In recent months, Milan has witnessed a constant influx of culinary stars from all corners of Italy. They arrive in the city, known for its year-round dining culture and appreciation of the country’s top chefs, to share their unique flavours and artistry. The latest addition to this gastronomic constellation is Gennaro Esposito, a two-Michelin-starred chef hailing from Vico Equense on the Amalfi Coast. Now, he lends his expertise to curate the menu at the newly revamped Caruso Nuovo bistro, designed by Dimorestudio and situated on the ground floor of the Grand Hotel et de Milan, nestled in Milan’s fashion epicenter, at the corner with Via Montenapoleone, steps from Brera.
With a fresh culinary direction and renovated interiors, this historic rendezvous offers more than just Milanese classics like saffron risotto and breaded cutlets. Here, patrons can savour a seafood menu that pays tribute to seasonal ingredients and the simplicity of dining. For instance, the humble bluefish, the spatula fish, is elevated to a higher status with a delightful Sicilian olive soup. Mediterranean influences are also evident in the Vesuvio pasta, personally selected by Gennaro Esposito, and an array of vibrant vegetables. Of course, one cannot leave without indulging in the irresistible babà, a cherished dessert from Naples and its surroundings, which graces the menu.
At the bistro’s tables, adorned with chandeliers and bathed in soft lighting, there’s no pretense of offering an extensive tasting experience. Instead, guests are treated to a selection of dishes that are simple, fresh, and bursting with flavour, crafted by one of Southern Italy’s finest chefs.