Even more than five decades after she and her husband debuted their provocative knitwear, with its bold stripes, geometrics and abstract floral patterns, Rosita Missoni is still one of Italy’s most forward-thinking designers. But when it comes to food, she’s a traditionalist who enjoys repeating the advice she used to get from her mother: “The most important man in your life, after your husband, is your butcher.” She shares her style and her Italian family recipes at her latest project, Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, which opened in June.
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The first of 30 Hotel Missoni outposts expected to open around the world over the next decade, the Edinburgh property shows Rosita’s stamp in every aspect of its look. The black-and-white palette sets off Rosita’s creations for Missoni Home—psychedelic floral plates, multicolor-striped towels. Rosita has filled the hotel with furniture by designers she admires, like Arne Jacobsen and Marcel Wanders, and pieces she herself owns, like Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chair.
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For Cucina Missoni, the hotel restaurant, Rosita sifted through her recipe box and selected her 20 family favorites. Then Giorgio Locatelli, the Michelin-starred chef behind London’s Locanda Locatelli restaurant and the hotels’ consulting chef, worked with her to update them. Both Rosita and Locatelli are from Northern Italy’s Lombardy region and grew up eating versions of the classic dishes now on Cucina Missoni’s menu: pan-fried scamorza (a provolone-like cheese) served with two pestos, for instance, and grilled eggplant involtini (rolls) topped with goat cheese vinaigrette.