DESTINATIONS Italy

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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