A Day In Milan
Alessia Rizzetto Hospitality PR & Communications / Milan Food Expert / Ibiza Regular Alessia is a professional in food & wine PR. Her work with some of the greatest chefs of the world established a strong network of relations and affirmed her role as “food & wine expert” in her home base food scene of Milan. Whenever possible, Alessia flies to her second home in Ibiza, where she’s in the midst of some new food and music adventures. Here are her top picks for the ultimate day in Milano: Eat Bre
Hospitality PR & Communications / Milan Food Expert / Ibiza Regular
Alessia is a professional in food & wine PR. Her work with some of the greatest chefs of the world established a strong network of relations and affirmed her role as “food & wine expert” in her home base food scene of Milan. Whenever possible, Alessia flies to her second home in Ibiza, where she’s in the midst of some new food and music adventures.
Here are her top picks for the ultimate day in Milano:
Every day in Milan should begin with a great breakfast. (Except Mondays, when everything is closed.) For your first breakfast, go straight to Gattullo, one of the most historic places in town. Ask for a cappuccino with a sfogliatina ai mirtili (berry filled pastry). If you’re more of a savory breakfast person, ask for a Gattullino, the delicious signature sandwich named after owner Domenico Gattullo, who can usually be found sitting at the entrance chatting to all his friends and customers.
Head to the Porta Nuova District and look for Ristorante Berton, the new restaurant from Michelin starred chef Andrea Berton.
The mid-day business lunch menu includes four meals that change every day, served all on one plate, plus a glass of wine and a dessert, all for 45€—totally worth it. If you’re feeling especially indulgent, order an extra Chocolate soufflé with fiordilatte ice cream.
Mastering the art of apertivos means staying sober all the way 'til dinner. If you’re craving pizza paired with amazing cocktails go to DRY in Via Solferino for great music, artistic video projections, and an underground atmosphere.
Looking for something more traditional? Escape to the Porta Romana neighborhood and Un Posto a Milano, a restored 18th century farm where you can wander through the open courtyards with a glass of wine and indulge in Chef Nicola Cavallaro’s authentic seasonal cooking.
Walk to Colonne di San Lorenzo and stop at Cavalli e Nastri in Via Gian Giacomo Mora. Here you’ll find amazing vintage pieces for both men and women at very reasonable prices. From there, head to Via Santa Marta to Wait and See, an amazing concept store whose owner hand picks the best clothes and accessories from small designers all over the world with impeccable taste and a sense of humor.
5 Vie is your go-to neighborhood for amazing shopping. My Room on Via S. Maurilio is renowned stylist Susanna Ausoni’s studio and atelier. Inspired by her grandmother’s classic style, she mixes vintage pieces with the newest collections to create stand-out looks with an unmistakably Milanese touch.
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Across the street from Wait and See is Funky Table. Even if tableware isn’t your passion, you’ll love browsing this eclectic collection of colorful items from all over the world. Know anyone with an anniversary coming up? The customizable cutlery here would make a great gift.
Head to Via Palermo where the beautifully designed RAW shop showcases whimsical luxury pieces from Europe and the US.
A few steps away is Giolina e Angelo, where you can customize simple yet timeless jewelry creations.
At Piazza Castello, you’ll find the historic Castello Sforzesco, where the huge surrounding park is perfect for a stroll. Walk along Via Dante and you’ll find yourself in Piazza Duomo, where the stunning Duomo Cathedral welcomes you to Milan. It’s worth taking the full tour, complete with a climb up the towering guglie(spire), where you’ll get a stunning view of the city. Guided tours are available as well here. I love to take an afternoon walk through Porta Nuova, where brand new skyscrapers tower above me, and end up at Piazza Gae Aulenti. This is one of the longest walking paths in Milan, and a great way to take in the city’s scenic variety.
From Piazza del Duomo, stroll through the Galleria del Duomo and exit at the Piazza della Scala, where the beautiful Teatro alla Scala hosts charming concerts, ballets and opera performances. If you don’t have a plans for the evening, get a ticket. (The experience is worth the price!) Want to have your hair and beard done? Corso Magenta is home to Barberino’s, the most elegant and refined barber shop in town. Or, treat yourself to a relaxing massage and mani/pedi at Bahama Mama.
7:30 PM is aperitivo time, when all Milanese gather to chat, laugh and enjoy a glass of wine over some good food. One of the best places in town is Tasca, a Spanish tapas bar where owners Erwan and Alessio will make you feel at home. If you’re in the Paolo Sarpi neighborhood (Chinatown) go to Cantine Isola, where a really good selection of wines will be poured in your glass at a very reasonable price. If you’re looking for a comfortable place to lounge and sip fine wines from small producers, Bicerin is the spot for you. There you’ll find a warm, cozy atmosphere and a “wine library” where you can browse more than 600 labels.
For after dinner drinks, go to small batch distillery The Botanical Cluband try their homemade gin in the “Aki Gimlet” (gin, lime, sugar, white pepper, coriander, and orange peel). For avid mixologists, some additional spots to try are MAG (a speakeasy feel with a highly creative cocktail) or the nearest Ugo (a cozy, living room feel with a 40-label gin library)
Make sure you book in advance at Senato Hotel Milano, the independent boutique hotel that recently opened in Via Senato. Designed by architect Alessandro Bianchi, the Senato boasts terrace views of the Duomo Cathedral. One sleep in their soft-as-clouds linens, and you’ll wake up in heaven, ready for their amazing breakfast curated by Vanity Fair food editor Maddalena Fossati.