Cafe Milano Abu Dhabi
Cafe Milano, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. In its first expansion since founder Franco Nuschese launched the restaurant in Washington DC in 1992, Cafe Milano opens is doors on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi's premier financial center. The new venue joins the island's impressive development as a stand-alone Italian restaurant for the new Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. Located near the ground breaking new Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Cafe Milano Abu Dhabi is designed to reflect its contemporary environment while embracing the waterfront views with an expansive terrace and coastal inspired design features. Along with the Milanese fare, the sophisticated restaurant is a celebration of Milan's buzzing fashion scene. Cafe Milano caters to the business crowd of Abu Dhabi's financial hub, providing the ultimate social and dining experience while mirroring its predecessor as the place "to be and be seen." 
Inside the restaurant, guests are immediately enwrapped by the airy atmosphere, surrounded by light materials, neutral color palatte and large decorative plants reminiscent of a coastal hideout. Custom Italian furnishings fill the space while natural light floods in from the glass facade connecting the main dining room and the outside terrace. During favorable weather, the facade can open completely, allowing the ocean breeze to fill the restaurant. 

The focal point of the restaurant lies at the center of the dining room, where large boat shaped sculptures composed of interwining metal rods hang from the center of the vaulted ceiling. The sculptures conjure images of the ancient Middle Eastern dhow boat, and reinforce the connection to the surrounding water. The floor is a unique textured pattern of marble chips, travertine, refined mosaic tile and bronze metal inlay. Lining the walls is a composition of "fashion centric" bespoke art, black and white image of Milan's street fashion and one of a kind framed vintage scarves, creating a strong connection to the city's influence as the capital of design and fashion. 

Photography: Renderings Property of Tihany Design