Chef: Alessandro Borghese
Restaurant: Il lusso della semplicità
City: Milan (Italy)
Colors: Calacatta Silk, La Boheme, Carrara B01, Iron Corten and Nero Zimbabwe
For pioneering Italian Chef, Alessandro Borghese, cooking is the new rock ‘n’ roll. A colourful, fast-paced and dynamic industry with universal appeal where a flawless performance is essential to success.
Focusing on immense and intense flavors and natural ingredients (simply prepared), Borghese has become a cooking superstar not only in his native Italy, but also on the international scene.
When it came to fitting the interiors of his hotly anticipated restaurant “Alessandro Borghese - Il lusso della semplicità” (The Luxury of Simplicity), Milan, he needed to find materials which encapsulated his inventive approach and reflected his flamboyant personality; Neolith stepped into the spotlight.
A desire for originality, a fascination of the Sintered Stone production process and an admiration for the surface’s versatility drew Borghese irresistibly to Neolith. In particular, he was impressed by its adaptability and how it can seamlessly integrate within a specific environment, adding character and individuality.
Alessandro liked Neolith (and the large variety of colours and patterns) so much he used it throughout the restaurant. An ingenious mix of tones and contrasts including woods (Neolith La Boheme), marbles (Neolith Carrara B01), metals (Neolith Iron Corten) and granites (Neolith Nero Zimbabwe) were applied within the venue to evoke the atmosphere of the golden age of the transatlantic cruise liner.
Neolith Calacatta Silk was also specified for the bar worktops, a finish fast becoming a go-to choice for professional chefs for its aesthetics as much as its practicality. Chef Borghese highlights the newly-discovered freedom of being able to plate his adventurous concepts and culinary inventions straight onto the surface. He compares it to the craft of an artist. ‘If I was a painter’ he muses, ‘Neolith would be my canvas’