ELISA LEONI
architect

milan
italy

Elisa Leoni, Milano

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
20129 Milano

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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

PIRELLI HANGAR BICOCCA
Via Chiese, 2
20126 Milano

www.pirellihangarbicocca.org

The biggest space for art I’ve ever seen. Impressive.


FONDAZIONE CARRIERO
Via Cino del Duca, 4
20122 Milano 

www.fondazionecarriero.org

If you are looking for tiny and hidden place.

here’s where I buy my books

LIBRERIA VERSO
Corso di Porta Ticinese, 40
20123 Milano

www.libreriaverso.com

They always have great suggestions for reading.

an additional local shop I support

Calzature Gallon Milano
Piazza Sant'Eustorgio, 4
20122 Milano

no website

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
20141 Milano

www.grandhotelosteria.it

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,
20121 Milano

www.spazionikoromito.com

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

PORTOBELLO
Via Plinio, 29
20129 Milano

no website

This is where time stopped in the 1970s.

my bar of choice

CAMPARINO
Piazza del Duomo, 21
20121 Milano

www.camparino.com

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.

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added november 2019
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