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MILAN — Carla Sozzani, never content with the status quo, is at it again.After altering Milan’s retail landscape more than a decade ago with the opening of her designer boutique 10 Corso Como, she’s now turning her eye toward...

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"It’s not that the service will be slow, it’s just that I’m against the Italian standard of standing at bar to have a quick café and brioche," Sozzani says. "This is a way for guests to enjoy probably one of the only quiet times during the day."

Sozzani is currently working with designer Azzedine Alaïa to open another 3Rooms in Paris. No other sites are set yet, but Sozzani says she’s always interested.

"It would have to be the same concept — three rooms — and I would only go in on it with friends."



NO-TELL MOTEL: Sunday nights in Milan just got a little wilder, thanks to Antonio Coppola’s latest entertainment concept: Chandelier Motel. It’s a lounge, exhibitionist playground and all-out romp that comes alive only on Sundays, when Coppola and his staff transform the club Amnesia into a decadent discotheque, spiked with velvet gilded beds and a rotating group of international DJs. "I wanted to create a place where I would have fun," says Coppola. "And I wanted to create a place where people would smile as soon as they walked in." And smile they will, if not smirk. Party themes have included Fetish, Like a Virgin and Kama Sutra.

(Via Gatto, at the corner of Viale Forlanini; Tel: 39 02 20240458.)



MILANO MODERN: Restaurateur Giuseppe Scalise’s Chatulle offers a modern alternative to Milan’s traditional, albeit sometimes stuffy, dining locales. Its whitewashed walls, arched ceilings and pale wood details provide an airy, relaxed space for dinner or having a drink. Rosemary-marinated steak, carpaccio served with arugula, white celery and grana cheese and risotto made with radicchio and stracchino cheese are among the best of chef Roberto Rundini’s reinvented classics, though he also serves more conventional Mediterranean fare. Meanwhile, Scalise handles the exceptional wine list, which includes such rarities as a Chateau Margaux ’64.

(Via Piero Della Francesca, 68; Tel: 39 02 342008.)
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