Here are some ideas to combat the gloomy days of cold and gray in the Lombard capital. And all the good Milanese addresses!
Follow the 3 F rule: Cold, Hunger, Cheese and start the season for raclettes and other dishes typical of the regions of northern Italy. Where to taste your first raclettes of the season in Milan:
At the house of “I Caminetti del Sempione” (via Giulio Cesare Procaccini 60 – Corso Sempione district), a warm and refined setting, regional cuisine, also offering raclette or Burgundy fondue.
At the house of “Raclette” (Naviglio Grande 38), it’s an informal atmosphere for a traditional raclette with a wide choice of cold meats.
For a raclette at home, on unearths excellent cheeses La Baita del formaggio (via Vincenzo Foppa 5), the Grotta dei Formaggi (via Rosmini 1), at Da Galli at the Wagner market (open from Tuesday to Saturday), or at the cheese department at theEataly.
In a similar culinary register, Italian restaurants Il Rifugio (via Lomazzo 67), and deli (viale Tunisia 14), offer typical dishes of the Alto Adige region including the famous canederli, bread and cheese balls and / or speck served alone or ‘in brodo’ (in a broth), this in a chalet atmosphere mountain in the heart of Milan.
Without forgetting Sciatt (viale Monte Grappa 18), Valtellinese cuisine whose specialty is sciatt, small buckwheat flour donut with a heart of melted cheese. In delivery or to take away.
A sweet afternoon in a Milanese tea room
The Palazzo Parigi, 5-star hotel located in the Brera district (Corso di Porta Nuova 1), an imposing 17th century building renovated and whose decoration was entrusted to the French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (known among others for the decor of the Shangri-La and the Four Season in Paris) offer a Afternoon tea including a selection of pastries and food to eat with your fingers homemade, ranging from 20 euros per person for tea and pastries, to 35 euros for a wider selection accompanied by a glass of champagne. You can eat everything comfortably at Caffè Parigi with a view of the hotel’s interior garden.
Sweet Island, in the Isola district (via Lambertenghi 15), pastry shop-tea room, offers a menu of desserts and French specialties to eat in or take away. You can find the real Parisian croissant with Isigny butter, the financial classics or madeleines, or the galette des rois with frangipane.
La Teiera Eclettica (via Melzo 30) in the Porta Venezia district, recommended for connoisseurs of tea. The boutique – tea room offers a fine selection of various teas and origins. A tea room is open in the afternoon from Thursday to Sunday (by reservation).
Relax at home, in good hands
If the very idea of stepping outside seems insurmountable to you, the site shapeme.it allows you to book well-being, osteopathic or physiotherapeutic massages, carried out by certified professionals who are at home, available 7/7 from 8 am to 11 pm.
Recommendation: the lymphodrénante massage by Francesca di Paolo. The slow and regular rhythm of this massage plunges the recipient into deep relaxation while Francesca’s expert hands are busy reviving the lymphatic system. Lightness guaranteed after 60min (69 euros).
Cinema / Italian meal
Why choose between a cinema and a restaurant when you can have both at the same time.
Al ‘Anteo Palazzo del Cinema (piazza Venticinque Aprile 8), in the Porta Garibaldi district, it is possible to watch the films in the program while tasting dishes prepared by the chefs of the Eataly Smeraldo located opposite.
The two entities have joined forces to offer “Eataly al cinema” screenings every day in the Nobel room of the Anteo palazzo, fitted out for the occasion: seats with integrated table and soft light, reduced number of armchairs. The menu can be chosen before the start of the screening and is served “at the table” at the start of the film, with an intermission for a possible additional order. Count 25 euros for a lunch or a aperitif and 35 euros for a dinner (film included).
Learn to cook Italian
Whether it is to learn the basics of Italian cuisine, improve your skills, discover new recipes, or simply share a friendly moment or a fun activity with family or friends, in Milan you can find all types of courses and for all budgets. . Some examples :
Eataly Smeraldo (piazza Venticinque Aprile, 10), offers a wide choice of courses carried out on site in small groups and at affordable prices ranging from 50 to 70 euros for a 3-hour workshop, organized in the afternoon or in the evening.
Teatro7 laboratory (via Thaon di Revel 7, Isola district) offers cooking workshops in a friendly and realistic setting so that you can easily reproduce the recipes at home without investing in professional equipment. From 60 to 90 euros each workshop.
The scuola della cucina italiana, (via San Nicolao 7 -piazzale Cadorna) offers individual courses, 3 hours at 90 euros, but also offers the possibility of deepening a specific theme by registering for a course of several courses in the evening (1 per weeks). Count 490 euros for 7 lessons.