Delights are never enough by Stefania Vida
For connoisseurs of good food, Milan is a real temple of taste. Whether you’re looking to purchase, taste or give as a gift, gourmands in search of culinary variety will be spoilt for choice. Buon Appetito!
Downtown Milan offers an array of historic boutiques brimming over with culinary delights, a real piece of Milanese history. A unique opportunity to lose yourself amidst the atmosphere of this city. Here is a selection of the best gourmet shopping stops in Milan.
Pasticceria Cova in via Montenapoleone is one of those places whose appellation ‘historic venue’ is fully justified. A cult destination for gourmands since 1817, it has had the singular honour of being mentioned by name and, what’s more, several times, in the works of Ernest Hemingway, who loved its atmosphere and delicacies. www.pasticceriacova.com
Pralines and homemade pastries, biscuits and panettone, “veneziana”, chocolates, sweets and over thirty different types of cream cakes, cannoncini and éclairs... Pasticceria Marchesi in via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11/a still retains its original early nineteenth century atmosphere and has a counter at which you can drink a cup of coffee accompanied by tiny, mouth watering treats. www.pasticceriamarchesi.it
Since 1911, pastry shop and chocolatier Giovanni Galli has specialized in the artisanal production and sale of marron glacés, Boeri chocolate covered cherries, pralines and almond paste. www.giovannigalli.com
Zàini, the historic Milanese chocolate factory, is a timeless location near Corso Como decked out with period furniture and a counter at which customers can savour authentic cakes, hot chocolate laced with violet flowers or rose buds, sweet treats and bread and chocolate. The ideal place to taste and buy some of the best chocolate in town.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME Try a “panzerotto” at Luini's, a pocket of pizza crust stuffed with all sorts of ingredients, including the basic mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. A Milanese institution since 1940, just a stone’s throw from the Duomo and la Rinascente. You will recognize it by the crowds queuing up on the pavement! www.luini.it