Are you a foodie in search of olden day flavours? Do you want to try DOC Milanese specialities, or perhaps you’re in search of a quiet place to relax after an exhilarating shopping spree? For these, there is only one go-to address: Borgospesso 1! We are in the heart of the chaotic Quadrilatero della Moda, but this street is much more tranquil when compared with the bustle of activities characterising other nearby streets. Pluses of Borgospesso 1 include its distinctly evocative location (in the ancient wine cellars that used to be the crypt of the nearby church of via Manzoni), late-night opening hours, and its collaboration with several of Milan’s most historic venues: a trip into the history of the city and Italian specialties. Key Players? Let’s begin with the delicacies of historic pasticceria Taveggia Milano 1909, and continue with the sought-after gastronomic treats of Drogheria Parini 1915.
Other highlights include the gourmet offerings of Al Panino Bistrot, and those of Trattoria Bagutta 1924, one of Italy’s most historic eateries. The latter is protected by the Ministry of Cultural Assets, and retains its old-world charm thanks to its warm, welcoming, and cosy atmosphere. The kitchen at Trattoria Bagutta is run by 32-year-old chef Guglielmo Paolucci, whose CV lists his wide experience at several international restaurants.
The décor at Borgospesso 1 stems from an unusual concept, where the venue is covered in tabloids pasted above the mirrors in its rooms. This look is the result of a careful composition of a series of clippings taken from satirical newspapers of Italian, French and German origin, focusing on the theme of good food and conviviality. Borgospesso 1 is open Monday through Sunday, from the morning until late at night. An ideal place for breakfast, lunch, an aperitivo, dinner or an after-dinner drink!
By Stefania Vida
Via Borgospesso, 1
M3 (yellow line) Montenapoleone
External links: www.borgospesso1.com