VOCE is Milan’s New Voice of Italian Culture
Piazza Della Scala has a New Voice. Vòce (‘Voice’ in Italian) is a unique venue in which food, culture and art are interwoven to celebrate Italian history.
Art and food are considered Italy’s most treasured assets, and the team at Voce aim to showcase both of these with their seasonal menus designed to complement the varying exhibitions at the gallery. Expect traditional Italian dishes with unconventional touches, produced using fresh, raw ingredients from the region. The wine list features new Italian wineries as well as internationally recognized producers of excellent local wines, each vintage carefully selected to harmonise with the food and art on display.
Voce’s current exhibition-linked menu is dedicated to the “The Italian Nineteenth Century” featuring Lombard paintings and the City of Milan. The set menu includes a Sicilian Tomato soup, Saffron Risotto, a herb-encrusted chicken breast, and Limoncello babà.
To truly appreciate the fusion of food art and culture at Voce Aimo e Nadia, Milan’s favourite new eatery, take a step back in time and consider its origins. Aimo and Nadia have been well-known names in Milanese cuisine for over half a century. Their heirs have carried the flame of their vision at the original Il Luogo and now at Voce, presenting culturally influenced food amid a setting of art and architecture.
Sharing space with the historic Gallerie d’Italia complex, Voce forms a trinity of functional settings: the café for breakfast, aperitivo and light lunches; the vintage-styled bookshop; and the upscale restaurant with its kitchen-viewing window. Granite pillars re-discovered during the recent renovation contrast with dark woodwork, wrought iron windows and gleaming marble flooring to create a space which architect Michele De Lucchi describes as the “perfect blend between a Viennese café and a French bistro.” An interesting setting for Italian culture, no doubt.
The Gallerie d’Italia exhibition space and its collection of artworks, spanning the Renaissance to the 19th century, are owned by Intesa Sanpaolo bank, which formerly occupied the restaurant area. In their quest to form the perfect collaboration of art, culture and cuisine they have partnered with Stefania Moroni – daughter of Aimo and Nadia – and executive chefs Fabio Pisani and Alessandro Negrini at Voce, bringing together a mutual history and reputation for excellence.
Accessible either through the museum or from Piazza Della Scala, the Café, Bookshop and Restaurant are open daily from mid-morning till around 7:30pm, remaining open until 10:30pm on Thursday evenings.