The Italiano Way

The South Street Seaport has a splendid new tenant transplanted straight from Milan. I recently visited 10 Corso Como which opened last Fall. This vibrant concept store is pure fun mixed with an elegant selection of homewares, garments, books and specialized luxury items. In addition to the retail sections there is also an onsite art gallery with rotating exhibitions and a jewel box restaurant offering Italian dishes presented as eclectically and aesthetically pleasing as the décor itself.

The brainchild of Carla Sozzani, 10 Corso Como came about in the early 1990’s when the fashion editor sought to translate what she published on paper into the creation of a three dimensional magazine, giving a space to objects and topics she curated and wrote about within a store that included a café and bookshop all under one roof. The retail project was an instant success as Milan embraced and celebrated this new concept.

She has now brought her vision to New York City. The remodel of a former Gap location in the historic Fulton Market Building, just off the Fulton Street entrance to the wharf, boasts interiors that are nothing short of astounding. In fact, the renovation is so complete it is difficult to imagine that 10 Corso Como was not always there, hovering above the East River like a beacon beckoning shoppers, diners and art enthusiasts alike looking for a unique destination.

A highlight of my visit was enjoying lunch in the restaurant which had all the panache you could imagine. The tuna tartare appetizer came in round discs as thin as prosciutto with artichokes, scattered basil and chunks of sea salt. Continuing the fish theme, I chose the branzino entrée which was formed into a rounded loaf tied and stuffed with spigarello, lardo and garlic confit. (I had never seen this treatment done with fish before!) For dessert, the ricotta cheesecake hit the spot, with its crust-less deconstructed design and seasonal fruit. A complex and interesting Italian wine rounded out a divine meal.

The art gallery featuring a recent show, Beyond Blonde, with works by British photographer Steve Hiett.

10 Corso Como can really be a full experience—it’s a place that invites you to slow down, take your time, enjoy all the sensory offerings and take in all the details with great appreciation. It’s a place worth exploring and a fount of inspiration.

Anche se stai solo guardando, è un viaggio soddisfacent!