DAAD Dantone Cut with a pair of golden scissors featured

The older fashion brands and designers become, the more “classic” their collections are ascribed. Not so with DAAD Dantone, the cutting-edge boutique operated by Giorgio Dantone that has consistently scanned the world for sartorial freshness, standing now at the epicenter of Milan’s innovative fashion set. Whether the threads you are looking for are French, Japanese, Nordic or nascent, your expectations on the limits of style are bound to be stretched, cropped, cut and perfected after a short stroll around their refined interior.

Peck Gastronomy boutique

Peck has been the international gastronomy temple of Milan for over a century. It all began in 1883 with the passion of the Czech cold meat seller Francesco Peck, and lives on today with the Stoppani family. Peck specializes in wines and spirits, oils and vinegars, sea products, mushrooms and truffles, an assortment of cheeses and cold cuts from “lardo” to Patanegra. The basement is stacked high with dusty bottles of Barolo, Montepulciano and Vin Santo, and being in Milan, the pasta, parmesan and homemade tortellini are naturally of top quality, and so too are the foie gras, jams, honeys, mustard and sauces from all over the world.

O' The avant-garde job

O’artoteca is a non-profit association that promotes art research, workshops and performances.

It hosts an international Artist in Residence (A.I.R.) program where the resources are placed at the artists’ disposal to support the creative process. In collaboration with contemporary music label Die Schachtel, O’ often produces live performances with renowned avant-garde artists and composers.

The Gray Fade to Gray featured

The Gray is a design-boutique hotel located on a quiet side street of Piazza Duomo with fashion mecca ‘The Golden Triangle’ and all the major designer brand stores only a stone’s throw away.

The color palette here ranges from rich shades of purple and ruby to warm earth colors, giving the hotel a distinctive touch. After a jacuzzi in your own room, hit the roof terrace to enjoy an aperitivo and the unique view: to get any closer to the Duomo Cathedral, you would have to be inside it.

Panarello Just like heaven featured

The Panarello family invented the biscuit “Lagaccio”: crunchy, thick, with strong personality, obliquely cut and ship-shaped for the hot water of tea. The curator, Francesco, started as a pastry chef where he used to add sugar and butter to the dough, unknown to the owner, in order to make the sweets softer and sweeter. The trick was a success and when he took over his first pastry store in Genoa over a century ago he probably didn’t know that his name would go on to become a label in Italian confectionery.

This shop is one on the several Panarello owned establishments in Italy and it’s always crowded. With a hot espresso or cappuccino, customers can taste heavenly pastries such as “kranz”, a slice of “Panarello cake” with almonds and, perhaps best of all, the “cannoncino”, a puff pastry roll filled with creamy confectioner’s custard.

Pizzeria Spontini Simply perfecto featured

Spontini is renowned as one of the best pizzerias in town. Opened in the 1950’s, this pizza joint still follows the same special recipe as the day is began and it really is a winner.
There is only one thing you need to know when you arrive at the bustling yet cosy pizzeria- regular or large slice? What makes Spontini unique, is the fact that they only serve one thing- Margherita pizza. This may seem a tad minimalistic, but once you sink your teeth into the melt in your mouth thick, crispy base topped with tomato, mozzarella, oregano and anchovies, you will see why there is no need for anything else.

They of course offer a range of beverages, and lasagna is also offered at lunchtime, but pizza is Spontini’s specialty. There are three restaurants to choose from: the original in C.so Buenos Aires, another one in V.le Papiniano and the newest in V. Marghera. Spontini’s is a Milano must!

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