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Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas

Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas

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Inspired by the conviviality of London’s small food markets, META is a new culinary concept in Milan, spearheaded by the “twenty-something entrepreneurs” Ludovico Leopardi and Leo Schieppati. Just like its name, a portmanteau of the words ‘merging’ and ‘taste’, META sees the joining together of five temporary food outlets under the one roof. Food-lovers who step inside META this month will find Uovodiseppia (the restaurant dedicated to street food by Michelin Star chef Pino Cuttaia) and Young Rice – a new brand by META’s R&D team whose goal is to cook rice in innovative ways. There’s also Rare, an experimental food outlet with intriguing cooking methods (including infrared oven technologies), the Gusto 17 ice-cream shop, and Orsonero Coffee – one of Milan’s favourite coffee spots.

Located at Via Bonvesin de la Riva in Zona Risorgimento, META features eight street-facing windows; an outlook that was made famous by the old restaurant of Gualtiero Marchesi, the master chef credited for transforming the peninsula’s cuisine and training some of Italy’s best chefs. META’s open space is overlooked by the kitchens of the restaurants and accompanied by the retail room that houses Orsonero Coffee.

Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas
Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas
Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas.

Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas

Zooming in on Orsonero, the interiors of the coffee spot were imagined by Beirut-based outfit David/Nicolas, made up of design duo David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem. The designers have created a vibrant atmosphere that plays up the contrast between the dark timber panelling and the neon batons that are applied to the walls, exuding an overall sense of warmth. 

The bustling space is made even more dynamic by the sweeping lines of the cafe’s service counter. Crowned by a thick polished-steel top, the counter lures in the customers on the hunt for their daily brew. They gather in close proximity to the glimmering espresso machines that are signed by high-end manufacturer La Marzocco.

A cult-status coffee shop in Milan, thanks to its many alternative extraction methods, Orsonero Coffee is managed by Canadian barista Brent Jopson. A pioneer of Milan’s “Third Wave” coffee movement, Brent and his team offer customers specialty coffees as well as viennoiseries by day. Then, of an evening, the cafe shifts to serving aperitivo, including craft beers from micro-breweries. 

But the innovations presented by Orsonero, and META at-large, aren’t just about the retail format. The new-age food court is joined by a state-of-the-art delivery platform, accessible via both app and web-browser, which enables users to place a single order, selecting dishes from different outlets in one go. The delivery service relies on the use of electric scooters, zero-impact packaging and cutting-edge sustainable practices, positioning META as a one-of-a-kind food collective that’s on a mission to reshape Milan’s culinary scene. 

davidandnicolas.com; tastemeta.com

Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas
Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas

Crowned by a thick polished-steel top, the counter lures in the customers on the hunt for their daily brew, who gather in close proximity to the glimmering espresso coffee machines.

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Orsonero Coffee at META in Milan by David/Nicolas
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