DIN­ING

Carlo Cracco's new food des­ti­na­tion in Mi­lan's "liv­ing room" is much more than a restau­rant, and fo­cuses on an op­u­lent aes­thetic and culi­nary of­fer­ings, from break­fast to post-the­atre din­ing. By

Where Milan - - CONTENTS - Chiara Zaccarelli

Carlo Cracco's new food des­ti­na­tion in the Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II is much more than a restau­rant

Food­ies can now in­dulge in a 360 de­gree im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence at Carlo Cracco's new restau­rant. The chef's new lo­cale is spread over four floors and lo­cated in the so-called ‘liv­ing room' of Mi­lan – in the heart of the Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II. Let's take a tour! When ac­cess­ing it from the main en­trance in the Gal­le­ria, we are sur­rounded by stucco, damasks and a large vin­tage counter im­ported from Paris. This is the Caffè where, be­gin­ning with break­fast, you can savour a tra­di­tional cap­puc­cino, in­dulge in a quick lunch, or stay un­til teatime, to sam­ple pas­try chef Marco Pe­dron's chocolate cre­ations and haute patis­serie. An iron el­e­va­tor, en­cased in glass-and-bronze, trans­ports us to the first floor. On ex­it­ing, we are in­stantly cap­ti­vated by the large win­dows over­look­ing the ‘Ot­tagono', and the arched vin­tage wall mir­rors that re­flect our images to in­fin­ity. The first floor Restau­rant fea­tures classic Cracco haute cui­sine per­fectly in caramelized Rus­sian salad, mar­i­nated egg yolks, saf­fron and mar­row­bone risotto and co­coacrusted tur­bot. Din­ers can also or­der from a separate menu fea­tur­ing a range of de­lec­ta­ble of­fer­ings in­clud­ing oys­ters, spaghetti with caviar and a se­lec­tion of Spi­garoli cold cuts. To reach the sec­ond floor, we must exit the venue be­cause this space is pri­vate and can only be ac­cessed from the court­yard at the back of the build­ing, in via Sil­vio Pel­lico. This space is spe­cially re­served for pri­vate events and par­ties. We now de­scend to the base­ment where the cel­lar is lo­cated. In ad­di­tion to sell­ing wines by the bot­tle, the cel­lar is also ded­i­cated to tast­ings. Here, we are sur­rounded by red lac­quered walls that blend har­mo­niously with the pine shelves that stock more than ten thou­sand bot­tles, and two thou­sand la­bels, orig­i­nat­ing mainly from France and Italy. >> Ris­torante Cracco www.ris­toran­te­cracco.it Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II. T: 02 876774. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F4

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