The land­mark restau­rant

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Ris­torante Savini, like La Scala, the Duomo or the Gal­le­ria ‘is’ Milan: this his­toric venue has never ceased to be ‘in vogue’

Some­one once re­marked that Savini, like La Scala, the Duomo or the Gal­le­ria, ‘is' Milan. For the past 150 years, the world's elite have come to Savini to eat well, and en­gage with the city. This his­toric venue has never ceased to be ‘in vogue'. By Elena Binda

One of the best ways to ex­pe­ri­ence Milan, is to dine at Savini. Sit­ting at the ta­bles of this restau­rant means be­ing in the heart of the Gal­le­ria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the city’s best-known land­marks. The Gal­le­ria, which over­looks the Duomo, con­nects the Cathe­dral to the ‘tem­ple of opera’, the worl­drenowned Teatro alla Scala. Tra­versed daily by thou­sands of lo­cals and tourists, the Gal­le­ria is home to the most el­e­gant bou­tiques and the most his­toric book­shops. For 150 years, the Gal­le­ria has been used to hold meet­ings, launch trends, and seal busi­ness deals. And, it was here, in 1884, that Savini first opened its doors. In those days it was un­doubt­edly a unique and in­no­va­tive lo­cale. Savini was the brain­child of a young en­tre­pre­neur, Vir­gilio Savini, who took over an old beer hall and trans­formed it into a stylish café-restau­rant. Peo­ple could meet here through­out the day, and thanks to its prox­im­ity to the opera house and the­atres, Savini soon be­came the favourite haunt of some of the world’s most il­lus­tri­ous names, in­clud­ing Giuseppe Verdi, Gi­a­como Puc­cini, Ar­turo Toscanini, Gabriele D’An­nun­zio, Eleonora Duse, Gio­vanni Verga and Tom­maso Marinetti, who ex­pounded upon Fu­tur­ism here. Over the decades, its rep­u­ta­tion as an elite lo­cale con­tin­ued to grow and, dur­ing the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tury, it was pa­tron­ized by lu­mi­nar­ies like Maria Cal­las, Luchino Vis­conti, Char­lie Chap­lin, Grace Kelly, Erich Maria Re­mar­que, Frank Si­na­tra, Ava Gard­ner, Carla Fracci, Henry Ford and Totò. Eu­ge­nio Mon­tale, re­cip­i­ent of the 1975 No­bel Prize in Lit­er­a­ture, said that he had dis­cov­ered “the po­etry of cui­sine” at Savini. And to­day? Although many things have changed, Savini’s po­etry has re­mained in­tact. In 2008, the Gatto fam­ily took over the restau­rant, and Gio­vanni Bon (see photo), a tal­ented young chef who trained un­der sev­eral of Italy’s most renowned mae­stros, has en­thu­si­as­ti­cally taken on the chal­lenge of bring­ing Savini into the new mil­len­nium, pre­serv­ing it uniquely in­no­va­tive spirit, and skill­fully blend­ing the old with the new. As in the past, its mis­sion is to of­fer din­ers the finest gas­tro­nomic ex­pe­ri­ence in a lux­u­ri­ous and com­fort­able set­ting. In­spired by Mi­lanese tra­di­tion, Savini’s gourmet cui­sine of­fers din­ers a fresh take on clas­sic dishes.

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