Shopping Guide September 2015: Suggestions by MilanoStraordinaria

September 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

by Felice Bassi, MilanoStraordinaria

Felice Bassi is the Art Director of MilanoStraordinaria (literally, “ExtraordinaryMilan”), a guide published by ItaliaStraordinaria.

A special guide to shops, galleries, ateliers, restaurants, bookshops and some of the city’s best-kept secrets that even those who have always lived in Milan know little about.

1. Pérfume by Calé

Boasting the longest experience in the perfume industry, Calé was founded in 1955 as a distributor of Profumeria Artistica brands. Since 1994, the family business has been helmed by Silvio Levi who stocks a selection of the world’s exclusive fragrances at his centrally located Milano-based showroom. Here you can smell the raw materials, discover iconic brands, leaf through books on perfumes, participate at events and choose your own ‘signature’ scent. Levi has developed a special olfactory diagnostic system to help customers choose the perfect fragrance.

Corso Magenta, 22
M1 (red line)- M2 (green line)Cadorna FN
T: +39 02 80509449

2. Antica Trattoria della Pesa

Since 1991, the Antica Trattoria della Pesa has been run by the Sassi family who, after taking it over from its founders, decided to leave all of its original decor intact. Still imbued with its former old-world charm, Papà Delio works ‘backstage’, Mamma Alba demonstrates her culinary skills in the kitchen by preparing unforgettable fresh pasta and their daughter Francesa welcomes customers with her enchanting smile. Its menu is oriented towards strictly Lombardy cuisine and its distinctive trattoria-like feel is apparent in its attention to detail: damask linen tablecloths, flowers, stylish table settings, meticulously selected ingredients and an astute selection of wines…the ideal place for special occasions.

Viale Pasubio, 10.
M2 (green line) – M5 (purple line) Garibaldi FS
T: +39 02 6555741

3. Pellini

Located in the historic centre of Milan in via Morigi, amidst narrow, busy streets flanked by aristocratic buildings, Pellini showcases its magnifi cent jewelry made from resin beads and semi-precious stones. Here, season after season, designer Donatella Pellini, third generation heir to this business run solely by women, updates her unique creations. The iconic, via Morigi-based showroom not only hosts an archive of costume jewelry featuring pieces designed from the 1950s to the 1970s but also offers a wide choice of highly original accessories.

Via Morigi, 9
M2 (green line) Sant’Ambrogio
T: +39 02 72010213

4. Al Garghet

Situated just two minutes from via Ripamonti, Al Garghet is housed in a 13th century residence that was once a convent, then a police station and later a bakery and a dance hall. Its owner, Emanuela, discovered it in 1991 and it was love at fi rst sight. Its menu, written in Milanese dialect with translations, features seasonal dishes. Standouts include braised meats, tripe, potato gnocchi and chickpea and almond nibbles. One of their most famous dishes is their Cotoletta Orecchia d’elefante, an enormous breaded veal cutlet, measuring 40cm in diameter. The restaurant boasts an excellent wine list and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Via Selvanesco, 36.
T: +39 02534698, Mob: +39 3385066704

5. Bulgari Spa

A real urban retreat, a world away from the fast paced bustle of modern metropolitan life. An oasis of experiences that soothe the mind, invigorate the body and revive the senses. A unique universe of wellness, the Bulgari Spa pampers guests with specialist treatments and the comfort of a wonderfully soothing ambience. Its modern design and the contemporary architecture of its decor merge harmoniously with the holistic concept of its treatments inspired by ancient philosophies. In 2014, to celebrate its tenth anniversary, the entire complex was given a makeover to make its guest experience even more exclusive.

Via privata Fratelli Gabba, 7/b
M3 (yellow line) Montenapoleone
T: +39 02 8058051

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