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Garage Italia, Lapo Elkann just opened Milan’s most eclectic bar

Lapo partnered with Michele De Lucchi and Carlo Cracco to create a space that will attract architects as well as food and motion lovers


Lapo Elkann just opened Garage Italia in Milan’s historic Agip Supercortemaggiore station in Piazzale Accursio.

But he could not make it on his own, which is why he teamed up with Michele De Lucchi, who took care of the restyling with his aMDL studio and Carlo Cracco, who brought haute cuisine.

A winning team for what has been forecasted to be Milan’s most eclectic bar: 1,700 square metres and open from 9.30 am to 2.00 am. “Milan has the obligation and the honour to represent Italian renaissance in the global landscape, actively working with cultural and entrepreneurial centres around the world. This is why I wanted to design a space to share, create and taste the best of our country, gathering the best of Italian creativity, design, motion and food under the same roof” explains Lapo Elkann.

The first ones will be architects, attracted by the possibility to see – some for the first time – this ‘50s architecture with blunt edges and big flying canopies. “The beautiful structure in Piazzale Accursio looks like it’s about to take flight. It will be a meeting point for visionaries and for tomorrow’s trend-setters. Lapo Elkann was able to see the value in this long-abandoned location and successfully turned it into an architecture open to anybody who is curious to go beyond what already exists” told us De Lucchi. He was personally in charge of restyling the façades with ceramic tiles, which now shine again illuminated by two neon rows just like in the ‘50s. On the flagpoles, recalling the original ones, stands the new Garage Italia logo. 

On the ground floor, there is a huge cloud made of more than 1,100 car models hanging over the bar. Here is where motion lovers meet, heading towards the beating heart of Garage Italia Custom, the hotbed of tailor-made projects and the Materioteca, where you can see the materials for your own customisation. On the back wall, a big library displays varnished plates, fabrics and leathers.

There is also the possibility to virtually “drive” a Ferrari thanks to a professional simulator by Allinsport, Ferrari Driving Academy’s partner firm, and a personal instructor. 

Let’s go upstairs to meet the gourmets, ready to sit down at Garage Italia Milano restaurant. At the centre of the room, there is the stunning car body of a Ferrari 250 GTO turn into a cocktail station. Benches, tables and chairs have all been tailor-designed for the restaurant by Cassina Contract. The sofa, inspired by Gianni Agnelli’s historic Ferrari, is made of Frau bicoloured leather and has hidden USB plugs in its armrests. 

On the terrace, surrounded by the trees of Viale Certosa, you will find the “Riva Privèe” (reservation only). This private space is decorated like the famous Aquarama motorboat, with mahogany wood floors, maple batons and white & light blue sofas typical of the iconic Italian brand.

“Working on this project has been an inspiring adventure. Garage Italia is a magical container of fun, creativity, good food, passions and dreams. Our cuisine is typically Italian: simple dishes made with high-quality raw materials and inspired by traditional regional recipes. The presentation of food is more innovative and creative, taken care by chef Gabriele Faggionato and supervised by myself. To have a silver thread running through the world of Garage Italia, we added a few names recalling the motion sector in the menu” revealed Carlo Cracco.

Does this sound enough?


by Carlotta Marelli / 16 November 2017


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