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Aimo e Nadia BistRo (MI)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Aimo e Nadia BistRo (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

In Milan, a refined bistro meeting point of two avant-gardes: the gastronomic excellence of Aimo and Nadia and the wonderful artist's objects of the gallery owner Rossana Orlandi in collaboration with Etro.

The BistRo di Aimo e Nadia was born in 2018 in the Magenta area, the third venue, after Il Luogo, 1 Michelin Star, and the cafeteria restaurant VOCE Aimo e Nadia, of the homonymous group. A reference point of high gastronomic culture, today led by Chef Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani and by Stefania Moroni, daughter of the founders Aimo and Nadia who in the 60s were pioneers of a cuisine based on the excellence of Italian raw materials.

A place where food and design are both expressed at the highest levels thanks to an exceptional neighbor. “Next door” is, in fact, one of the Milanese temples of décor, the store and showroom created by Rossana Orlandi in 2002, one of the most influential avant-garde design gallery owners in the world, who has never missed a beat by anticipating fashions and trends that later became planetary phenomena, from Colombian-inspired lamps to 1930s deco-style seating.

Aimo e Nadia BistRo (MI) — Lombardia Secrets
Aimo e Nadia BistRo (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

We wanted to create a bistro that combines the charm of interior design with the pleasures of taste and conviviality according to the Aimo and Nadia philosophy.

(Chef Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani)

The BistRo reflects the genius of Rossana Orlandi in a sort of extension of her adjacent Gallery, from which the furnishings and works come: vintage pieces skilfully combined with new productions, signed by both well-known and emerging designers, which always change and where everything is for sale.

To infuse an elegant distinctive trait to the interior, are the prints of Etro Home which exclusively created all the wallpapers, fabrics and upholstered seats for the venue, including animal prints and ethnic patterns that give a unique character to the environment.

Aimo e Nadia BistRo (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

As soon as you enter, you come across the room with the bar counter, dedicated to more informal occasions, decorated with chairs by Jaime Hayon and delightfully ironic works of art such as the “portable windows” by Anotherview and the sculpture by G + G which reflects on the values of our era by combining the pop characters of childhood, in this case Topo Gigio, with the most authoritative icons of world art. On the left you go down to the private room with cementine tile floor and recycled chairs by Piet Hein Eek.

The heart of the BistRo is the room with the large open kitchen characterized by the beautiful deco-inspired chairs by Nika Zupanc, the purple chandelier by Jacopo Foggini in methacrylate and the elegant sculpture by the duo McCollin Bryan in brass and resin tablets which emerges contrasting from the green wallpaper.

Aimo e Nadia BistRo (MI) — Lombardia Secrets
Aimo e Nadia BistRo (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

Since 2022, the kitchen has been the realm of chef Sabrina Macrì who, after an experience with Alajmo at the Quadri restaurant in Venice, joined the Il Luogo brigade, under the guidance of Chefs Negrini and Pisani who have always been an integral part of the philosophy of Group, focus on the enhancement of young talent.

The dishes, in line with the heritage of Aimo and Nadia, enhance the single ingredient and the very rich Italian food and wine tradition, also through a very close relationship with the suppliers, “partners in crime” with which the chefs Negrini and Pisani create products and recipes, often exclusive.

On the menu we find the great classics of Aimo and Nadia, as well as the Group’s signatures and innovative proposals. Absolutely to try the Artichoke, poached egg and soft potato, the great risottos such as the Gran Riserva Carnaroli with celeriac, cardoncelli mushrooms and caraway, and the “Milanese style” tenderloin.

Aimo e Nadia BistRo (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

Perfect for a business or romantic lunch or a dinner with friends, Aimo and Nadia’s BistRo is one of those rare places where everything is always perfect, enclosing in the fine details of the mise en place and of a specialty well described by the attentive dining room staff, such as D’Osvaldo artisan ham or a precious bottle of Château de Ferrand from 2015, the highest pleasure of conviviality.

The Secret

The iconic pattern of Etro’s prints, including those designed for the BistRo, is the “Paisley” design, an ancient symbol that dates back to the time of the great Mesopotamian civilizations, made famous in Persia and then became an object of desire also in Europe thanks to the refined cashmere garments and fabrics imported from the East India Company. Its shape represents a leaflet, a metaphor of the Tree of Life and, for this reason, used as a good omen to decorate monuments and homes.

Useful Info

BistRo Aimo e Nadia
Via Matteo Bandello 14
20123 Milano
Tel. +39 02 48026205

Business Lunch: 2 dishes 35 euro
Menu: 2 courses 70 euro, 3 courses 95 euro, 4 courses 115 euro
Tasting menu: 130 euro.

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