THE IN­SID­ERS MILAN

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - GIO­VANNI PAR­ADISO RESTAU­RA­TEUR

GO: Milan is a city I re­turn to of­ten be­cause it has a real sense of grace. Win­ter is my favourite time; the greys are melan­cholic and beau­ti­ful. It’s a place for walk­ing — in a fash­ion­able over­coat, of course — and a city you can dis­ap­pear into; about­mi­lan.com.

EX­PLORE: One of my favourite spots is San Mau­r­izio al Monas­tero Mag­giore, a church on Corso Ma­genta that has fab­u­lous fres­coes. I like to walk from the his­tor­i­cal dis­trict of Br­era through Pi­azza Gae Au­lenti into the funky area of Isola. I’m also fond of Corso Buenos Aires, in the north­east; it’s a long high street with a real mix of peo­ple, from “grannies to tran­nies”.

DIS­COVER: Find time to visit the gallery up­stairs at 10 Corso Como, which ex­hibits the work of great fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phers. And check out Han­garBic­occa, a con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum housed in an old Pirelli fac­tory, which has a fan­tas­tic per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion by Anselm Kiefer; 10cor­so­como.com; han­garbic­occa.org/en.

EAT: I like go­ing to Ge­la­te­ria Solferino on Via Solferino be­cause it’s been there for­ever and is fam­ily run, which is un­usual in the age of ice-cream chains. Chi­na­town, on and around Via Paolo Sarpi, has good food; look out for Chi­nese ravi­oli. Man­giari di Strada is a great out­let for street-food dishes. Rovello 18, on Via Tivoli, of­fers solid sea­sonal Pied­mon­tese cook­ing and one of the best wine lists in the city. For pizza by the slice try Spon­tini; the only of­fer­ing is margherita and it’s thick and oily. Luini, near Milan Cathe­dral, does the best fried panze­rotti filled with moz­zarella and it’s in­ex­pen­sive; man­gia­ridistrada.com; pizze­ri­aspon­tini.it; luini.it.

TRY: Go for cof­fee to March­esi at the in­ter­sec­tion of Via Mer­av­igli and Corso Ma­genta. And there’s good drink­ing at the clas­sic Bar Basso, which serves gi­gan­tic Ne­gro­nis; bar­basso.com.

BUY: The best fash­ion shop­ping is at the flag­ship Rick Owens store on Via Monte di Pi­eta, a bru­tal­ist build­ing, but in a beau­ti­ful way.

STAY: STRAF Ho­tel is very well lo­cated in the cen­tre of the city near Milan Cathe­dral. It’s ul­tra-mod­ern and very chic, with 64 gue­strooms; straf.it

Restau­ra­teur Gio­vanni Par­adiso is co-owner of Fratelli Par­adiso in Potts Point, Sydney, and wine bar 10 Wil­liam St in Padding­ton, as well as cre­ative di­rec­tor of Italo Din­ing & Disco Club. This year Gio­vanni and coown­ers Marco Am­brosino and En­rico Par­adiso are plan­ning to open a venue in Ja­pan. More: fratel­li­par­adiso.com, 10williamst.com.au.

In­sid­ers ed­i­tor:

Gra­ham Erbacher Gra­ham.Erbacher@news.com.au

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