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Table Talk with Alla Carta

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December 06, 2016
It would be a shame to call Alla Carta simply a magazine because it reaches far beyond the glossy pages of compact entertainment expected from such a category. The oversized, matte-finished pages hold a carefully curated selection of tales in written and visual form that cross the boundaries of food, art, fashion and design. The title is a tribute to their Italian origins, a nod to both dedication to printed communication on paper (or “carta” in the mother tongue) and the typical choose-your-own ordering style of an à la carte menu. Alla Carta defines itself as an English language “bi-annual international publication” that is “an ode to the most precious of mediums and to the most precious moments of the day.”
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Feature interviews are conducted around the table (as written in their tagline “dissertations around the table”), and breakfast, lunch and dinner become opportunities to gather people and share their ideas. “We were friends before being partners,” say founders Yara De Nicola and Fabiana Fierotti, “and we had a chance to work together on different projects. We have a real passion for publishing and we wanted to work on a personal editorial project so we did. After realising all of our meetings were always during a meal, we just made food our starting point. Meal conviviality is rooted very deeply in the Italian culture and in us of course.”

There’s something distractedly addicting about leafing through the selection of striking full-page photos and raw, unedited interviews with inspiring makers during meal times.
Issue N.5 from the colder months of 2014 is an office favourite. It features morning, noon and night sit-downs over food with Michael Milosh of the musical duo Rhye, film guru Michel Gondry and Nendo founder/Japanese designer Oki Sato, respectively. The interviews put the reader right into the conversation as notes about the menu, the service and the atmosphere are interspersed frequently into the interview transcript.

Breakfast with Michael Milosh covers everything from his pet guinea pig to his unique egg-frying techniques and his grandmother’s designation as a witch doctor, while of course saving time to talk music and recording. We were excited to see the conversation ebb into the world of lighting and the senses. Speaking of the light artist James Turrell’s exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Milosh says, “His work kind of serves as a reminder to me that we see the world through a culmination of our own individual senses.”
Alla Carta is for sure a sensory warehouse. There’s something distractedly addicting about leafing through the selection of striking full-page photos and raw, unedited interviews with inspiring makers during meal times. Alla Carta plays with dialogues around food to make powerful personalities in the high-end design and art world accessible to any reader. De Nicola and Fierotti chime in, “We fill every issue with different topics and different creative ideas generated from the need of eating, the fascination of cooking and the charm of natural products and we just play them around fashion and design.” We love the candid conversations, the intellectual interjections and on-point aesthetics that make Alla Carta a rare twice-a-year treat.

Creative Director: Yara De Nicola
Fashion Director: Fabiana Fierotti
Issue: 5 (Winter 2014)
Published in: Milan