Plants on the walls, “sociable” wooden tables to share and a welcoming mood that is vaguely reminiscent of Brooklyn’s bars: this is oTTo, on Via Paolo Sarpi in Milan, a bright space that provides a perfect spot to meet any time of the day.
Located at the heart of Chinatown, its industrial vibe is obvious in the recovered furniture and mismatched chairs, which seem to come straight out of some school classroom. Vintage cupboards and chests of drawers stand out against the white walls, as minimalistic style meets the warm hues of wood. The atmosphere is definitely casual and relaxed, and attracts a diverse clientele to the 260-square-meter space. A large window puts art on display where passersby can see it, signaling a venue meant to host events and exhibitions too. Breakfast, lunch or just meeting with friends: there may be no “happy hour” at oTTo, but you can always order a “quadrotto” – a slice of bread with delicious toppings, such as humus or salmon.