Cutting the Cake

Editors and tastemakers join Cabana at the iconic Milanese restaurant, Sant Ambroeus, to celebrate the magazine's 10th birthday with a spectacular cake inspired by the first issue.



Key American editors and tastemakers, including Amy Astley, Tom Delevan, Kristina O'Neill and Colin King, arrived straight off the plane to greet Martina Mondadori at the new Cabana Store in Milan.

After picking up their advance copies of the Birthday Issue, which has silk covers by Valentino, guests strolled around the corner to Sant Ambroeus for the much anticipated unveiling of Sala Isabella, the restaurant’s private dining room.



This extravagantly decorated space has been reimagined by Cabana in a decorative scheme created by Ashley Hicks. The walls are panelled with bespoke patterns, which immediately bring to mind the pages of the magazine, with a rich geometric frieze encircling the room.

Demilune wall sconces fitted with coral pink silk shades cast soft light on the walls, which are adorned with ‘Martina’ plates from Cabana’s 10th Anniversary collection, produced with Ginori.
Splendid Fortuny lights are the centerpiece of the room; on entering, the overall effect is of being transported into a totally different world.


Sala Isabella, the private dining room at Sant Ambroeus, has been reimagined in true Cabana style 

Some of the longest-standing members of the Cabana Family were in attendance, including Miguel Flores-Vianna, Guido Taroni and Antonio Monfreda, who gathered around Cabana co-founders, Martina Mondadori and Christoph Radl, as they cut a large birthday cake inspired by the first issue of Cabana, with covers by Pierre Frey,

The delicious creation was crafted by the master patissiers at Sant Ambroeus, presented with co-host, Alireza Niroomand, as a tribute to Cabana’s first triumphant decade. The chocolate chip sponge was polished off in minutes, washed down with champagne, by Cabana’s many friends and supporters, including Sarah Andelman and Margherita Missoni. 


 The veranda at Sant Ambroeus draped in Toscana linens


During the marquee design fair week, the renowned restaurant underwent a Cabana-inspired transformation. Its terrace and windows were adorned with our timeless Toscana pattern, while celebrated interior designer Ashley Hicks reimagined the private dining room, known as Sala Isabella, in Cabana's signature style.

To commemorate the event, a limited edition tablecloth and napkin set, featuring Sant Ambroeus' distinctive coral hue, were created. Copies of the new magazine were prominently displayed, alongside cakes adorned with Cabana's anniversary floral pattern, named 'Martina' after the editor-in-chief.


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