You are welcomed by light on stepping inside LUME, a timeless Italian word (for light) that evokes an intimate atmosphere and a cosy ambience, thanks to the large windows overlooking our garden and the Orto di Lume, and shades of white counterpointed by the earthy hues of Liguria, chef Taglienti’s principal source of inspiration. Heritage & evolution form the leitmotiv running through all the elements making up the LUME experience, from culinary philosophy and design to the menu and the service, and also the W37 complex where we are located.
The restaurant is inside the old Richard Ginori factory in via Giacomo Watt (Naviglio Grande area) and therefore in a place of industrial archaeology. It was designed by architect Monica Melotti, who renovated the structure and also designed the interiors, and it all revolves around a kitchen enclosed in a glass cube whose decorations produce an extremely fascinating play of volumes. This high-impact centrepiece blends harmoniously with the dining space, where guests can glimpse what’s happening in the cube.
This original outdoor space, adjacent to the restaurant’s dining rooms, features a large 60 m2 total-white structure resembling a 19th century aviary, which covers the seating area. Open in the warm season, it’s surrounded by plants whose fruits are basic ingredients in many of the dishes on the menu (especially the Chef’s hallmark citruses) and can accommodate up to 16 covers.
Here too, the vital role of memory for both the present and the future is key to the design by Monica Melotti, chief architect at MB America. Her idea was to revive, on the outskirts of a metropolis, those traditional lunches and dinners that grandmothers used to organize in their courtyards.