In addition to housing new Lavazza offices, a convention center, museum, preserved fourth-century Christian basilica, and more, the sprawling, modern space will also feature a major food attraction: a new restaurant concept from El Bulli alum Ferran Adrià.
Condividere, designed by Oscar-winner Dante Ferretti and developed in collaboration with Adrià and Italian chef Federico Zanasi, will open to the public on June 8.
“It’s an act of faith towards the future in a world that is so weird like today’s world, and today’s future is Federico,” said Adrià on Thursday at the opening of Nuvola Lavazza. “We wanted to bring something new to Italian gastronomy—a gastronomy that has already offered thousands of ideas. It was going to be difficult. Opening a restaurant is the most difficult thing to do in the world.”
Nuvola Lavazza also houses Bistrot, the company’s café that is also open to the public. The company developed Bistrot with the help of Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini, or “the voice of Piedmont,” as Giuseppe Lavazza put it in a statement. Bistrot’s culinary sensibility will be rooted firmly in Petrini’s “short supply chain” philosophy.
“‘Condividere’ means ‘sharing.’ We wanted to give people food for thought,” Adrià said. “There are many good restaurants, but so many of them have no philosophy behind what they do. A restaurant is a language, that customers can live and experience.”