Found in the Navigli district, LUME is a relatively recent addition to Milan’s dining firmament. All white, sleek, and refined, the two dining rooms here are elegant and flooded with light; providing an idyllic backdrop for chef Luigi Taglienti’s rarified dishes. But in the warmer months, LUME’s al fresco area – L’Orto di LUME – is the place to be. Sitting beneath the large 19th century birdcage and surrounded by herbs and other edible plants, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the fresh, creative seasonal menu. And it’s calm – there aren’t many al fresco offerings in the bustling Navigli district that are this peaceful.
But whatever time of year you visit and whichever dining area you pick, the food will be a sensation. There’s a reason LUME earned a Michelin star within months of opening and has since garnered a glittering array of other awards and accolades. There might be dishes like saffron risotto with veal sweetbreads, roasted lobster with white snails potage and Verona celery’s milk, or Bresse chicken with seaweed, blancmange with almond, cardoncelli mushrooms and Albufera sauce. Maybe some sumptuously light steamed foie gras. Or a modern take on a casserole with quail, black cherries and chestnuts.
Unafraid to play with flavours and turn ideas on their heads, you might even come upon the “ephemeral” salad of melon, curry ice cream and cinnamon on the dessert menu. Or the refreshing mix of hibiscus, pink grapefruit, tarragon and beetroot. To serve alongside, LUME offers a superlative wine list that’s been put together with care and attention, and acts as a delicious foil to the food.