I was born surrounded by beauty in the Renaissance town of Mantova in Italy. So I was looking for beauty in Milan when I arrived in town in 1992 and I found it in design and architecture and in the innate sense of simplicity and practical elegance of the city’s inhabitants. I love looking around for trends and what’s new; I observe it from a certain distance. I ride my bike against traffic, if necessary, to reach a peaceful and beautiful place.
my preferred spot for a morning coffee
ORSO NERO COFFEE
Via Giuseppe Broggi, 15
This is a tight place that can be crowded. Well and simply designed by the young Milanese architectural firm ForestieriPacePezzani. The coffee is simply delicious and a frothy cappuccino, made with time and love, is served. Don’t come here if you are in a hurry.
my favourite cultural institution
here’s where I buy my books
Corso di Porta Ticinese, 40
They always have great suggestions for reading.
an additional local shop I support
Calzature Gallon Milano
Piazza Sant'Eustorgio, 4
A timeless Milanese shop to purchase cheap and chic espadrilles in summer and typical velvety friulane in winter. You don’t need anything else to walk.
this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends
OSTERIA GRAND HOTEL
Via Ascanio Sforza, 75
A hidden osteria with a bowl field where you can spend some relaxing time and eat better than at an actual Grand Hotel.
here I dine when there’s something to celebrate
SPAZIO Niko Romito
c/o 4° floor Mercato del Duomo
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II,
Ask for a table facing the spire of the cathedral. The season’s menu fathomed and realized by the students of Michelin decorated chef Niko Romito comes close to perfection.
my favourite pizza spot
Via Plinio, 29
This is where time stopped in the 1970s.
my bar of choice
Piazza del Duomo, 21
For a standing shaker Campari. It is an old fashioned liberty place. It will be renovated by Lissoni Associati soon: Let’s see what the place will be afterwards. I’m sure that the shaker Campari will be great as usual.
additional things not to be missed
A Walk on the roof top of the cathedral on a sunny day.
Order a Negroni Sbagliato at Bar Basso.
Buy Panettone at Marchesi.
Book a ticket for the opera at the opening of the season at La Scala. If you don’t snag seats in “platea” (the stalls), remember that real opera lovers sit in “galleria” (the balcony).
the next person I’d like to read about on creative traveller
Linda in Venice (coming soon)
ALPI WOOD, Milan
I am currently Business Development Manager, responsible for developing relationships with architects and designers for ALPI WOOD, a leading company that produces engineered wood for interiors in cooperation with designers such as Martino Gamper, Piero Lissoni, Gam Fratesi, or Kengo Kuma.
added november 2019
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