Shopping takes time and energy, so when I had to walk the shopping streets of Milan I found myself constantly in need of something to eat. Luckily, Milan, like the rest of Italy’s cities has no shortage of sidewalk restaurants and coffee shops that are always crowded with fabulous people.
By now, after my third trip to the fashion capital in the space of 10 months, I’ve already found my favourite places to eat when it comes to desserts, pastries, gelato, pizza and pesce 🙂
Sampling the different gelato flavours at Le Tre Gazelle on Corso Vittorio Emanuele was something I did at least once a day. Situated so centrally, I had no problem swinging past there to indulge in cheesecake ice cream which was my standard order accompanied by either pistachio, crema or anything with nuts. Taking time out to eat a strawberry and nutella-filled crepe from CioccolItaliani in Milan’s Navigli area has become my tradition. Rich and decadent, it is served with chocolate sauce and I always order ice cream on the side.
The Da Claudio Pescheria on Via Cusani, near the Cairoli metro, is where I put my shopping bags down to enjoy a mixed seafood salad with fresh bread rolls. This combination of fresh prawns, calamari, crabsticks and muscles must be ordered at the food bar and then eaten at one of several high tables. There’s also a formal restaurant on the top floor for diners who prefer to enjoy fresh fish in courses.
I love pizza covered in vegetables or seafood, so when a darling Italiano drove me around the city in search of the best pizza places, I discovered that some ‘Made in Milan’ pizzas are better than others… I ate a divine tuna pizza made like they do in Napoli with fresh tomato salsa and top-quality tuna pieces. Another favourite was a peperoni pizza (pizza with red peppers) which I ate in a restaurant owned by a Ferrari fanatic, near the Duomo.
When it came to writing my article for the Italian magazine, I had to dash off to the Quadrilatero Della Moda for few consecutive days to meet with PR staff from the different fashion houses. This left little time to eat, but I did get to take a table at Cova, a quaint and ornate meeting place for the fashion industry’s high-flyers on the corner of Via Montenapoleone and Via Sant Andrea. On days when I did not have time to lounge around, I would head off to Luini Panzerotti with Valentina, the photographer, by my side. My first time, I only bought one panzerotto filled with tomato and onion. It was sooo good, that I returned the next day and bought two of these delicious savoury pastries without a shread of guilt 🙂