Milano, la cittá nascosta

“No matter where I am in the world, the Milanese cuisine keeps haunting me”.

Travelling across Europe is a great experience especially in the summer when you get the chance to experience the beautiful streets of Paris and colorful streets of London, Rome of Barcelona. From Amsterdam to Monaco, you can enjoy so much while visiting the entire continent. Paris has its charm when walking in the artistic Montmartre or when having a Mousse au chocolat at Trocadéro. There are so many European cities I love traveling to like Ibiza, Brussels, London, Naples, Nice, Sofia and many more. But there is one city I love going back to and that is Milan. Behind the luxurious reputation of Milan being a fashion city, there is a Milan culinary that is often unseen by many. No matter where I am in the world, the Milanese cuisine keeps haunting me.

Why is Milan the most interesting city in Europe for me….

I can imagine many travelers being surprised and thinking how could I find Milan more attractive than Rome, Venetia or even Sicilia. What makes Milan different is the fact that each time I return I have the feeling of discovering it over and over again. The Italian cuisine and especially the hospitality in Milan have won over my heart every time I have visited. It is just breath-taking. Besides the fact that I’m in love with the Italian cuisine, I adore discovering the history of the city and its secrets. On my last trip, I discovered, for example, where I can have the best panzerotti in Milan city where the line and the waiting time is as long as at Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn NY. Luini is the place where every Italian rushes in the afternoon to get their sandwich because there is no other place like Luini. The people who belong to the culture where they originated best preserve gastronomic traditions, but as this culture changes in time under the influence of new social customs, so the gastronomical traditions lose their identity. This is happening to Milanese gastronomy that is beginning to have to be protected in order for its specialties to survive. Some of the Milanese dishes have actually become common in Italian cuisine: the cotoletta alla Milanese has even crossed over the national borders and is a popular dish in Germany where it goes by the name of Wiener Schnitzel. But other dishes, such as rostin negàa or cassoeula, have to be tracked down in the homes of the inveterate Ambrosiani. My favorite desserts are Pan de mej, small sweet buns with elderberry; they are generally served with a cup of liquid cream, to dip them into. And Tortelli di carnevale, spheres of sweet dough, fried to a crisp and hollow on the inside and then covered with a veil of powdered sugar.

Another thing I love about Milan are the ancient buildings. The architecture always amazes me and the beauty behind these buildings has captured my eye many times. The city center is enclosed by the inner, corresponding to the walls that protected Milan during the Middle Ages. Eating is a big part of the enjoyment of being in Milano, with its many typical recipes to fulfill the most demanding appetite, and the many Lombardy regional wines to accompany them.

Next time you are in Milan, pay more attention to the traditional cuisine, extend your culinary horizons and ENJOY!

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I am Marie-Noëlle Anaëlla, a Globetrotter and Travel Writer from the Netherlands, currently residing in Paris. I describe myself as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and see the world as my home, having been born in the African country of Gabon and spending my early years in several diverse countries around the world. Living in places like Cameroon, Japan, China, India, Ireland, the United States and much more, has meant that it has become difficult for me to adequately describe where I am from to the people I meet. As a result, I am now simply calling myself a citizen of the world, coming from here, coming from there and coming from everywhere. Having caught the travel bug at a very young age, I have since made it my life and have now either lived in or visited more than 140 countries across 7 continents. Not traveling, for me, would be like staring at empty pages in a book, too afraid to open myself up to the world and see its beauty. This traveling life has now seen me take up a career in travel writing about my experiences and why it is so important. I spend much of my time encouraging others to travel, inspiring them to seek greatness and turn negative experiences into something positive. When I am not busy traveling around the world or writing about it, I practice Tai-Chi and meditation, treat my body with the utmost respect and loves a cup of English tea. What else do you want to know? :) Happy Traveling!

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