Three International Talents Who Made It in Milan

Considered by many a very conservative city, Milan is becoming more and more international thanks to the creativity, diverse background and business acumen of individuals from across the globe who found a home under the Duomo cathedral. From food to flower design and architecture, here are the stories of three personalities who built names for themselves in Milan.

 

CLAUDIO LIU

When Claudio Liu opened his first restaurant, called Iyo, in 2007, he was only 23.

For those familiar with Milan’s food scene, Iyo offers the city’s best Japanese cuisine, a supremacy that got an official stamp in 2014 when the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star.

“It has been such a surprise, we were definitely not looking for that achievement. It took a while to digest it,” said Liu, now 38. Born in China to Chinese parents, he was raised close to Reggio Emilia and in 2003 moved with the

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