Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Milan Extraordinaire Part 2 - Shopping

Pellini Bangles

Milano is home to Pellini, via Manzoni 20,  mentioned in my Paris Confidential blog.  I bought some pretty earrings  and will definitely be saving up for one of their beautiful bangles.  The shop assistant very kindly gave us a copy of a brilliant little book called 'Milanostraordinaria' which takes you off the beaten track and recommends quirky and interesting shops, designers and restaurants.

Caffe Letterario

 Recommended by our new guide book, we had lunch in the Caffe Letterario,Via Rovello 2, situated in a 15th century cloister and part of the Theatre Grassi. Simple Italian food cooked with flair and the freshest ingredients in a quiet and shady setting.

Fabriano Stationery

We also came across the wonderful stationery shop 'Fabriano boutique' - beautiful notebooks, paper and leather goods all made in Italy - and as my family already know, I can never have too many notebooks.  It's almost enough just to go into the shop and inhale - paper and leather - an excellent combination.  Some of their products are available in London at the V&A museum shop.

No visit to Italy is complete without taking home some huge chunks of parmesan, which we purchased in a small local delicatessen.  We also visited the famous 'Peck' food halls to stock up on mozzarella, burrata, pesto  and San Daniele ham, not to mention the wine.

Dinner on our last night was in a small local restaurant (we were the only tourists) called Time, via San Marco 5   Delicious food  cooked by young chefs using traditional ingredients and excellent value for money.

Well, that's all from Milan for a while, I can't wait to go back.

Ciao and A bientôt, Rebecca.