanese style. Honoring the house of worship’s original architecture, the firm incorporated a rich color palette through shades of black, green, white, and burgundy, which pop against the space’s terrazzo flooring and dark walnut panelling. Furnishings such as Verde Alpi marble tables and chairs made by late architect Vico Magistretti fill the space, while bronze and frosted glass Asterios lamps crafted by Humbert and Poyet themselves hang overhead. An eclectic group of artworks join triptych sconces by designer Ignazio Gardella on the wall. 

With its latest location in Milan, the restaurant stays true to its mission of celebrating the world’s finest selections of meats through an array of inspiring dishes. Bringing a unique Italian fare to this menu, highlights include wagyu and veal meatballs, pâtes à la carbonara au bœuf de Kobe, and risotto with lemon with braised veal osso buco. 

Central dining hall of the Andrea Aprea Milano Restaurant

Central dining hall of Andrea Aprea. Photo: Massi Ninni

Caffè Bistrot in Porta Venezia Park

Caffè Bistrot. Photo: Massi Ninni

2. Andrea Aprea

Offering sweeping views of Milan’s Porta Venezia park and city skyline atop the Fondazione Luigi Rovati, chef Andrea Apea’s latest location, designed by architect Flaviano Capriotti, serves carefully curated dishes inspired by this special location. Providing an intimate experience, diners at the 36-seat restaurant can enjoy watching their meals be prepared in real time while seated in the elaborate central dining hall, which is surrounded by walls covered with bucchero, a type of black ceramic originally used by Etruscans to make vases. Hanging overhead, a striking Murano glass and gold leaf chandelier serves as the perfect statement piece. In addition to the restaurant, chef Aprea and Capriotti has also introduced Caffè Bistrot, located within a hidden garden courtyard, that serves breakfast through dinner.

Playing to his strengths of infusing a bounty of inspiration through his whimsical dishes, chef Aprea has created three unique dining experiences each with their own itinerary: the Contemporaneità, a five-course menu dedicated to themes such as memory and innovation; Partenope, a six-course menu inspired by Italy’s Campania region; and Signature, a full eight-course experience featuring his finest dishes. 

Sustainable Dining at Horto Restaurant

Horto Restaurant. Photo: Mattia Parodi

Interior dining area at Horto Restaurant

Horto Restaurant. Photo: Mattia Parodi

3. Horto Restaurant

Perched on the rooftop of the recently renovated building The Medelan, Horto serves as a sustainable eatery with a seasonal menu. Firm Genius Loci Architettura (GLA), which also spearheaded the complex itself, incorporated organic architecture and design in order create a romantic and ethereal atmosphere emphasizing a zero-waste approach. Case in point, and focusing on natural materials and a soft color palette, GLA used rice plaster obtained by reusing the waste derived from the agricultural and industrial processing of such grain to envelop the walls as well as twisting classic Milanese parquet flooring by creating them with recycled wood from old vinegar factories. On the terrace, landscaper Raffaella Colombo created an immersive environment where guests can take in a wide assortment of vegetation and botanicals.

Serving an entirely seasonal menu, Michelin-starred chef Norbert Niederkofler works with local small suppliers of the finest meats, dairies, and produce to blend classic Italian heritage with international influences. Highlights including tortelli with potatoes and elderflower and char tartare are complemented by carefully curated wines and sustainable cocktails. 

Exceptional seafood at the Vesta Fiori Chiari restaurant

Vesta. Photo: Courtesy of Vesta

4. Vesta Fiori Chiari

Finding a home in the former church of San Carpoforo in Milan’s chic Brera district, restaurant Vesta Fiori Chiari delivers exceptional seafood coupled with ambitious design. Crafted by architect Stefano Belingardi Clusoni, the building’s original architecture was maintained in order to contrast against contemporary furnishings and finishings, which were sourced from top brands including Dedar Milano, for a truly unique experience.

Diners are able to start their evening with an impressive raw bar as well as a handful of oyster selections. For main entrées, the menu is separated into four sections: Sea, Land, Pasta, and Vegetables. Among the highlights are Chilean sea bass served with chili, monk’s beard, shellfish sauce, and nori; Veal fillet with baby spinach, mais, and mustard leaves; Gerardo di Nola mezza manica, zucchini alongside courgette flowers, and smoked cheese from Agerola; plus much more.

10_11 Restaurant at the Portrait Milano Hotel

10_11 at the Portrait Milano. Photo: Courtesy of 10_11

5. 10_11

Located inside Milan’s buzzy new Portrait Milano hotel, 10_11 doubles as both the ideal location for a final nightcap or an intimate dinner with friends. Embodying classic Milanese design through a rich color palette and ambient lighting, the restaurant features dishes inspired by Northern Italian staples. For those seeking a more casual drink or bite, the separate bar area provides a cafe-style atmosphere to complement the carefully curated cocktail menu spearheaded by Mattia Pastori.

Cover: Beefbar Milan.


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