Davide Oldani, inventor of POP Cuisine - high quality, priced reasonably - opened his restaurant D’O in 2003 in Cornaredo, outside Milan, his hometown. After just a year in business, the most authoritative culinary guides included him among the great chefs of Italian cuisine. He has received many accolades, including a Michelin star in 2004, the City of Milan’s Ambrogino d’oro in 2008 and, in 2013, he was invited to speak at Harvard about his experience as an entrepreneur following the publication of a case history about his restaurant in the Harvard Business Review.
In May 2014, the Davide Oldani Cafè opened in the new Luxury Square shopping area at Milan’s Malpensa airport. He has published several books, including Cuoco andata e ritorno (2008), Le D’Onne lo sanno (2018), Mangia come parli (Luglio 2020), and POP Food (2021) Feltrinelli paperback edition. In 2016 he opened his new D’O, an evolved version of its predecessor in order to create a “bigger” cuisine, able to hold its own against other cuisines in Italy and abroad. In November 2020, the Michelin Guide awarded him a second star for the year 2021 and the Michelin Green star, symbol of sustainability.
His activity as a designer, an offshoot of his skill as an attentive observer, reflects that of the chef himself: tables, chairs, dishes, flatware and glasses, inspired by POP: simple, functional, and elegant.