Zona Tor­tona

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This once in­dus­trial waste­land has risen from its ashes into a Salone high­light and a shop n’ p-art-y playpen for edgy hi­panistas. Note: be­fore climb­ing the stairs to Tor­tona, you’re per­fectly poised for a skip down Via Vigevano and a Nav­igli canal tour (see V. Use­ful).

Have your taxi drop you off at Via Tor­tona, 12. Nip into the court­yard and you’ll face a row of doors. Try avant­garde eatery Soho / 02 8356706 / right in front of you, or Home-Made / 02 8356706 / home-made.it / is the se­cond door from the left, an airy de­signer furny show­room­cum-resto for fresh Ital­ian flaves. (Or take M: Gen­ova, come out into Pi­az­zale Stazione Gen­ova and head straight, keep­ing the rail­way sta­tion on your left, af­ter which are some green stairs on the left, cross­ing the rail­way tracks. Climb them, then turn left onto Via Tor­tona to join Home-Made). Re­plete, glide back out, not­ing ageold gar­den diner Os­te­ria del Bi­nari op­po­site at #1 / 02 89406753 / for din­ner later, then cross over to de­sign your own bright ‘O’ bag or watch at Fullspot at #12 / 347 8364680. Exit right to con­tinue down the road to Melody Maker at #5 / 02 36554999 / on the left for street cred threads (m/w). Pot­ter down a minute fur­ther and swing left into Via For­cella, skip like a pixie through the iron gates at the bot­tom at #7 and once in, turn right – glama­zon out­let DMagazine (see Dis­count De­signer) is the last build­ing on the right. Push on past #6 Magna Pars Suites (see Ac­com.), turn­ing right into Bu­gatti for a crafty gar­gle and bocce pit­stop at Morna (see Wine Bars), then march on down Tor­tona till you reach Via Ber­gognone, where Giorgio, Ermenegildo and friends have HQs within a twoblock ra­dius, and which ac­counts for the pro­lif­er­a­tion of leggy mod­els strut­ting along this stark, in­dus­trial strip. Lab­o­ra­tori Scala An­saldo (see Ac­tiv­i­ties) is on the right cnr, and on the left, check out art spa­ces and Salone cen­tre­points My Own Gallery and Su­per­stu­dio Più / 02 422501 / su­per­stu­dio­group.com / at #27. Gal­lop straight ahead on Tor­tona for the un­apolo­get­i­cally hip Nhow ho­tel at #35 / 02 4898861 / for bev­er­ages among the raily bods com­ing from fit­tings, or take the next right into Via Stend­hal to ruby sip box Gi­bil­terra at #30 / 02 425888. Exit right and turn right again into Via Savona to find the sleek Fiore at #59 / 02 48955382 / which does del­ish risot­tos, or trot fur­ther down to #50 Al Fresco (see Rest./Smart) with its lovely gar­den and feel-good fare. Push­ing on yet more you’ll spy #17 121+ Li­bre­ria ex Tem­po­ranea / 02 36584119 / with beaut art, de­sign, archi and food tomes for the whole fam. Fur­ther along at #11 is cre­ative hang De­sign Li­brary com­plete with a neat café / 02 89421225. Op­po­site is Papel at #12 / 02 89429293 / a gallery and book­store spe­cial­is­ing in print­ing and il­lus­tra­tion, and class­room-cool Si­cil­ian bites are yours at #10 Lan­gos­te­ria 10 / 02 58111649. Now, if you’ve made an ap­point­ment with the sock-knock­ing Giorgio Vigna (see Ad­vanced Shop.), turn right at the in­ter­sec­tion with Tor­tona and hop into #4, if not, keep go­ing up Savona for vi­o­let hour drink-lets at buzzy Frog Café #2 / 02 58110312. Bravo, Beppe!

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