A new restaurant in the heart of Milan


With this izakaya, a japanese equivalent of our hosteries, based in Porta Venezia, Claudio Saverino and Tiziano Vudafieri face the theme of popular memories which animate the post-work Tokyo evenings, setting as an objective to re-stitch an aesthetic relationship – narrative but not artificial – with Milan’s urban ambience in which Kanpai transports a sensation of contemporary Japan, recalling in a non vernacular way some of the typical elements of the traditional Izakaya.

Also in this project Vudafieri-Saverino Partners have treasured the pre-existing, tracing in the place’s markings and memories some of the elements around which to create the Kanpai atmosphere.

Evident markings found in the walls’ irregularities and colours, left rough and enriched by partial decorative inserts. Essential furnishings, subdued lights, warm relaxing colours constitute the aesthetic score, never banal, in evoking Japanese culture.

Kanpai’s 150 square metres are structured over three rooms, having diverse colour schemes and aesthetic atmospheres to interpret the different styles of conviviality and comfort.

The Kanpai can be viewed in two ways; seen from a western eye, it could be interpreted as a piece of Tokyo arrived in Milan; while observed from a Japanese, it could appear as a western interpretation of Japan.

Tiziano Vudafieri, Claudio Saverino


Alice Brunello


Santi Caleca