Italian Hotspot, Shanghai - Design Bureau

Italian Hotspot, Shanghai

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

By John Dugan

means crazy, mad or wild in Italian—which just about describes the idea of bringing a brick Italian oven from Naples to China's biggest city and building a restaurant around it. But in Pudong, Shanghai, that's exactly what was done and MATTO has turned out to be a huge hit—winning awards and mentions from all the big travel mags and nabbing the best Italian in the 2012 That's Shanghai Food & Drink Awards. MATTO is the brainchild of the those that brought a Philippe Starck-designed JIA hotel to Hong Kong—Yenn Wong and JIA Boutique Hotels. They acclaimed Enzo Carbone of Naples to create the menu—he's the one who brought the oven over. That's what they call a passion for detail.

Darryl Goveas of Pure Creative International created the interior—blending industrial features, a playful chalkboard wall with a rustic wood and old world details such as Italian travertine and European tin ceiling. The result is casual, welcoming, European—and suggests guests are in for an authentic experience, as authentically Italian as you'll get in Shanghai anyway.

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