Insider tip no. 15: orange wine

Orange wine is going to be all the rage this autumn so what is it and which Italian labels produce them?

They are the new rosé but rosé wine gets its colour from the skins of black grapes left to macerate for some time and then removed, so the wine doesn’t become red, whereas orange wines are made from white grapes and the macerating of the skins give them their spectacular colour, it is not a new process but a very old tradition indigenous to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. They are perfect with raw fish, meat and venison.

It may be hard to find in the wine bars right now but we assure you it is going to be a lot easier this autumn.

Here is list of the producers in Italy:

Orange wine.

Abbazia San Giorgio
Costadilà
Draga-Miklus
Dario Prinčič
Gravner
Il Carpino
La Castellada
Paraschos
Porta del Vento
Ronco Severo

Sassotondo

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Go on day trips from Milan.

The Milanese love going on day trips outside the gates of the city as they say and there are lots of wonderful places nearby. Here is the Insider Guide to the greatest places

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Como.

50 km north of Milan is Como by the beautiful Lake Como surrounded by mountains.It takes about 1 hour from Cadorna station to Como lake and a return ticket is a little under €10. It’s a cosy and very beautiful small town with antique town walls and a great shopping area in the historical center and actually also the place where our personal love affair with Italy began many years ago.

Como is famous for its silk and we recommend you visit the outlet Diffusione Seta located at 8-11, Piazza Cavour (find on map).

When we were there last we had lunch at the super neat
Ristorante Sociale, 6, Via Rodari (find on map) – prices are reasonable and and the food is local and solid – but next time we are planning on trying out the much more sophisticated restaurant with all the great reviews
The Market Place, 21/A, Via Borsieri (find on map) – closed on Sundays.

Another fantastic thing to do here is to take the ferry from Como (just by Piazza Cavour) for e.g.Bellaggio or out to see the incredibly beautiful villas, located in the area. Here the app Navigazione Laghi is a really good tool – Download for Android | iPhone

You can go from Como with the funicular up to Brunate where on a clear day you get an amazing view of Lake Como and the Alps

There are several antique markets in Como:
On the first Sunday every month 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Piazza San Fedele (find on map)
On the second Wednesday every month (Except January and August) 8.30 a.m.-7 p.m. in Porto Torre, Viale Carlo Cattaneo (find on map)
On the last Saturday every month (except January and August) in Via Muratto og Piazza Ferretta (find on map)
On the third Sunday every month. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (except January and August) in Via Spallino (find on map)

Bergamo.

Then there is Bergamo, situated about, 45 minutes away by train from Milan. You can go from the stations of Stazione Centrale, Cadorna and Garibaldi

Bergamo is one of the few towns in Italy whose historical center is still located within the original town walls which have maintained their original aspect.

Bergamo is divided into two parts Bergamo Bassa (low Begamo) and Berrgamo Alta (high Begamo), Bergamo Alta  is the historical part of the town which you can get to either by the city funicular or by taking the 45-minute hike up.

There are monasteries, historical buildings and an ancient botanical garden.

The wonderful Accademia Carrara museum is located in Bergamo Bassa.

There is an antique market in Begamo Alta on the thrid Sunday of every month (except August) on Piazza Vecchia (find on map)

Among the many lunch places in Bergamo:.
Hostaria del Relais San Lorenzo, 9, Piazza Mascerono (find on map)
Antica Hosteria del Vino Buono, 25, Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe (find on map)

Villagio Operaio Crespi d’Adda.

A villlage built by the Crespi family for the workers on their factory. It was very advanced for its time (late 1800s) with free education for the children of the employees, a free indoor swimming pool and the first village in Italy to have modern public lighting. In 1995 the village was entered nto the UNESCO World Heritage List. The directions on how to get there can be found here.

Isole Borromee and Stresa.

The Isolee Borromee (the Borromean Islands) are located in the Maggiore Lake and can be reached from Stresa by boat, they are lovely at all times of the year but are paricularly stunning during springtime, They are famous for their amazing palaces and gardens. There are three islands: Isola Bella with the Borromean Palace and gardens, Isola Superiore (Fishmerman’s Island) a tiny island with a beautiful fishing village and Isola Madre with a botanical garden and Palace.

Stresa is quite close to Milan and can be reached from both the Central Station and the Garibaldi station, the trip takes about an hour.

Stresa has a lot of great restaurants where you can have lunch, some examples:
Antica Stresa, 34, Piazza Cadorna (find on map).
Astoria, 21, Corso Umberto I (find on map)

But you can also eat on Fisherman’s Island (Isola Superiore), example
Belvedere, Via di Mezzo (find on map).

San Pellegrino Spa.

If you feel like pampering yourself go for a day to the San Pellegrino spa (terme) (find on map), you need a car to get up there. Prices and opening hours here. A small piece of advice; go on a weekday.

Lodi.

Lodi is another town that is very near Milan, it takes about 35 minutes with the train going to Bologna, and you can catch it from both Stazione Centrale and Cadorna. Lodi is a lovely little town whose interesting archtecture dates all the way back to 1160.

There is an antique market in Lodi on the first Sunday of every month (except January and August) 8 a.m.7 p.m. on Piazza Castello (find on map)

A couple of good places to have lunch in Lodi are:
Antica Trattoria il Gattino, 71, Corso Mazzini (find on map)
Il Pomodoro Pelato, 48, Via Cavour (find on map)

Vigevano.

And please don’t miss Vigevano in the province of Pavia. It takes about an hour to get there and we recommend taking the train from Porta Genova railway station (find on map)

IMG_7857Vigevano is an incredibly beautiful art town with an amazing renaissance square Piazza Ducale, considered one of Italy’s finest. There is also a castle, Vigevano’s own Castello Sforzesco which was transformed from a fortress to the residence of a prince in 1492-94 by Ludovio Sforza. Furthermore Vigevano is famous for making shoes and there is a shoe museum inside the Castello Sforzesco with no admission.

There’s an antique market in Vigevanoon the thrid Sunday of every month (except August) in the area between Piazza Piazza Martiri della Liberazione, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Via S. Croce (find on map).

Good places to have lunch in Vigevano:
Cappuccetto Rosso Bistrot, 4, Via Carrobbio (find on map)
Cafe del Mar, 34, Via Leonardo da Vinci (find on map)

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Wine and Food.

If you love wine and great food there are some areas we recommend you visit and you could spend the night in one of the many agrotourisms. Some great areas are Franciacorta, Asti and Langhe (where, among other towns, Alba is located).

There are many food and wine festivals in both Piedmont and Lombardia. These festivals are great for getting an insight into small communities and their seasonal products (wine, truffles, cheeses, chestnuts, mushrooms, pumpkins etc.)

 

Star-studded restaurants outside Milan.

If you came to Milan by car there are lots of great restaurants in Lombardy. We want to mention:

D’O  Davide Oldani’s wonderful restaurant with 1 Michelin star, located in San Pietro all’Olmo, Cornaredo (find on map). Davide Oldani is the chef who invented the concept Pop Cuisine (Cucina Pop). Remember to book well in advance.

Cannavacciuolo Bistrot. 1, Piazza Martiri della Libertà in Novara (find on map) which belongs to Antonino Cannavacciulo, one of the new judges in the Italian edition of Masterchef.

Antonino Cannavacciuolo also runs the restaurant (with 2 Michelin stars) and hotel Villa Crespi at the beautiful Lago d’Orta.

You can find the Michelin guide’s other suggestions here.

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Milan in one day – the best shopping route with a side of culture (Brera).

For those of you who are only in town for a short visit we have made a mini route where you get all the best Milan has to offer in terms of both shopping, food, architecture and culture. For our first express shopping route we have chosen the area from Piazza Gae Aulenti to Piazza della Scala, from the new and modern to the old and traditional.

  • Start on Piazza Gae Aulenti; Milan’s newest area, where you should see “Bosco verticale (the vertical forest))
  • On the piazza you find the famous Muji,
  • Grom ice cream,
  • Replay store with Italian denim and a nice bar where you can have your morning coffee,
  • and Illy café – the world’s best espresso.
  •  Located under the square is the supermarket Esselunga if you want to shop for specialties.
  • From there continue down Corso Como and check out the famous design store and art gallery at no. 10 – good place for lunch.
  • at the end of Corso Como turn left and check out High Tech with all you can desire for your home and on the square (Piazza XXV Aprile) is food temple Eataly
  • Continue into the Brera area (Via Solferino, Via San Marco and Corso Garibaldi) which is the old artistic neighbourhood of Milan with lots of quirky and chic stores and galleries.
  • If you’re here on either a Monday or a Thursday it is worth your while to visit the open air market in Via San Marco.
  • Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera for a shot of culture.
  • The area is rich on places for lunch and a great aperitivo
  • Continue down to Piazza della Scala with Milan’s famous Scala theater.

 

If you still have energy and time to spare you are now directly behind Piazza Duomo just walk thorugh the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele which links Piazza della Scala and Piazza Duomo and you have Milan’s cathedral right in front of you.

Now you are probably starving and you are close to several good restaurants e.g. Langosteria Cafè,4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) excellent seafood €€€, Piz, 34, Via Torino (find n map) genuine Neapolitan pizza €, I 12 Gatti,11/12, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on the corner of Piazza della Scala (find on map) with a fantasic terrace on the top of Milan €€ and Mama Burger,18, Via Agnello (find on map) good quality burgers €.

Enjoy your perfect day in Milan!

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Good restaurants in Milan.

If you want a gourmet experience, then use the Michelin guide and these amazing alternatives at reasonable prices. We have also selcted the best vegan restaurants in Milan – look for VEGAN in the list.

If you do choose to dine at a restaurant with Michelin stars (1-2) you should expect to spend around €130 per person.

Italian restaurants generally have very high standards and one thing Italians are really into, is quality food. So it’s a good idea to follow the locals around lunch and dinner time.

Food is one of the most important aspects of life in this country; Italians discuss what they’ll have for dinner while they’re having lunch, So if a restaurant has a lot of Italian guests you are sure to eat well.

Besides the names you can find in the Michelin guide we recommend the following places. The price levels are varied – € 20-30, €€ 30-50, €€€ >50 – but note that it isn’t necessary to spend a fortune to eat well.

Langosteria Café 4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) right in the center of the city

Brera.

Garibaldi area

Montenapoleone area.

Porta Romana area.

  • Trattoria Masuelli San Marco 80, Viale Umbria (find on map) €€
  • Lacerba 4, Via Orti (find on map) Seafood. €€
  • Isa e Vane, 1, Via Perugino (find on map) Deli and wine bar (Saturday and Sunday brunch), they have a wonderful courtyard. €€
  • La Cantinetta, 19, Via Ripamonti (find on map) Meat, typical Tuscan food. €€

Duomo/Missori/Cordusio.

  • Giacomo Bistrot, 5, Via Pasquale Sottocorno (find on map) €€
  • Trattoria Milanese 11, Via Santa Marta (find on map) €€
  • Alla Collina Pistoiese 1, Via Amadei  (find on map) €€/€€€
  • Hostaria Borromei 4, Via Borromei  (find on map) €€
  • A Santa Lucia 3, Via San Pietro All’Orto (find on mapt) €€
  • Acqua Pazza 3, Via San Michele al Carso (find on map) €€€
  • San Tomaso 5, Via San Tomaso (find on map) €
  • I 12 Gatti 11/12, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (corner 1, Piazza della Scala)  (find on map), located on top of the Galleria with an amazing view it’s a must-see. €/€€
  • Antica Foccacceria San Francesco 15, Via San Paolo (find on map) genuine Sicilian Food in the heart of Milan. €/€€
  • Langosteria Café, 4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) excellent seafood and service €€€
  • Piz, 34, Via Torino (find on map) Milan’s best Neapolitan Pizza, the menu only features 3 kinds of pizzas but they are absolutely worth the wait. Be prepared for a line but it moves quickly €
  • Cracco, 4, Via Victor Hugo (find on map) 2 star Michelin restaurant. €€€

Parco Sempione area.

  • Terrazza Triennale 6, Viale Emilio Alemagna (find on map) possibly the most amazing view in Milan and incredible food. €€/€€€

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Isola area.

  • Ratanà 28, Via de Castilla (find on map) €€
  • Testina 19, Via Abbadesse (find on map).Typical Milanese cuisine on a high level €/€

Chinatown area (Via Paolo Sarpi)

  • Ottimofiore, 26, Via Bramante (find on map) real Sicilian food €/€€
  • VEGAN Osteria al 55, 55, Via Messina (find on map) €€

Via Savona/Tortona area.

  • Langosteria 10, Via Savona (find on map) €€€
  • Langosteria Bistrot,2, Via Privata Bobbio (find on map) €€€

DeAngeli area.

  • Essenza Ristorante, 34, Via Marghera (find on map) Up-and-coming gourmet restaurant.€€€
  • Antica Pizzeria Leone, 9, Via Carlo Ravizza (find on map)  good Nepolitan pizza. €
  • Pizza Lievità, 11, Via Carlo Ravizza (find on map) good Neapolitan pizza. €

Navigli area.

  • Certe Notti 16, Via Giovanni Enrico Pestalozzi  (find on map) the specialty of the house is “Gnocco Fritto” (appetizer) €/€€
  • Al Pont De Ferr  55, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map) €€€
  • Antica Osteria Del Mare 105, Via Cardinal Ascanio Sforza (find on map) Seafood  €€
  • Temakinho, 37, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map) at the moment one of the hottest restaurants in Milan especially for lunch. €/€€
  • Al Coniglio Bianco, 12, Alzaia Naviglio Grande (find on map) Typical local food from Lombardy. €/€€
  • VEGAN Universo Vegano, 49, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map). €

Sant’Ambrogio area.

  • Carbonaia Mare Via San Vittore (corner of Via Carducci). (find on map) Seafood €€€
  • Bar Magenta, 13, Via Carducci (very close to Leonardo da Vincis vineyard and “The last Supper”) (find on map) €
  • Antica Foccacceria San Francesco 15, Via San Paolo (find on map) genuine Sicilian food in the heart of Milan €/€€
  • Caffè della Pusterla, 22, Via Edmondo de Amicis (find on map) A typical Milanese place, where you can get anything from breakfast to dinner. Fantastic atmosphere. €/€€

Porta Venezia area

  • Mandarin 2, 22A, Via Garofalo (find on map) An unusual combination of Sicilian and Chinese cuisine  €€
  • Rosy e Gabriele 26, Via Giuseppe Sirtori (find on map) €€
  • Mimmo, 34, Via Sirtori ( find on map) €€/€€€
  • VEGAN Joia, 18, Via Panfilo Castaldi (find on map) 1 star Michelin Restaurant,. €€€
  • VEGAN Mantra Raw,21, Via Panfilo Castaldi (find på kort) €/€€
  • VEGAN Alhambra, 17, Via San Gregorio (find on map).€
  • Albufera, 15, Via Lecco (find on map) Tapas and paellas €/€€

Piazza Cinque Giornate area

  • L’sola dei sapori, 10, Via Anfosso (find on map) Excellent Seafood. €€
  • La Taverna, 3, Via Francesco Anzani (find on map) Real Neapolitan Pizza, wonderful €/€€
  • Pizza Lievità, 17, Via Sottocorno (find on map) Good Neapolitan pizza. €

Our most important tip concerning good restaurants: Always book a table!

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Milan with children.

If you’re with your children in Milan then buy 3 day’s access to the civic museums for just €12 an adult (under-18s don’t pay). You can get it online or, easier, at the ticket sale at the first museum you visit. There are lunch ideas mentioned after every museum.

Rent a different bike for the kids at the park.
In the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli (find on map) and Parco Sempione (find on map)you can rent the beautiful originale 3-wheel take bike Alternative Byki from 1959,it costs €5 for 20 minutes.

 

Museo nazionale scienza e tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.
The Leonardo Da Vinci museum is a must for children from age 6 and up. There is enough entertainment to last you several hours on a rainy day.img_6916

The most diversely talented person ever to have lived is painter, inventor etc. Leonardo da Vinci, and Italy’s national technical museum, located in Milan, is also his official museum. It combines the chance to actually try out some of his inventions with the more traditional exhibitions.

Ideas for lunch. Eat some pizza or foccacia on the square in front of the musum, Buy it here:
Panificio Sant’Ambrogio, 3, Via San Vittore (find on map)
Ristoro Monterosso, 11, Via San Vittore (find on map)

Museo di Storia naturale – Dinosaurs and other monsters

Museo di Storia Naturale is yet a perfect place for children from age 6 if they like dinosaur skeletons and everything to do with wild beasts. Unfortunately the homepage for the museum is only in Italian and rather dry but the museum itself is excellent.

 

2015-07-19 16.35.55It’s located in a great park with a wooden jungle gym and a really cozy outdoor café, BAR BIANCO where you can get coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt, soft drinks and lunch. The park also houses a genuine old-fashioned merry-go-round, a little train and bumper cars for very young kids.


Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

The city cathedral is very impressive on the outside and rather gloomy on the inside. You should spend your time visiting the roof which has an extraordinary view of the whole city and when the weather is clear you can see the Alps in the background. Either take the elevator up or get a fun experience walking all the way up the crooked old stone staircase

You can go get lunch at either Luini (find on map) or Mama Burger (find on map) – both good cheap lunch places.


Castello Sforzesco

The city’s impressive medieval castle Castello Sforzesco where you can choose to just walk right through the beautiful courtyards to the Sempione park, which contains playgrounds and ample lawns where you can have your sandwiches, you can eat at Bar Bianco (find on map) 2015-06-05 21.06.32or try the incredibly vast choice of sandwiches at the kiosk on Piazza Castello  left of the fountain when coming from Piazza Cairoli.

 

On the other side of the park you find the entrance to the design museum Triennale di Milano.

But you could also visit the inside of the castle, where there are various art museums, displaying historical weapons, paintings, musical instruments and furniture. Especially the weapons tend to appeal to kids.

Take a trip on the tram.IMG_7257

It’s really kind of awesome and cheap entertainment at €1,50 for adults (it’s a regular ticket for public transport and children under 11 don’t pay when accompanied by an adult, every adult with a valid ticket can bring 2 children under 11). Milan has old, very elegant trams that were built between 1928 and 1932. Remember to purchase the ticket before you get on the tram. You can get them at newsstands (edicole) and some bars.

If you are up to it, you can now get bikesharing bikes for kids at the weekend. Read about the new BikeMi Junior here.

If you are here between the months of June and September there are public swimmingpools in Milan. Read more here.

Check also our post on classic sightseeing here. Milan offers canal tours and double-deckers.

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Insider tip no. 8: 360° degree view over Milan.

If you want a fun experience and a view of Milan that takes your breath away (don’t worry you won’t have to walk all the way up there is an elevator) then you have to go up in the Torre Branca.

IMG_8188Right next to the museum Triennale di Milano is the 108 m tall Torre Branca which was designed by architect Gio Ponti in 1933. From its top you have a  360° panorama over the whole city. If there are strong winds or the weather is bad they are closed. It costs € 5,00 per person.

 

 

 

 

 

You could combine your vist with a visit to the Triennale museum and maybe even have lunch at the museum’s restaurant Terrazza Triennale. Or you could take a walk through the park and visit the Castello Sforzesco.

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NY Times: Milan is the city to visit in 2015 (and still is).

If you are traveling anywhere this year, then Milan is the number one place to go. This is the advice of one of the world’s most respected newspapers; The New York Times, which has published a list of the 52 places in the world you ought to visit in i 2015.

You could expect that Rome Venice or Florence would be among the top cities to visit in Italy but the NY Times has included only Milan and Rome on the list. And Milan is an impressive no. 1 whereas Rome only makes a no. 48 out of a total of the total 52 that have been chosen.

Milan is expecting 20m visitors for the world’s fair EXPO 2015, where 130 countries will exhibit in over 60 pavilions and the newspaper also mentions that the EXPO themes, very suitably for Italy, are food and sustainability.

But it isn’t just EXPO that qualifies Milan as a great travel destination. The NY Times mentions the extensive works of urban restructuring that have taken place in Milan in e.g. the Darsena area and around the historical canals of the city.

The newspaper highlights Italian cuisine and mentions restaurants as U Barba and Lievito Madre and praises the upscale hotels in Milan as Mandarin Oriental Milan, which is opening next year

Obviously we were already aware of all this here at appsolutelymilano, but it sure is nice to see that such a respectable newspaper has noticed the delights of Milan.

When in Milan drink locally, DOCG wines from Lombardy.

When visiting Milan you should be drinking the local wine from Lombardy, which are part of the culinary tradition in the area. Lombardy has five DOCG (di origine controllata garantita – guaranteed and controlled origin) wines and we want to introduce them to you and give you some ideas of what kind of food each of them is good with and what to buy home from your trip. Our wine expert, certified sommelier Luisa Benetti has been an invaluable help here.

A fantastic place for tasting wine in Milan is the historical winebar and -shop Cantine Isola located in Milan’s Chinatown at 30, Via Paolo Sarpi (find on map)

1. Franciacorta spumante, classical method.
As the first Lombard DOCG wine we have chosen the very sophisticated white (or maybe even rosé) sparkling wine, a DOCG spumante. classical method – also known as the Champenoise Method that is produced in Franciacorta (Lombardy, province of Brescia).

There are numerous quality wine producers, just to mention some of the most importantVisit the offical Franciacorta websiteones: Barone Pizzini, Bellavista, Berlucchi, Ca’ del Bosco, Contadi Castaldi, Il Mosnel, Monte Rossa.

“Sparkling wine is a versatile wine that can be drunk with most typical Lombard dishes e.g. risotto with saffron and ossobuco, cold cuts and, obviously, seafood but it is actually also outstanding with pizza.” says sommelier Luisa Benetti.

 

Some suggestions for those of you, who want to buy wine to take home.

€€€€ (over €100)

Franciacorta Rosé Riserva Cuvée Annamaria Clementi  (pinot nero) – Ca’ del Bosco

Franciacorta Vittorio Moretti 2004 Limited Edition Teatro alla Scala  (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Bellavista

€€€ (€40-100)

Franciacorta Cabochon Brut (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Monte Rossa

Franciacorta Pas Dosé  Riserva Bagnadore (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Barone Pizzini

€€ (€20-40)

Franciacorta Satèn (chardonnay) –  Il Mosnel

Franciacorta Alma Cuvée Brut (pinot nero – chardonnay – pinot bianco) – Bellavista

Franciacorta Pas Dosé Cellarius (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Berlucchi

€ (€10-20)

Franciacorta Rosé (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Contadi Castaldi

 Franciacorta Official Sparkling Wine Sponsor at EXPO

2. Sforzato di Valtellina.
Our next wine is a red wine and
if you like a robust and intensely scented red valtellina7wine with a deep red glow  you need to try out the Sforzato di Valtellina (or Sfursàt as it’s called in the local dialect in the province of Sondrio). This wine comes from the mountains where the so-called heroic viticulture has produced a very interesting DOCG, A wine produced of Nebbiolo grapes, that have first been let to wither , which may sound a little negative, but which results in a very robust wine, locally it is called Chiavennasca.

“Lo Sfursàt is a robust and elegant win, which is aged in wooden barrels. It goes well with strong tasting meat dishes or aged cheese. But you can just as easily enjoy a glass after dinner” says Luisa..

valtellina4Some of the best known producers are: Assoviuno, Bettini, Caven, Fay, Mamete Prevostini, Nera, Nino Negri, Plozza, Rainoldi, Triacca.

 

 

 

Some suggestions for those of you, who want to buy wine to take home.

€€€ (€40-50)

 Nino Negri Sforzato di Valtellina – Sfursat 5 stelle 2011

Bettini – Sfursat di Valtellina 2011

€€ (€25-40)

Fay – Sforzato di Valtellina, Ronco del Picchio 2010

Assoviuno – Sforzato di Valtellina, San Bello 2008

Rainoldi – Sfursat di Valtellina  2010

Triacca – Sforzato di Valtellina, San Domenico 2010

3. Oltrpò Pavese, classical method.
Our third DOCG wine comes from the area south of Milan in the hills in the province of Pavia and is another sparkling wine this time . Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico DOCG (Champenoise Method). 

The main vine variety used is pinot nero which was brought here from France in the second half of the 19th century.

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Our expert sommelier Luisa Benetti says:”This bubbly wine is suitable for vegetarian and vegan dishes e.g. risotto with strawberries or a more traditional pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans). But it’s perfect for an aperitivo with appetizers as well.”

Some producers: Anteo,  Cà di Frara, Castello di Cigognola, Conte Vistarino, Giorgi, Montagna , Picchi, Podere San Giorgio, Tenuta il Bosco,
Torrevilla, Travaglino, Vigne Olcru

Some suggestions for those of you who want to buy some of this wonderful wine

€€ (€30)

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Brut Rosé Victoria 2008 (pinot nero) – Vigne Olcru

€ (€18-21)

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero Pas Dosé ‘more rosé 2011 (pinot nero) – Castello di Cigognola

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Cruasé (pinot nero) – Anteo

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero Conte Vistarino 1865  – 2008 (pinot nero e chardonnay) – Conte Vistarino

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero brut nature 2010 (pinot nero) – Picchi

For more information visit the official website.

4. Valtellina Superiore DOCG.
For the fourth DOCG wine we return to the mountains in the province of Sondrio where we find a close relative to the Sforzato, an important red wine, the Valtellina Superiore DOCG.

vlatellina superiore 1It comes from the same vine variety the Nebbiolo, locally called Chiavennasca, from the same valley and the same heroic viticulture as the Sforzato and the Valtellina Superiore is also aged in barrels But an important difference is that the grapes aren’t left to wither.

If the label says ‘Riserva’ it means that it has been aged for at least three years..

 

Luisa Benetti, our sommelier and wine expert recommends the following five Cru: valtellina superiore 6Grumello – Inferno – Sassella – Valgella – Maroggia.

“The Valtellina Superiore is intense and smooth and goes well with pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese or a dish of meat and porcino mushrooms.” Luisa says.

Some of the most important producers are: AR.PE.PE, Bettini, Caven, Fay, Mamete Prevostini, Nera, Nino Negri, Plozza, Rainoldi, Triacca

Here are some suggestions if you want to take some Valtellina Superiore home:

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Valtellina Superiore La Botte Ventitre’ 2002 – Bettini

Valtellina Superiore Inferno Riserva Fiamme Antiche 2010 – AR.PE.PE.

Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva 2009 – Rainoldi

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Valtellina Superiore Sassella San Lorenzo 2011 – Mamete Prevostini

Valtellina Superiore Riserva Signorie 2007 – Nera

Valtellina Superiore Inferno Carlo Negri  2011 – Nino Negri

5. Moscato di Scanzo.
Like any self-respecting  chef would we finish off with the dessert wine, the smallest DOCG in Italy, a real gem; the Moscato di Scanzo, a sweet red passito wine.

Scanzo is a small municipality in the province of Bergamo, its Moscato is a native Italian vine with an ancient history, the grapes are sun-dried for moscato di scanzo 2several weeks and the wine is aged for at least two years.

“The result,” says our wine expert, sommelier Luisa Benetti,”is a sweet wine that you can drink either with a chocolate tart or Marrons glacés – in Milan the most famous ones are from the Pasticceria Galli (find on map)”

Here are some ideas in case you want to buy some to take home:

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Locatelli Caffi – Moscato di Scanzo 2011

De Toma – Moscato di Scanzo 2011

Il Cipresso – Moscato di Scanzo Serafino 2010

La Brugherata – Moscato di Scanzo Doge 2011

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The best known producers are
Biava – Cascina del Francès – Cerri – De Toma – Il Cipresso – La Brugherata -Locatelli Caffi

 

For further information visit this website.

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Shopping guide: the 6 areas in Milan.

Milan is big, but we have chosen the 6 areas that are the most interesting. For every area we’ll give you tips on good lunch restaurants, good cafés and the shops that are worth coming after.

 1. Corso Garibaldi /Via Moscova /Via Solferino/ Heart of Brera / Corso Como

#DifferentlyInteresting (Find on map)

imageIn the photo you see Milan’s brand new neighbourhood Porta Nuova, you also find the famous “Bosco Verticale” (vertical forest)  behind Piazza Gae Aulenti. You must absolutely visit HightechCargo, a great store with furniture and objects for your home. In the rest of this area you find the quaint, trendy boutiques with the up-and-coming young designers where you can find cool, unique stuff.

 

  • Shops: at 1, Piazza San Marco is the world’s best men’s shoes shop – Iliprandi (find on map). Thursdays there’s a characteristic open air market here with fruit, vegetables and clothes.
    #roundTheCorner Joost 2, Via Verdi (find on map) great design for both her and him.
  • Via Solferino is a treasure trove of amazing, original boutiques (find on map), check out the unique clothes store Goods at 2, Via Castelfidardo (find on map) the concept is exclusivity, they sell their own range of silk shirts but also have other brands from France and Spain and they also have bags and shoes but they only have 3 sizes of each item in each colour and they don’t restock them but offer new items once they’ve sold the older ones, they also don’t do traditional sales but have regular discount days, the jewellery is also unique: 1 piece of each so you’ll never run into anyone with the same pair of earrings as you  High tech Cargo (find on map) is on Piazza XXV Aprile , where you’ll also find foodie paradise Eataly, which is housed in the converted Teatro Smeraldo. Here you can get regional specialties from small producers that you can take home with you, it is also a fantastic place to eat or just have coffee with pastries. If you want delicacies to take home with you try also in the brand new Esselunga supermaket situated beneath Piazza Gae Aulenti. From here you continue down super chic Corso Como – with the shop 10 Corso Como, which also houses the art gallery Galleria Carla Sozzani #LuxuryAndBeauty – which leads you into Milan’s brand new area Porta Nuova.
    Fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni @theblondesalad opens her new store on July 26th in Via Capelli, the short stretch between Corso Como and Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map) #ChiaraFerragniCollection #ChiaraFerragniShoes.
    #RoundTheCorner you find the great laboratory and shop Arzigogolo, that makes very beautiful and original necklaces, earrings and textile bags at surprisingly affordable prices, it’s at 11, Via Maroncelli (find on map).

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  • Coffee:: Panarello, 52, Via della Moscova, great pastry!! (find on map), at the same address you also find Pattini and and 50 meters from there in the direction of Corso Como there is Radetzky with outdoor couches (find on map).
  • Lunch:: Here is the very original Tramè, Piazza San Sempliciano 7 (find on map), where they prepare classical Venetian sandwiches, the place is cosy and the choice is great
    We also recommend  Fioraio Bianchi Caffè  7, Via Montebello.
    In 12, Corso Garibaldi you can get organic burgers at Baobab (find on map)
    Then there is Via Palermo a street packed with interesting eateries (find on map)
    Panini Durini, 4, Piazza Gae Aulenti  (find on map) super delicious sandwiches and coffee to-go, please note that it is situated below the square itself next to the Esselunga supermarket.
    You can get delicious to-go sandwiches and ready meals at Rossi e Grassi in 4, Via Ponte Vetero (find on map)
    10 Corso Como Cozy courtyard, with good lunch.
    Pizzeria di Porta Garibaldi, 6, Corso Como (find on map).
    Temakinho  53, Corso Garibaldi (find on map)

    Il Forno di Brera, 5, Via Solferino (find on map)  although is technically “just” a bakery, they have lots of delicious dishes and pasta that you can eat either inside at the tables or outside on the comfortable benches. Of course they also have great pizza and foccaccia
    Panini Durini, 24, Via Mercato (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    Café Gorille, 20, Via Gaetano de Castillia (find on map) a really cosy and beautiful café which is rich on atmosphere.
    Italian ice cream: Grom, Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map) good concept and excellent icecream.

    Rivareno, 20, Via Mercato (find on map) – absolutely fabulous ice cream made with only fresh, natural ingredients and sweetened with cane sugar.

 

2. Via Montenapoleone

#luxuryAndBeauty (Find on map)

2015-02-13 13.45.46The famous fashion quadrangle Quadrilatero della moda, which has its name after the four streets it is enclosed by: Via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. #LuxuryAndBeauty is really worth a trip, this is genuine old Milan and even though you may not be planning to go shopping here – go anyway and see it. Many of the boutiques are entire fashion shows in themselves.

  • Shops:Here you’ll find them all; Armani, D&G, Dior,  Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Valentino, Prada, Versace, Cavalli, Missoni, Hermès, Burberry, Kartell, Alessi, Comptoir des Cottoniers, Trussardi , Paul Smith, (the last 5 are in Via Manzoni)
  • Coffee: While you’re here go and enjoy coffee at the charming Pastry shop Cova, 8, Via Montenapoleone with courtyard.
    Pastry shop Marchesi (find on map) one of Milan’s oldest pastry shops has opened a new shop here in 9, Via Montenapoleone.
  • Lunch: GB Bar, 2, Via Agnello (find on map)
    Another exclusive and very cosy restaurant in this area is Il Salumaio di Via Montenapoleone at 10, Via Santo Spirito (find on map) – this is also a great place to have a coffee break.
    Brek good self service restaurant with reasonable prices,1, Piazzetta U. Giordano  (find on map)
    Princi Bakery, Corso Venezia 21 (find on map) in principle this is a bakery but they prepare delicious lunch dishes: pasta, risotto and salads. Go early (before 12.30) because the place is normally packed!!
    Panini Durini, 26, Via Durini (find on map), small place but they make absolutely delicious sandwiches, soups, salads AND they’ve got incredible coffee (also to go) and cakes.

3.  Via Torino/PortaTicinese/Corso Genova

#TheAlternativeHighStreet (Find on map)

  • Shops: From Piazza Duomo you turn down
    Via Torino with lots of sports shops, street wear and Japanese Muji  (find on map). Victoria’a secret has opened recently in 14, Via Torino (find on map
    #roundTheCorner : Via San Maurilio and Via Santa Marta with little boutiques. (find on map) eg Funky Table, 19, Via San Maurilio.image
    #roundTheCorner: Via Giacomo Mora (find on map) where there are vintage shops and the shop Tessuti Mimma Gini with fabrics and various objects for your home, and Cavalli e Nastri one of Milan’s oldest vintage boutiques. In this street you also find Groupies Vintage and Lisa Corti #roundTheCorner who sells colourful tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets for you couch, ceramics and clothes.

    #roundTheCorner  Corso di Porta Ticinese – street wear (great for teenagers), alternative design, vintage boutiques, this is a place where the Milanese themselves go browsing.
    #roundTheCorner  Via Cesare Correnti an exciting area with various shops e.g. Joost. (find on map) great design for both her and him.This tour ends in Viale Papiniano,where there is a great open air market on Tuesdays 7.30 a.m.-1 p.m.and Saturdays 7.30 a.m.-5 p.m..IMG_8311
  • Coffee:
    B Café, 20, Via Santa Marta.
    Caffè della Pusterla, 22, Via Edmondo de Amicis  – great atmosphere (find on map).
    Pastry shop Marchesi (find on map) one of Milan’s oldest pastry shops located in 11/a, Via Santa Maria alla Porta .
  • Lunch: Visit foodie temple Peck, (find on map)  Milan’s no. 1 delicatessen and get an amazing lunch.
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    Here you can enjoy a slice of pizza or foccacia.

    Then there is Fratelli La Bufala, 16, Corso di Porta Cinese  (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 1, Corso di Porta Ticinese  – quality sandwiches. (Find on map)
    Delicious Southern Italian street food at Slow Sud, 4, Via delle Asole (find on map)
    In Via Giacomo Mora (find on map) there are also a couple of cosy places for lunch.
    For tasty vegetarian food check out La Vecchia Latteria, 6, Via dell’Unione (find on map).
    Italian ice cream:: Grom, 51, Corso di Porta Ticinese  (find on map) good concept and excellent ice cream.



4. San Babila/Corso Vittorio Emanuele
#TheHighStreetInItalian – (Find on map)

IMG_6482In this area you are the easy prey for street vendors who will try to make you buy books, bracelets and other stuff. They are really nice but once you start talking to them you won’t get away until you buy something. Ignore them, they’ll try to make you take a bracelet saying it’s a gift – DON’T TAKE IT (unless, of course, you want to buy it)!

 

 

 

 

 

We are in the center of the city and here you find for example:

  • The regular High Street shops i.e. Brian & Barry – department store with an Eataly department. Boggi (great outfits for him), Diesel,  Max & Co, Max Mara, Liu Jo,Sephora, Banana Republic, GAP, Intimissimi, Calzedonia, Yamamay,  Kiko, La Rinascente – department store, Sisley, Guess, Swatch, Footlocker, Benetton,  H&M, COS, … And Other Stories and Zara.
    #roundTheCorner you find luxury department store Excelsior (4, Galleria del Corso – find on map), and the outlet  Diffusione Tessile (if you’re into Max Mara ,Max & Co), very cheap compared with their official shops, it is in 6, Galleria San Carlo). (Find on map)
    The beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (find on map) with shops Stefanel, Prada, Borsellini, Gucci, Louis Vuitton
    Between our areas 4 and 2 you find Abercrombie & Fitch on the corner of Corso Matteotti, where you can find other really great shops, a favourite of ours is Moroni Gomma.
  • Lunch; Luini (they make Panzerotti – a kind of mini calzone either fried or baked, there’s normally a very long queue, but it’s very well organizedand fast and more importantly; it’s worth the wait, you can eat it picnic style on Piazza San Fedele (right behind – find on map), where you can enjoy coffee afterwards in the brand new Lavazza Store.
    There’s also the Italian version of burgers Mama Burger (find on map).
    Il Mercato del Duomo (food market, bistrot and restaurant with an incredible view over Piazza Duomo).
    If you want to see and be seen there are lots of outdoor places on Corso Vittorio Emanuele itself, Italians don’t go here, they are typical tourist traps.
    Worth mentioning is also  Fratelli La Bufala, 8, Galleria San Carlo  (find on map). On the same square you have Gino Sorbillo Neapolitan pizza in Milan.
    Inside the Museo del Novecento right at Piazza Duomo you find the exclusive Giacomo Arengario with a view on the Duomo
    Crocetta, 5, Piazza Diaz (find on map) with excellent sandwiches, salads and first courses.
    Panini Durini, 4, Via Mengoni (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    On the top floor of department store La Rinascente there are several restaurants, a food market and the most amazing view over Piazza del Duomo and the city.
  • Coffee:: Try out the delicious coffee with whipped cream at San Carlo al Corso, on Piazza San Carlo (find on map) or sip it at the exclusive Gucci Café halfway in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (find on map).
    Lavazza Store on Piazza San Fedele (find on map).

 

5. Corso Buenos Aires with adjoining streets

#theYouthfulHighStreet (Find on map)

  • Shops: H&M, Zara, Conipel, Benetton, Stefanel, Pepe Jeans,  Kiko (affordable makeup), JDC, Guess kids, Vergelio sko, Bata shoes,  Levis, Antony Morato, Geox , Elena Miro, Freddy, Furla, Desigual, Intimissimi Lingeri, Liu-Jo, Camicissima (shirts for him & her), Celio (for him), Havaianas, Tezenis Lingeri, bassetti (home innovation), Du Pareil (kids’ clothes). OVS (Italian low-cost clothing) have opened their so far biggest store in 21, Corso Buenos Aires
    The biggest and first shop in the Japanese chain Muji, to have opened in Milan.

    #roundTheCorner -Lisa Corti

    #roundTheCorner -Lisa Corti

    In adjoining Via Lecco no. 2  (find on map) you find Lisa Corti #roundTheCorner who sells colourful tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets for you couch, ceramics and clothes.
    Viale Tunisia  Carpediem shop.

  • Lunch:
    MINT Garden café, 12, Via Felice Casati  (find on map) Really delicious lunch and brunch place.
    Pizzeria Spontini, 4, Via Gaspare Spontini (find on map)

    Paninoteca, Galleria Corso Buenos Aires (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 3, Via Malpighi  – quality sandwiches (find på kort)
    Capatoast, 4, Corso Buenos Aires – a delicious new concept 30 different toasts including vegetarian and vegan ones. (find on map).
    Pavé, 27, Via Felice Casati (find on map) – delicious lunch and great coffee.
  • Coffee:
    you could probably do with a break from the crowds on Corso Buenos Aires, so go into Indro Montanelli Public Gardens and have a coffee break at Bar Bianco (find om map); or go to  Panarello,  famous for their pastries (find on map)
  • Italian ice cream:
    Grom, 13, Corso Buenos Aires  (find on map) or 6, Piazza Argentina (find on map) good concept and excellent ice cream.
    Pavé Ice cream, 21, Via Cesare Battisti (find on map), fantastic homemade ice cream.

6. Corso Vercelli

#elegantAvenue  (Find on map)

This area is actually a shopping-route. Start at Via Marghera – via Belfiori – Corso Vercelli – Corso Magenta with a detour to Via Vicenzo Monti and a cultural break to “The Last Supper” (you have to book tickets phone number +39 02 92800360) another must-see is art gallery/design store Spazio Rossana Orlandi at 14/16, Via Matteo Bandello which is just a little out of the way but so worth visiing.

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  • Shops: #roundTheCorner in 5, Via Luigi Sacco (find on map) and 2, Via Ravizza (find on mapIo & Meg different jewellery and clothes.
    Via Marghera here you find several shoe shops and varied clothes shops, outlets. OVS clothes shop H&M style.
    #roundTheCorner  Details, 8, Piazza Piemonte, with great shoes and original clothes design at affordable prices.(find on map)
    Via Belfiore (find on map) fantastic hardware store, Lo Sfizio clothes, Subdued,
    in Corso Vercelli you find department store Coin with medium prices, Boggi (stylish outfits for him), Comptoir des Cottoniers, Max & Co, Gallo  if you’re into quality and stripes, Furla handbags and wallets, BRIAN & BARRY, Intimissimi Gemelli luxury and quality, Sephora makeup, ZARA home, Trussardi, Danza, Zadiq & Voltaire plus Swarovski, Songes, Carré Dartistes. Victoria’a secret, 20, Corso Vercelli (find on map)
  • Coffee: Biffi pastry shop: Have coffee or #aperitivo old Milan style or try it in the small coffee shop at 36, Corso Vercelli , where you drink coffee while enjoying the smell of freshly ground coffee beans, and you can buy some for your espresso machine at home.
  • Lunch: Ham Holy Burger, 34, Via Marghera (find on map) great burgers,
    Pizzeria da Gino,9, Corso Vercelli (find on map) Standing lunch with good pizza and ready meals.
    Then there is Fratelli La Bufala, 13, Via Cima Rosa (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 8, Via Cherubini (find on map) quality sandwiches.
    Rosticceria Gallo, 8, Corso Vercelli a deli and restaurant for foodies that has delicious ready-to-go meals (find on map)
    Fru.Eat on Piazzale Baracca (find on map) – lunch based on fruit and vegetables.
    Panini Durini,7, Via Buonarotti (find on map) delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    Panini Durini, 31, Corso Magenta (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
  • Italian ice cream Grom, 1a, Via Alberto da Giussano (find on map) Good concept and excellent ice cream.

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Insider tip no. 13: Ferragosto (August 15th) 2017 in Milan.

Ferragosto is a very important holiday in Italy, shops are closed and it can be difficult to find a table at a restaurant unless you book because, although it is true that most Italians tradtionally go away on vacation in August, more and more people choose other periods and today Milan is no longer completely empty. Ferragosto is a religious holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. According to Italians it is also the hottest day of the year and is celebrated with lots of good food and wine. Below is a list of things taking place on and around August 15th.

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Milan’s newest street food area Allo Scalo at 2, Via Valenza 2 (find on map) is open all evening on the 15th from 5 pm, they’ve got good food and activities for children.

August 15th 9.30 pm there is classical Italian ballroom dancing for everyone with a live 10-man orchestra and dance floor. Come and join the fun in Piazza Castello (find on map).

August 15th from 3-11 pm live music and activities for kids in Piazza Cannone between Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione (find on map).

August 15th from 9 pm there is a free Ferragosto Reggae Summer Party at Carroponte (find on map).

August 15th 10 am-8pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map)) with live music by Barabba Gulasch and free watermelon at 6.30 pm – the price is €18 for the entire day and €12 for the afternoon (after 2 pm).

All the city’s other outdoor swimming pools are open on August 15th, read more about them here.

You can visit all the city’s civic museums free of charge on August 15th. Find out where they are here.

August 15th at 8.30 Milan’s Sympnonic Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi performs a concert of Argentinian music in the Milan auditorium in Largo Gustav Mahler (find on map), get tickets to the concert “Una Noche en Buenos Aires” here.

August 15th 3 pm-3 am and August 16th 7 pm-3 am Beer Festival at Circolo Magnolia at 14, Via Circonvallazione Idroscalo (find on map).

On August 13th, 14th and 15th in the Navigli area of Milan (find on map) you can go on the canal boat trips but you must book your seat by August 12th 5 p.m. (read more here).

Book a table at Milan’s restaurants well in advance of August 15th because everybody wants to eat out on that day. Check out our recommendations here.

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