In the heart of the Porta Venezia district – on the top floor of the Fondazione Luigi Rovati – the new Andrea Aprea restaurant and the eponymous Caffè Bistrot opened a few days ago. After 10 years as Executive Chef at VUN, 2 Michelin-starred chef Andrea Aprea is embarking on a new haute cuisine challenge.
Of great scenic impact, with a panoramic window overlooking the Porta Venezia park and the city skyline, the restaurant covers 400 sq.m., with 36 seats and an open kitchen. Characterising the haute cuisine of starred Chef Andrea Aprea is the memory of the culture that has forged Italian cuisine and the knowledge of the territory. Close and opposite flavours and a variety of textures allow one to experience the flavour of contemporaneity, understood as the ability to interpret the spirit of one’s time.
The wine and spirits list consists of 650 labels from all over the world. selected from the nobility of great wineries and small fine local realities.

Guests are offered three gastronomic routes that combine technique with experience, aesthetics with attention to detail.
Contemporaneità” is a 5-course journey dedicated to the relationship between memory and innovation;
Partenope” represents a journey into the suggestions of Campania through six courses;
Signature” offers an absolute experience in the chef’s philosophy through eight courses.

In the secret green courtyard of the building at Corso Venezia 52, there is also a brand new Caffè Bistrot concept for which Aprea has redefined the canons of popular cuisine through a selection of great classics proposed to the public in purity. Open from breakfast to dinner, the bistrot is ready to welcome 22 guests and another 12 in the dehors overlooking the palace’s secret garden.

The new cultural centre of the Fondazione Rovati takes its first steps with the establishment of a new exhibition space in the 19th-century Palazzo Bocconi-Rizzoli-Carraro, opposite the Giardini Montanelli. The complex was designed by MCA-Mario Cucinella Architects, while Andrea Aprea’s restaurant and bar are based on an architectural design by Flaviano Capriotti.
The spaces include a conference room, a study room, and the first Johan&Levi bookshop. From September, then, a new unique museum is born. The scientific and cultural Foundation, named after the doctor and pharmaceutical entrepreneur Luigi Rovati, has in fact allocated these restored spaces for its Etruscan collection (which will be exhibited in the hypogeum), together with a contemporary art section.