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La Ménagère (FI)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets

A forerunner of trends since its opening in 2015, La Ménagère has been able to renew itself again in 2021, giving life to a romantic mix of industrial, design and vintage dedicated to food, shopping and entertainment.

Café, restaurant, cocktail bar and concept store, La Ménagère was born from an idea of the Manfredi family in the historic space of the first homeware shop in the city dated back to 1896, thus marking the history of Florentine hospitality thanks to a very innovative industrial-chic style.

Florence is known to be the capital of the “Renaissance” and so, in 2021, the restaurant was again able to renew itself thanks to an interior design that mixes velvets and wallpapers, concrete and iron, crystal and carpet, with furnishings of every era, from the 30s to the 70s, giving life to a truly unique dreamlike and floral world.

La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets

We wanted to create a place always able to arouse new emotions: every day here, in fact, we make something different happen, conceived to reach the hearts of our guests.

(Manfredi family)

A space of over 1500 m2 on three floors, designed for a new idea of immersive and international conviviality by the Claudio Nardi Architects studio with the collaboration of Matteo Crociani, where its various souls coexist in harmony: the bar & cocktails area, in the right aisle of the venue with an independent entrance, the two central galleries where you can find the bistro, the emporium of design objects, the bookshop and the flower boutique and, further down, divided by a wall of masonry arches, the restaurant. From there, you enter the elegant private room with a round table and an open kitchen boasting a chef’s table for fine dining treats.

On the lower floor, there is the Gentlemen’s Club with a pool table and cigar room, perfect for after dinners in the style of the 40s, while on the first floor we find a business lounge perfect for small meetings and events.

La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets

The cuisine is orchestrated by the Turin chef Nicholas Duonnolo with Luca Cinalli‘s signature cocktails, both with international experiences, from London to Bangkok via Monte Carlo.

With these premises, La Ménagère is truly a place to live all day, from breakfast, with its exquisite poached eggs and pancakes, to a quick lunch up to dinner with more structured dishes such as grilled beef fillet with smoked eggplant and parmesan sauce or ricotta and spinach gnudi (dumplings) with pecorino cheese and black truffle.

La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets

The concept store and the bookshop are just beautiful, offering a distillation of what is cool around the world: like the “Fashion Show” book series, from Chanel to YSL, curated by internationally renowned editors such as Tim Blanks and Suzy Menkes, to the tea cups with the inscription “Gin” by Yvonne Ellen, up to the home fragrances of the handcrafted perfumery Aquaflor.

Today, it is, in particular, Ernesto Manfredi, son of the founders who gave life to this place, one of the most beautiful in Florence, who is dedicated to creating unique emotions for his guests every day, be they an improvised piano concert, a course of calligraphy or a new floral installation.

The Secret

There is a detail that has never changed since 2015: it is the gigantic convivial table, located in the left aisle from the entrance, which has been made from centuries-old oak boards with a diameter of almost 4 meters. Behind it, a scenographic installation was created, with the help of the Dall’Origine vintage store, boasting a selection of blown glass objects – that includes bottles, vases, backsplashes, and glasses, recovered across half of Europe and dated between 1940 and 1980 – ranging from and warmer shades to colder ones.

La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets
La Ménagère (FI) — Toscana Secrets

Useful Info

La Ménagère
Via de’ Ginori 8/R
50123 Firenze
Tel. +39 055 0750600

Breakfast: set menu from 26 euro
Brunch: Sat and Sun from 35 euro
First courses: 19 — 21 euro
Second courses: 28 — 38 euro

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