Once home to 19th-century Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, the historic Grand Hotel et de Milan has been a fixture in Italy’s style capital for more than 150 years. Who better to write the next chapter in the grand dame’s legacy than local firm Dimorestudio? After giving the lobby and Gerry’s Bar a spruce in recent years, the designers lent their artistic touch to the restaurant Caruso Nuovo. In typical Dimore fashion, the renovation is a study in atmospheric design, featuring fine jacquard fabrics by Prelle, a historic French manufacturer known for Art Deco prints, lending a luxurious feel to the benches and walls, and oil-green walls complemented by warm burgundy stucco details.
The culinary program has undergone a refresh as well thanks to chef Gennaro Esposito and executive chef Francesco Potenza, who blend Neapolitan and Milanese influences for the new menu. Guests can enjoy it in the ornate indoor spaces or the winter garden, reminiscent of de Sica’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, with back-painted glass tops and wrought iron table bases inspired by the 1950s designs of Mathieu Matégot.