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Trieste | 040 Social Food

Here's a contemporary eatery in the capital of the far north east, the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Mitteleuropean Trieste lies on that narrow strip of Italy that stretches around the top of the Adriatic, hogging coastline that looks like it ought to be in Slovenia. Right on its Canal Grande, the impressive stretch of water that brings the sea right into the ...

Trieste | Eataly Trieste

Yet another Eataly on the home soil. A branch of the Italian speciality foods megastore chain founded 10 years ago by Oscar Farinetti was, it seems, sorely lacking in the far north-east. Now that's been set to rights. Eataly Trieste has finally opened its doors, right on the waterfront, sulle Rive as they say in that neck of the woods. True to ...

Milan & Canale d’Alba | Librottiglia

You might think you've seen everything as far as wine label design goes. There is graphic art of the highest order out there glued to bottles of fine and indeed lesser vintages. But it took brand design agency Reverse Innovation working with Matteo Correggia winery to come up with one that can be classed as literature. Librottiglia is the name of the ...

Milan | Kitchen Villa

The De Ponti villa is among the oldest on the canalside in Crescenzago, within Milanese city limits but beyond the well-beaten central circuit. Matteo Reina is a young but experienced chef of those parts, full of creative promise and handsome to boot. Put the two together and you have the extraordinary experience of Kitchen Villa. For any kind of event, ...

Cisternino | Rosticceria L’Antico Borgo

Back on that unbeaten trail of authentic eateries with no frills but no end of flavour, how about a meaty meal straight from a charcoal oven in a butcher's shop? And that means Apulia or thereabouts, and particularly the little towns in the Itria Valley (also renowned for their trulli, their olive oil and their wines), and foremost among these Cisternino. For Cisternino ...

Milan | Premiata Milano

Swanky and splendid, as befits a boutique in the heart of the Lombard capital's fashion district, is the new Premiata Milano flagship store. Opposite their original Milan boutique in Via Sant'Andrea, this one - architecturally speaking - carries the prestigious signature of Vincenzo De Cotiis Architects, much sought-after in high-end retail and not only in Italy. The ample space is ultra contemporary, ...

Chianti | Art of the Treasure Hunt

Chianti, the domain, is 300 years old. The first ever wine region was delineated by the then Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de’ Medici in late September 1716. He wasn't a particularly nice chap or successful ruler, and he may have been a little biased, hailing as he did from Florence. But we can only assume he'd done his homework (paintings ...

Milan | Rebelot del Pont

Creative dining in Milan comes in infinite variety yet Rebelot rings the changes, in more ways than one. A singular sort of bistrot and/or a sophisticated tapas bar which makes unorthodoxy its mission, it's the rebellious little sister of Michelin-starred Al Pont de Ferr. Indeed it shares an address with that venerable institution, right on the Naviglio Grande. And naturally gets its share ...

Pereta | Trattoria Da Maria Moretti

Not a single element you could call design at this manifestly Tuscan trattoria. But here it is anyway, simply because it's tops in the Maremma for those traditional, local specialties: pure and simple, classic and unembellished, superb old-fashioned country food. And that means strictly non-vegetarian in these parts. Having those aforesaid dishes down to a fine art and, I suspect, ...

Turin | Dash Kitchen

Dash Kitchen surely cuts the most striking figure among a host of new nightlife venues in Turin. And many of those are in the same central neighbourhood, sandwiched between Porta Nuova station and the riverside Parco Valentino, historical, multicultural and positively pulsing with energy these days: San Salvario. If Dash Kitchen owes a deal of its pull to good food and an ...

Milan | Lanieri

That fabled Made-in-Italy sartorial excellence, tailored to order, online? Click Lanieri (here). Lanieri today is the immensely successful evolution of an e-commerce startup founded by a couple of Italian business students just 4 years ago. Their idea was to make the superior textiles, styling and craftsmanship of bespoke Italian tailoring available to polished gents the world over (we're talking strictly menswear here), applying digital technology ...

Florence | La Ménagère

Things are looking up in San Lorenzo. Not long ago, the run-down central Florentine neighbourhood amounted to a tremendous tourist-targeted street market by day and was best avoided at night. That began to change when the original covered market, a beautiful iron and glass building erected in 1874 to a design by the very same Giuseppe Mengoni who did Milan's Galleria Vittorio ...
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