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Sakeya

Sakeya

Milan, Italy

‘No moon, no blossom. Just me drinking sake, totally alone.’ Matsuo Bashō, 1689. Oku no Hosomichi (‘The Narrow Road to the Interior’) is one of the most important classic books of the Japanese literature. This work by poet Matsuo Bashō is a travelogue written both in prose and verses during a long and perilous walk, a five-month pilgrimage, more than two thousand kilometres long, from the modern Tokyo to the Japanese hinterland. It was the end of the eighteenth century. The master’s itinerary became the opportunity for many to start their own Japanese journey…

The Botanical Club

The Botanical Club

Milan, taly

We are not yet in that stage of life when you feel so generous as to dedicate some of your free time to recommending a book you are reading to publishing houses. For the time being we just reassure ourselves that that moment will come. Nevertheless, we couldn’t but make an exception, that early summer night, sitting at one of the tables of the The Botanical Club in Tortona street. Our gin was clear and aromatic, in the mild climate. Our bowl of Poke with salmon and teriyaki was brilliantly passing all tests, thus proving to deserve a top-ranking position among the gastronomic surprises of the season…

La Brisa

La Brisa

Milan, Italy

The golden wood-panelling embraces the rooms and gives them light and elegance; the blues and forest-greens, the aristocratic veranda, and the garden – the ideal oasis for a romantic summer dinner. The originality of a pâte brisée curl on top of the tasty vegetable salad, the simplicity of the squid and broad bean risotto, the gracefulness of the roasted octopus and its perfect presentation. And also the silent rhythmic coming-and-going of affable waiters and the regulars taking place at their usual tables. La Brisa is a special – maybe perfect – address one loves to go back to on every special occasion.

Fukurou Traditional Japanese Restaurant

Fukurou Traditional Japanese Restaurant

Milan, Italy

‘To cage luck’. The best Japanese cuisine we remember from Tokyo – the chef’s counter, the small tables in a row, the private areas of Japanese friends and colleagues, the long fish and meat menu, and the homemade desserts. The grill over the coal, the boiling tea at the end of the meal, the wait. Fukurou is peculiar – indeed traditional and of sublime quality. We book a table every now and then, record the booking in our agenda, and wait for the lucky day to come, when we will seat at Fukurou.

Trippa

Trippa

Milan, Italy

To us, Trippa is the essential restaurant in Milan. Chef Diego always comes and greets us at our table with the assurance of a person who has the kitchen under control, then leaves saying ‘come and say goodbye when you’re done’. The same mood fills the whole room. The staff are carefree but attentive, happy to have you at their tables, and aware that they are serving a straightforward Italian menu – veal with tuna sauce, Fassona beef tartare with hazelnuts, dried cod with cabbage, tripe, tart with citrus marmalade – though its presentation is quite new: classic but modern dishes, generous but graceful portions…

Lievità Pizzeria Gourmet

Lievità Pizzeria Gourmet

Milan, Italy

Pizza Margherita: tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. What if there are nine different Margheritas? What are the differences between them? A one-to-five scale to measure the sweetness of tomatoes in the varieties San Marzano PDO, Pomodorini del Piennolo del Vesuvio PDO, Giallo del Vesuvio, Filetti del pomodoro Sua Eccellenza, Pomodorini di Gragnano dei Monti Lattari, Antico pomodoro Miracolo di S. Gennaro (a Slow Food Presidium), Kumato, and Corbarino. We are happy to type Monti Lattari on Google Maps and leave on a sweet-and-sour journey to the Sorrento Peninsula, along mountain paths where the valuable breed of cattle Agerolese is reared and produces milk for Lievità’s fior di latte. We get lost in the ingredients, in the richness of our country and of the Campania traditions, in the will to listen to the precise story of excellent raw materials…

Pavè Gelati & Granite

Pavè Gelati & Granite

Milan, Italy

An ice-cream workshop and parlour. The signature of the good team of Via Casati, which is a remarkable preamble. Vanilla obtained from the pod, hazelnut (also in the ‘pure’ water-based sorbet version), cream, and almond granita for us eternal kids. Tonka Beans, Coffee and Cardamom, Cacao Beans, and Pineapple, Rocket and Lime for the hippies. Sbrisolona, Pane burro 160 (bread and butter 160, Pavè’s classic apricot croissant), Tarte Tatin for gourmands. Coloured hexagonal cement tiles, polished white tiles, white marble, some salvage furniture and a blackboard with big and clear writings. The new Milanese ice cream parlour, where you will meet us often.

BAR LUCE

BAR LUCE

Milan, Italy

Sitting on a sorbet-coloured chair and ordering a rice pudding or a frolla by Marchesi. Sitting on the same chair – or a different colour one – at lunch break and ordering a gourmet sandwich in Bar Luce, devised by one of your favourite film directors. Wandering from exhibition to exhibition and taking your daughter to the children area on the first floor. Getting lost in the library, open 24/7. Watching an auteur film in the cinema. If there is a more wonderful way to start a day in Milan, we do not know it yet, and we are more than satisfied to head once again for Fondazione Prada, in Milan’s south area. Applause.

Yuzu

Yuzu

Milan, Italy

If you love fruit and share a passion for yuzu, the most aromatic citrus fruit from Japan, this Japanese restaurant should be at the top of your list of places to try in the city. Yuzu is the fil rouge across the dishes on the menu, from the cold cappellini broth to the fish julienne and the prawn ravioli. Order at least one tuna tartare and a mixed chirashi. Every plate is fragrant and beautifully presented. Another big Japan thing.

Mantra Raw Vegan

Mantra Raw Vegan

Milan, Italy

At first, you will think ‘it is a fruit and vegetable extract, I drink similar drinks almost daily, and from now on I will drink them here as well’. Then will come the turn of zucchini spaghetti with pesto, of the salad with a lot of ripe avocado, of shitake crackers, of red granola (activated buckwheat, strawberries, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, medjool dates, cold-pressed red-turnip juice, cold-pressed lemon juice), and of vegan cookies. One day a week will become a Raw day and you will read read read about raw foods. All of this thanks to Mantra. Add a neutral and pastel-coloured room where you will love to spend your time, and light and easy-going music. Start frequenting Mantra! Buy snacks at the corner shop, ask questions, and be curious, since it happens here in Milan, as if you were in Santa Monica, California.​

Nùn

Nùn

Milan, Italy

Maybe you did not know either that ‘nún’ in Farsi means ‘bread’. We learnt it in a Milanese eatery – called Nún – which serves delicious chicken kebabs, homemade falafel and other Middle East specialties like hummus (mashed chickpeas) and baba ganoush (creamed aubergine). Nún wins you with its Spartan but functional service, its choice of wholemeal cereal flours, its highly selected chicken and its minimal stylish format. We suggest it for a pragmatic lunch in the Corso Buenos Aires area.

Bjork Swedish Brasserie & Side Store

Bjork Swedish Brasserie & Side Store

Milan, Italy

We love Northern Europe and Nordic food. We love the way they capture light in their buildings and plates, and the way design permeates everything they do. Bjorkman is a project (a work of research, selection, combination, and actualization) as well as an amazing restaurant-brasserie with a small food store. It first opened in Aosta in September 2012. Our meal starts with soft sliced aniseed bread and salty butter mousse. The menu is a mix of tradition and evolution. There’s a table for any occasions: a round table under a bright chandelier for a meal with friends, a small square one for an intimate vis-a-vis and a long ring-shape bar counter with stools to share, like in a sushi bar…

LaFavia four rooms

LaFavia four rooms

Milan, Italy

Four rooms in a late nineteenth century palace in the Porta Garibaldi area. Their main theme is travel – the greatest passion of Fabio and Marco, the owners. Here travel is interpreted in its noblest meaning, as inspiration, culture, and memory. The 70s armchairs come from a café in Las Ramblas, the wallpaper recalls Tibet, the images of Vishnu take you to India. LaFavia is a journey within the journey. It inspires and welcomes you with the warmth of a home and with the vivid and eclectic charm of a cabinet de curiosités. Breakfast is served in the rarefied atmosphere of a winter garden facing the palace courtyard.

Ristorante Berton

Ristorante Berton

Milan, Italy

Your culinary experience at Berton Restaurant begins with a symphony of flavours. They are lain on a crumbly cuttlefish-ink flavoured cracker that reminds you of a Mediterranean island. At lunch, continue with the main course made of four gourmet dishes – minaudière version – then with dessert and finally with petit fours, accompanying the ritual of coffee. At dinner, it is quite difficult to choose among all à-la-carte dishes and degustation menus, including a new selection called ‘all around broth’. Anything you order will amaze your eyes and palate, and you’ll remember this amazement for long. The interior is minimal-strict. It reflects – and lets in through large windows – the futuristic atmosphere of the surrounding neighbourhood. Our favourite table is the one in the cabin that stands in between the dining room and the kitchen, where one can admire Master Berton and his company at work. The bench seats that recall a revisited American diner, and the semi-transparent wall through which dining room and kitchen communicate, complete the refined wonder of this out-of-the-ordinary culinary address.

Wok Eat

Wok Eat

Milan, Italy

Let’s play a game: tell us which ingredients you would like in your noodle box and how much. We ask for black sesame, red beans, mushrooms and ginger, accompanied by a delicate blond beer (Asahi and Menabrea from today you have a new contender: Poretti beer). The Wok Eat team will see us again soon, for a quick meal before the theatre (Piccolo theatre is just round the corner) or before the cinema (any cinema of the centre), at home or at work (as home-delivery). Food that is simple, aromatic and impeccable.

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