Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco’s newest venture is more than just a new restaurant. The four-story food emporium features a café, patisserie, wine bar, private lounge, and chocolaterie, in addition to a fine-dining restaurant. It is placed inside
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest functioning shopping mall in the world and an architectural marvel itself and it is an exclusive design project by Studio Peregalli.
The room design of Cracco Ristorante is based on a floral pattern complemented by some contemporary elements and elementes from the era of construction of the historic Galleria. Upon walking into Cracco, foodies receive a bright and floral welcome. “Our idea was to blend decoration inspired by the era of the construction of the Galleria [in the second half of the 19th century] with elements from the following decades, up to the ’40s, which was the period of its maximum glory,” Peregalli and Remini explained.
The image above is just one dining room of many. The restaurant at Cracco is made up of multiple small dining rooms with a contemporary but classic dining area design.
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On each floor, the architecture housing the elevator is different to match with the four floors’ distinct room design: the elevator is decorated in glass and faux-bronze on the ground floor, gilded metal and mirrors on the first floor, and a dark patina in the wine cellar.
Peregalli Studio’s purpose with this dining design was to create an ambience of warm colours, banquettes, velvet-upholstered chairs and gilded-metal shades that allow to see the Galleria.
On the first floor, instead of creating a single grand dining area, exclusive designer Peregalli went for multiple small rooms creating a more intimate and sophisticated ambience with modern dining tables and patterned floors.
On the basement level, lacquered red walls behind fir shelves hold more than 10,000 bottles of wine, which visitors can buy by the bottle as well as taste. Intentionally, this level has a more natural feel than the others.
Housed in Milan‘s historic Galleria Vittorio, the oldest functioning shopping mall in the world and an architectural marvel itself, Cracco takes a surprisingly loose approach to dining—grab an espresso in the morning, chow on saffron risotto for dinner, and sip on Merlot into the night.