1950s Milanese atmospheres in London

The restaurant, designed by Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, brings to London the charm of the old Milanese dairies, reinterpreted with an eclectic and contemporary style.

The tradition of Milanese dairies arrives in London: the Italian cafe “Latteria” opens in the Islington district, an area that in recent years has seen a real rebirth thanks to the development of a flourishing gastronomic activity. The project is signed Vudafieri-Saverino Partners. The Milan and Shanghai-based architecture studio, author of some of the trendiest Milanese venues, brings to London all its experience in the development of new concepts for catering.

The London restaurant reinterprets in a contemporary key the charm of the old Milanese dairies: places where to eat homemade and genuine dishes, in an authentic and traditional context.

The result is an eclectic 1950s style environment, characterized by an informal and comfortable atmosphere. Open from breakfast to dinner, the restaurant offers healthy dishes inspired by tradition: from homemade pasta, risottos and pizzas, to sandwiches and salads, made with culinary excellence from Italy.

The interior

Developed on two levels along Essex Road, the restaurant stands out for its interiors with a strong visual impact, with the real protagonists details: exposed bricks, suspended lamps made from moulds for desserts, the imposing counters, the floor sown, the diamond tiles…

Two colours characterise the rooms: warm white, reminiscent of the colour of milk, and red, a shade that also distinguishes the external façade, to evoke Milanese elegance.

The materials are reminiscent of the 1950s: semi-gloss and laminated lacquered surfaces, polished and satin-finished steel, zinc.

If the ground floor is distinguished by its lively atmosphere, the lower floor offers a more intimate space, with a dining room away from the buzz.

The facade

The exterior of the restaurant is a clear reminder of the aluminium windows of the 50s, capable of immediately capturing the attention of passers-by thanks to its bright red colour, the signs that come out like pop-ups and the large windows that bring light into the interior.

The entrance

A semicircular curtain acts as a curtain for the show that opens once you enter the restaurant: on the right you are greeted by a bar counter covered in zinc, where you can have a coffee standing, just as the Italian tradition wants. Proceeding inside, you arrive at the second counter that crosses the room: also covered in zinc is entirely dedicated to the display of food. On the wall that forms the background to the entrance there are passes that allow a glimpse of the kitchen.

The restaurant

The restaurant area with its 70 seats, of which 50 are indoor and 20 outdoor, is divided into several rooms. The first, located on the same level as the entrance, has eco-leather benches typical of the ’50s. A few steps lead up to the lounge room, where there is a large velvet bench that defines the perimeter.

The room on the lower floor is distinguished by the walls covered with red vinyl wallpaper, interrupted by two glass display cases, which can be turned on by illuminating the products inside. Throughout the restaurant there are shelves and cabinets in the style of the 1950s dairy, designed to display pasta, olive oil, vegetables in oil, wines and other products.


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