Almost off-radar geographically, Quattrocento’s raison d’etre is to make its guests’ trek worthwhile in terms of dining out in Milan’s outskirts: its after-delicious-dinner parties sometimes go on till 6am, featuring big-name DJs and live music. Located on a dirt track 4km south of the Duomo and surrounded by a cheering sense of greenbelt space and its own garden, it is only accessible by taxi.
Its four dining rooms, lounge and bar are housed in a restored convent from the 1400s (hence, loosely, the name ‘400’). The interior design is modern rustic with an easy-going ambience: slouchy leather sofas from Paris’s Marché aux Puces and moss-green dining furniture are offset against exposed brick and chocolate walls. The creative contemporary Italian cuisine is a draw in itself: novel ingredients, good portions and good value.
After dinner on Fridays and fortnightly on Saturdays, three live DJs play easy breakbeat, house and funk; one DJ is even stationed in the unisex bathroom. Nowhere here is off-limits to the party.