In Milan in via della Spiga, the new bar and restaurant signed by Ralph Lauren combines the charm of the Milan secret gardens with the glam of traditional American haute cuisine, pairing the designer's favorite dishes with exclusive wines and cocktails.
Fourth after Chicago, Paris and NY, in 2021 Ralph Lauren’s “culinary” American dream finally arrived in Milan, on the ground floor of a five-floor building all dedicated to the brand and its lines Polo Ralph Lauren, Purple Label, Collection and Double RL.
The Bar at Ralph Lauren merges with the concept of the new Milanese flagship, recalling the sophisticated and timeless style of the designer who is inspired by the noble English countryside of the early 1900s and its rituals, such as the game of polo, and, bringing it to aesthetic perfection, to the world of American cottages, the Ivy League and the Wild Wild West.
Gathering around the table evokes so many memories for me, mostly of time spent with the people I love. I wanted Ralph’s to be a place where people could come together in that spirit.
An unmistakable style whose story begins with a boy from the Bronx, passionate about fashion and beauty, who started as a salesman in the 1960s in the Brooks Brothers store on Madison Avenue, then initially making his mark in the fashion world by designing a line of ties. In 1970 he opened his first boutique, in 1972 he created his legendary polo shirt, in 1974 he also enchanted Hollywood by signing the costumes of the film The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow as protagonists, and in 1983 he launched his Home line, first among the greats stylists to bring his vision also to home decor. From there a continuum of endless successes.
As soon as you enter The Bar at Ralph Lauren, you are greeted by the very elegant staff of the restaurant who welcome you in the wonderful early twentieth-century polo’s club-style bar that opens onto a pergola courtyard with wicker chairs and many cushions in refined country-chic fabrics.
For his Milanese flagship, Ralph also wanted to pay homage to the traditional architecture of the local buildings by using materials such as tumbled limestone and terracotta. The reclaimed wood floors were combined with mahogany, oak and walnut panels and embellished with elements in bronze, aged brass and wrought iron. Period objects, works of art and exclusive wooden decorations finish the environment by adding refinement and visual richness.
In the morning the breakfast menu offers a wide variety of traditional American desserts, such as cakes, muffins and biscuits, while at lunch it goes on with proposals based on tartare, carpaccio, salads and, of course, Ralph’s signature dishes such as the Lobster Roll and the Crab & Avocado, and then continues with the afternoon tea break until the aperitif.
Of course, you cannot miss Ralph’s favorite dish: Ralph’s Burger prepared with top-quality beef, melted cheddar, bacon, fresh tomatoes and lettuce, accompanied by French Fries and a glass of wine produced in the Santa Rita Hills, an American wine growing area located in Santa Barbara County.
Ralph Lauren was the first designer in history to offer a complete line for the home. It seems that the idea came to him when he, just married, was looking for things with which to furnish his new apartment and nothing satisfied him. In addition to the beauty of the objects, the success of the line was also decreed by the way the furniture was displayed: micro film sets with very strong storytelling. You didn’t just buy an object, but you really entered a dream. Today as then.