Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 84
Style & Design
Clockwise from top:
Potafiori's café-cumflower shop, floral
notes at Ceresio 7, and
the Convent of Santa
Maria delle Grazie.
"The NoLo (for North of Loreto)
area was the center of a massive
immigration influx in the 1960s,
and today it's a rich cultural
and social crossroads. Seek
out this neighborhood, with
cinema clubs, art galleries, and
a dynamic, multiethnic atmosphere. Don't miss art films at
Cinema Beltrade and drinks at
Al Tempio d'Oro, the historic site
of the founding of [Italian NGO]
Emergency in 1994."
- Angela Caroppoli, Virtuoso
travel advisor, Milan
founded in 1932, still produces Ponti designs
- all made in Italy - among the collections
on display at its well-lit Milan showroom.
VANGUARD: Those curious about what's
new, next, or undiscovered in contemporary
design turn to Rossana Orlandi, the bespectacled curator and owner of Spazio Rossana
Orlandi, an avant-garde gallery and showroom that blurs the line between art and
design while casting a spotlight on up-andcoming talent from Italy and abroad.
(and an impossible-to-get reservation) in
this trend-aware city. Yet when fashion week
rolls around, the in-the-know crowd invariably convenes at Da Giacomo, a decades-old
clubhouse of the haute Milanese, favored by
architects, politicians, and Vogue editors. Today, the classic restaurant remains beloved
as much for owner Giacomo Bulleri's rustic
Tuscan cuisine as for its low-key decor, installed by famed architect and designer (and
longtime regular) Renzo Mongiardino.
VANGUARD: In this age of multihyphenates,
the award for coolest new restaurant concept goes to Potafiori, a buzzy locale that
functions as an all-day café, a flower shop
with gorgeous sculptural arrangements,
and a lively cocktail bar where the jazzsinging owner, Rosalba Piccinni, often serenades during aperitivo.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Tried-and-True and Something New
OLD GUARD: There's always a new restaurant