TAST­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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Ar­mani/Dolci

Via Man­zoni 31 is pos­si­bly the most glam­orous ad­dress for Milanese patis­serie: Ar­mani/Dolci is a lo­ca­tion ded­i­cated by world-renowned de­signer Gior­gio Ar­mani to the world of choco­late and not only. Here you can find el­e­gant pra­lines, choco­late bars, as­sorted dragées or fruit pre­serves, de­light­ful gifts that are per­fect for any oc­ca­sion, also thanks to the store's el­e­gant, un­mis­tak­able pack­ag­ing. Open daily 10am-7.30pm. www.ar­manidolci.com. Via Man­zoni, 31. T: 02 62312686. M3 Montenapoleone. Map F4

Cova Pas­tic­ce­ria

Founded in 1817, by none other than one of Napoleon's sol­diers, this is one of the Mi­lan's old­est pas­tic­ce­ria, an iconic place where tra­di­tion meets el­e­gance and style. On the oc­ca­sion of the 200th an­niver­sary, the venue has re­cently re-opened fol­low­ing a care­ful ren­o­va­tion pre­serv­ing the orig­i­nal Cova sig­na­ture look. Es­tab­lished as a pas­tic­ce­ria, it also of­fers a morn­ing espresso, a Milanese-style risotto, an af­ter­noon tea with ar­ti­sanal pas­tic­cini and pra­lines or an evening aper­i­tivo. The fa­mous hand­made Panet­tone, sig­na­ture prod­uct of Cova and a jeal­ousy-guarded recipe, is avail­able all year long. Open Mon-Sat 7.45am-8.30pm; Sun 10am-7pm. www.co­v­ami­lano.com. Via Montenapoleone, 8. T: 02 76005599. M3 Montenapoleone.Map G4

illy Caffè

In ad­di­tion to the launch of a de­sign store in Mi­lan's fu­tur­is­tic pi­azza Gae Au­lenti, sur­rounded by spec­tac­u­lar sky­scrapers, the Tri­este-based brand re­cently opened a new, ex­clu­sive lo­cale in via Montenapoleone, in the heart of Mi­lan. The new illy Caffè has taken up res­i­dence in the el­e­gant court­yard of a pe­riod build­ing and is slated to be­come one of the city's hottest all-day din­ing op­tions where lovers of taste and art can get to­gether to en­joy ei­ther a lan­guid lunch or din­ner, or savour tan­ta­liz­ing sweet and savoury of­fer­ings in a unique oa­sis. The store also boasts a re­tail cor­ner fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of prod­ucts from the illy world. www.illy. com. Open Mon-Wed 7.30am8pm; Thurs-Fri 7.30am-9pm; Sat 9.30am-11pm; Sun 9.30am-9pm. Pi­azza Gae Au­lenti, 36. T: 02 65560331. M2-M5 Garibaldi FS. Map F2 • Open daily 8am-11pm. Via Montenapoleone, 19. T: 02 83549386. M3 Montenapoleone. Map F4

Lavazza

Ital­ian cof­fee ex­pert Lavazza has opened its first flag­ship store in Mi­lan. A go-to des­ti­na­tion where cof­fee lovers can ex­pe­ri­ence the very best that the world of Lavazza cof­fee has to of­fer through­out the day. This beau­ti­fully de­signed lo­ca­tion of­fers four dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­en­tial op­tions: the “Caf­fet­te­ria” where vis­i­tors can sa­vor an au­then­tic espresso, a “Slow Cof­fee” area to taste dif­fer­ent types of cof­fee ex­trac­tion sys­tems, a “Fresh Roasted” area where pre­cious sin­gle ori­gins are roasted and blended on site, and the “Cof­fee De­sign” area where in­no­va­tive food de­sign meets the world of cof­fee in new and sur­pris­ing flavour com­bi­na­tions, cre­ated with top in­ter­na­tional chefs. Open Mon-Thurs 8am-7.30pm; Fri 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. www.lavazza.it/ flag­ship­store. Pi­azza San Fedele, 2. T: 342 8411682. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F4

Peck

A par­adise for food lovers. At this high-class del­i­catessen, for years an au­then­tic tem­ple of Milanese taste, you will find the best of Ital­ian ex­cel­lence, from cured meats to sauces, from wines to liqueurs, from cheeses to olive oil. Spread out over three floors, Peck is also a great place for an un­for­get­table stopover. The search for qual­ity is Peck's pri­mary aim, achieved through a care­ful se­lec­tion of prod­ucts from all over the world. Don't miss the “Pic­colo Peck”, a gas­tro­nomic café at the ground floor re­mind­ing a Vi­en­nese café of the 30s, where you can re­lax and taste sev­eral spe­cial­ties. Open Mon 3pm-8pm; Tues-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 10am-5pm. www.peck.it. Via Spadari, 9. T: 02 8023161. M1-M3 Duomo, M1 Cor­du­sio. Map F5

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