As Andrea Da Como’s (D.O.C., Baby, Builders Arms Hotel) fiancée shopped in Milan, Italy’s fashion capital, he made use of the time by exploring the city’s restaurant scene. It was when Da Como stepped into Dry – a polished pizza and cocktail bar – he came up with the idea for Tipico, the modern Italian restaurant he opened in Windsor with Marco Scalisi (Ti Amo, Swillhouse Group, Tokyo Tina) in 2018.
The modern industrial space was put together by interior designer Stephanie Korolija (Studio Ole), also a good friend of Da Como’s. Wood panelling encases the kitchen and in the window is a neon sculpture by London artist Meg Abbott, who’s also responsible for the line-based artwork adorning the walls.
In another twist, the bar is made from terrazzo concrete typically found on the floor in traditional Italian homes.
On the menu you’ll still find classics but with subtle twists and modern plating, such as the Fiore di Burrata – an updated caprese salad with three small burratas (buffalo-milk cheese), roasted tomatoes and basil pesto. And the menu is still anchored with traditional pasta and pizza, Roman-style but with a bit more of a crust on the side.
Other menu highlights by head chef Domenic De Marco include the zucchini parmigiana, kingfish crudo and the prosciutto tigella – a piadina-style flat bread from the Italian city of Modena. Seafood is sourced from Ocean Made and cheese from La Latteria, the mozzarella laboratory from That’s Amore Cheese founder Giorgio Linguanti.
When it comes to wine, reds from Italy’s Piedmont and Abruzzo regions and whites from Veneto and Sicily are imported by Trembath and Taylor, Mezzanine Wine and Winestock. The cocktail list features the Venice Sunset with Aperol, gin and ruby grapefruit, and the Milano Sour, that’s served with a whisky-infused panettone.