Words by Kathryn Tomasetti
What could be cooler than newest-kid-on-the-block Ceresio 7? This week, twin brothers Dan and Dean Caten of Dsquared² inaugurated their brand-new bar, restaurant and swimming pool, perched on the rooftop of the label’s design headquarters. Décor, like the building and the staff’s uniforms, is a throwback to the 1930s. Expect traditional ingredients, a hearty yet innovative menu from renowned chef Elio Sironi and a waiting list longer than the queue at H&M’s Christmas sale.
Ceresio 7, Via Ceresio 7, +39 02 31 03 92 21, ceresio7.com
Cracco a Palazzo
Launched at the start of September, the luxurious Palazzo Parigi Hotel boasts Parisian-inspired suites and its own fountain-splashed garden. Superchef Carlo Cracco heads up the hotel’s gourmet restaurant. For foodie fashionistas, this week Cracco a Palazzo is staging Good Food in Good Fashion. This rich aperitivo buffet puts a creative twist on ingredients sourced exclusively from female producers throughout the Lombardy region.
Good Food in Good Fashion, from 18-24 September
Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa, Corso di Porta Nuova 1, +39 02 625 625, palazzoparigi.com
A collaboration of some of the city's biggest names in fashion and design – Alessi, Artemide and Santo Versace included – this combination restaurant, bar, chocolatier and art gallery launched earlier this week. Tucked into the former home of Italian author Carlo Emilio Gadda, Larte prides itself on promoting authentic Italian food (regional chefs from around the country cook in the restaurant’s central kitchen for a week at a time). Moreover, everything you see is on sale. It’s not officially open to the public until 1 October, but rules don’t stop the truly intrepid…
Larte, Via Manzoni 5, +39 02 89 09 69 50, opening.lartemilano.com
A Milanese institution since Giacomo Bulleri opened his doors in 1958, today Da Giacomo is the city’s restaurant of choice for A-listers from George Clooney to Giorgio Armani. Uber-fresh seafood is the house specialty, perhaps paired with Porcini mushrooms or white truffles. Can't bag a table? Try the Giacomo Bistrot next door. Or grab a couple of melt-in-your-mouth pastries from Giacomo Pasticceria over the road.
Da Giacomo, Via Pasquale Sottocorno 6, +39 02 76 02 33 13, giacomomilano.com
Dolce & Gabbana Gold
A temple to international fashion, Sicilian cuisine and – to put it mildly – gold, this glamorous restaurant pulls celebs from Hollywood stars (Scarlett Johansson, Monica Bellucci) to fashion royalty (Anna Wintour). Murano glass chandeliers shimmer above the exposed stone walls, as the obligatory gaggle of models nibble their way through swordfish stuffed with pine nuts and raisins, or pasta topped by sardines and wild fennel.
Dolce & Gabbana Gold, Piazza Risorgimento, corner of Via Carlo Poerio, +39 02 75 77 771, dolcegabbana.com/gold