Torre restaurant: the flavors of Art

Fondazione Prada opens the Torre restaurant inside the exhibition space.

© Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti Courtesy Fondazione Prada
Restaurant Torre is located on the sixth and seventh floors of the new tower at Fondazione Prada’s Milan venue, designed by Rem Koolhaas with Chris van Duijn and Federico Pompignoli from architecture firm OMA. It appears, according to Koolhaas’s definition, as “a collage of pre-existing themes and elements”, combining works of art and design furniture. Its main room is located on the sixth floor and occupies an area of 215 m2 divided into two parts: the bar and the restaurant. The two spaces are characterized by a contrast between the large floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer an unprecedented view of the city of Milan, and the warm tones of the parquet, of the walnut carpentry work and the hemp panels that cover the walls.

© Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti Courtesy Fondazione Prada
The bar has a central counter, with a suspended bottle rack containing spirits and international liqueurs, where it is possible to enjoy a cocktail and a light dinner. On the left is a fireplace surrounded by Soviet armchairs and Eero Saarinen’s Tulip tables. This space hosts two works of art "Cappa per caminetto" (1949) and "Testa di medusa" (1948-54) by Lucio Fontana, while the polychrome ceramic "Pilastro" (1947) by the same artist introduces guests to the restaurant itself.
The restaurant has seating for 84 guests and is arranged on three levels slightly offset from each other to recreate an ideal viewpoint. The kitchen is coordinated by chef Fabio Cucchelli, who will bring a contemporary Italian cuisine into the restaurant and will open his kitchen to young chefs giving space to the ethical cuisine conceived by Norbert Niederkofler and Massimo Ferretti with the CARE'S project Chef under 30.

© Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti Courtesy Fondazione Prada
According to an annual program, young chefs from all over the world will alternate, joining Fabio Cucchelli, creating a contamination of international tastes and will have more restaurants in the restaurant in a synthesis of beauty, art, design and food.

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