16 TASTES & FLA­VOR

All About Italy (USA) - - Editorial - Sascha Mallinck­rodt

In the heart of Mi­lan there ex­ists a place in which flow­ers, music and food form a unique com­bi­na­tion: it’s called Potafiori, and it is the fruit of the vi­sion of Ros­alba Pic­cinni, the sing­ing flower-seller who has over the years de­vel­oped a pas­sion for wel­com­ing clients by trans­form­ing the time re­quired to pre­pare a bou­quet into a mo­ment for sa­vor­ing good music and food.

And food, to­gether with flow­ers, is co-pro­tag­o­nist of Potafiori, thanks to the con­tri­bu­tion of Gior­gio Bres­ciani, a young chef with ex­pe­ri­ence both in Italy and abroad, who in­ter­prets the taste and style of Ros­alba Pic­cinni, propos­ing dishes that are sim­ple but at the same time orig­i­nal and un­usual. The points of ref­er­ence are sea­son­al­ity and im­pro­vi­sa­tion. The menu is changed ev­ery week, based upon mar­ket avail­abil­ity, the sea­son, and the in­tu­ition of the kitchen, which fol­lows the mood of the shop, with its flow­ers and al­ways-sur­pris­ing com­po­si­tions. As with the flow­ers, in fact, par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion is given to the com­po­si­tion, with dar­ing com­bi­na­tions of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als that trans­form a dish into a unique ex­pe­ri­ence from an es­thetic as well as culi­nary point of view. Com­plet­ing this mix of taste, beauty and de­sign is an im­pro­vised ta­ble­side ser­e­nade, an in­stru­men­tal con­cert: the jazzy soul of this bistrot that is also a cul­tural con­tainer, some­where be­tween a cre­ative lab­o­ra­tory, an art ex­hi­bi­tion and a con­cept store.

At the cen­ter of every­thing there are al­ways the flow­ers, from the most costly to the most hum­ble: field herbs, roses, spiny roots, rare or­chids, cac­tus flow­ers and odif­er­ous buds to awaken and de­light all of the senses. www.potafiori.com

Potafiori: the in­side

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