It's Beautiful Here: Milano
Our love affair with the north of Italy began 17 years ago, when a strapping, young Italian man from Milan lived with our family in Melbourne. Quickly becoming the brother we never had, it was the start of many journeys back and forth to Italy’s largest city. Perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing and romantic as Florence or Venice, and with fewer secrets to uncover than Rome, what Milan lacks in beauty, she makes up for in style. We love the smell of jasmine in the air, the beautiful green spaces, the Milanese way of life, and the close proximity to the lake region.
Coffee + Pastry
Pasticceria Sissi is a popular breakfast spot amongst Milanese intellects and the fashion pack (D&G’s head office is just steps away). We love our morning coffee and pastry here. Entertaining, energetic staff, a fun vibe and heavenly croissants. Piazza Risorgimento 6.
Gattullo is our favorite place for breakfast in the city. Gattullo has been a Milanese institution since 1961. Come to this beautiful corner pasticceria for great coffee, pastries, delicious sandwiches and old-school decor. Piazzale Di Porta Lodovica, 2.
Founded in Turin, Eataly is a classy, authentic and very Italian, deli-style take on a global food and beverage company that has made waves all over the world. We are regular visitors at their NYC outpost, but this one takes Italian cuisine to a whole new level, with authentic cooking classes and an in-house library full of amazing cook books. Piazza XXV Aprile, 10.
La Gelateria della Musica is hands down the best gelato in town. A bit off the beaten track, the end prize of creamy, smoothy, quality gelato is worth the extra effort. What’s more is, they are open until 1am for when you get that late night sugar urge. Via Giovanni Enrico Pestalozzi, 4.
Straf, just steps away from the Duomo (next to Rinascente), is our favourite place for aperitivo. Expect to see the stylish spill out on to the street here, Campari in hand. Straf also often houses DJs in the low-key Milano cool space. Via San Raffaele, 3.
Cascina Cuccagna is a long-abandoned 17th century farmhouse that was renovated ten years ago and turned into an urban farm, restaurant and creative space for the local community to enjoy. This is a beautiful place for aperitivo or dinner. Share pizza and small bites while enjoying the casual, friendly, local atmosphere. Via Cuccagna 2/4, ang. Via Muratori.
Out Of Town
If you can spare a day, a visit to Lago di Como, which is possibly one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on earth, is a must. Start with aperitivo at Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, on the lake under the trees, and then move on to a slow and peaceful lunch tucked up in the hills at family-run Trattoria del Glicine, Via Vittorio Veneto, 1.