ZUCCA IN GAL­LE­RIA

All About Italy (USA) - - Historic Premises - Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele, Pi­azza del Duomo, 21, 20121 Mi­lan www.caf­femi­ani.it

This caffè opened in 1867 at the same time as the Vit­to­rio Emanuele Gallery, right in the heart of Mi­lan, for which it be­came the em­blem. With its Art Nou­veau fur­ni­ture, it is a meet­ing place for artists, writ­ers and politi­cians and it used to be the fa­vorite haunt of Verdi and Toscanini af­ter they came out of La Scala Theater. King Um­berto I also of­ten stopped by with his ret­inue. It is still a fas­ci­nat­ing place where one can breathe in the rich cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal at­mos­phere. Dur­ing the 1960s the Miani fam­ily took over, pre­serv­ing its char­ac­ter­is­tic at­mos­phere and style. At the ‘Zucca in Gal­le­ria’, to lean against the bar in­laid by Eu­ge­nio Quarti, a fa­mous cab­i­net-maker in the early 1900s, and sip an aper­i­tif has al­ways been a rit­ual. It’s worth a visit just to ad­mire the chan­de­liers by Maz­zu­cotelli, the only ‘black­smith’ work­ing in wrought-iron to pro­duce gen­uine works-of-art, or to be en­chanted by An­gelo d’an­drea’s highly de­tailed Art Nou­veau mo­saics whose cas­cades of flow­ers and multi-col­ored birds in­voke the fla­vor of an epoch that survives, full of charm, in this most Mi­lanese cor­ner of Mi­lan.

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