Text and pjotos by Cesare Zucca

BOM (good in Brazilian) plus MAKI (the roll of Japanese cuisine) equals BOMAKI the new nippo-brasilian cuisie that is scoring all over Italy. Last night I went to theopening for the new Bomaki Navigli, tin he trendiest ” movida” and “food” area in Milan.
One hundred seats between the internal hall and the welcoming external dehor overlooking the Naviglio, which allows you to taste the goodness of the Bomaki offer in an environment characterized by extremely refined furnishing elements.


Let’s adventure in luxuriant tropical forests and ceramic azulejos that recall the South American atmosphere. Exotic accents meet natural details in a kind of “urban escape” in the metropolis, where the menu boasts a Brazilian, Japanese and European foods can be enjoyed in a colorful environment, full of details reminiscent of South America . ………….

The menu is extensive and satisfies all tastes, in fact, in addition to the vast choice of uramaki, you can try different varieties of tartare and carpaccio or more “street” formats such as burritos and meat and fish tacos.
These delights can be combined with excellent typical Brazilian cocktails such as caipirinha, caipiroska, exotic mojitos, all with flavors ranging from mango to passion fruit and for the more traditional customers of craft beer, “Branquinha”, created specifically for Bomaki by the Brewery of Legnano.

I met The CEO of Bomaki Giuseppe Grasso who told me: “Bomaki Navigli represents an important step for the company because it covers a very strategic area of Milan and, in fact, completes our coverage on the city. The restaurant has enormous potential, both for the position we have chosen and for its internal architecture which is able to enhance the peculiarities of our food & drink offer and to keep the promise that we make to our customers every day: “

 The chef and partner Jeric Bautista, brings taste and creativity to the gastronomic proposal is one of Bomaki’s strengths, the dishes are constantly evolving and keep faith with tradition, aromas and colors of Brazil. The visual impact is the first step of the culinary experience, a fundamental element for Japanese cuisine which is combined with the chromatic Brazilian gastronomy.


CESARE ZUCCA Travel, food & lifestyle.
Milanese by birth, Cesare lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world. For WEEKEND PREMIUM he photographs and writes about cities, cultures, lifestyles. He likes to discover both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights. Cesare meets and interview top chefs from all over the world, ‘steals’ their recipes in a ”
non touristy tourist ” style 

Bomaki Navigli 
Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 38, 20144 Milano MI
Phone: 02 2305 4220



by Cesare Zucca

Ivan Cotroneo is an Italian actor, director, producer, writer, born in Naples (Italy).
As a director he has directed One Kiss, Kryptonite and the currently showing Fourteen Days.
As a successful screenwriter, Ivan collaborated for Ozpetek’s big hit Mine Vaganti, on the screenplays of the films of Pappi Corsicato (Chimera, I Vesuviani), Renato De Maria (Paz! and La prima linea), Daniele Luchetti (Dillo con parole mie), Riccardo Milani (Piano, solo), Maria Sole Tognazzi (The man who loves), and beautiful Luca Guadagnino’s Io sono l’amore.

For television he has written, among other things, Un posto Tranquillo directed by Luca Manfredi, Pinocchio, directed by Alberto Sironi, Sissi by Xavier Schwarzenberger and Storia di Laura by Andrea Porporati among other, including writing and directing the 2 succeful series La Compagnia Del Cigno ( The Company of the Swan) filmed at Milan Coservatory Giuseppe Verdi.

Cotroneo and the cast of “Amanti”

Subsequently, she made herself known to the general public with the brilliant series Una mamma imperfetta, which recounts the daily life of four mothers today grappling with family, work, home and children at the same time.
He will return to film direction first with Il Natale della mamma imperfetta (2013) and then with A kiss (2016), which has three teenagers in search of happiness as protagonists.
After writing and directing The Company of the Swan, he returns to the cinema in 2021 with the film 14 Giorni (Fourteen Days), starring Thomas Trabacchi and Carlotta Natoli in the role of a couple in forced cohabitation.

Ivan Cotroneo

What a talent!
I would call Ivan a “cantastorie”  with a  great talent in telling stories, using various languages: books, cinema, television, songs, translations and now also theatre  with the hilarious play Amanti ( Lovers) that I wrote and directed.
The play is a brilliant and funny comedy, with situations and dialogues that make you laugh, but also an exploration of the feelings of a couple who find refuge, comfort, amusement, but also worry, concern, and perhaps danger in the state of state of being clandestine.

The Cast of Amanti and Writer Director Ivan Cotroneo

Amanti follows the story of Giulio and Claudia’s relationship, interspersing their meetings in the hotel with the dialogues that each of the two has with Dr. Cioffi, who obviously does not know that her two problematic patients are having an affair.

Thus their story unfolds between encounters in bed and the truths or lies that they simultaneously tell the doctor, to whom they go alone or together with their respective partners, Laura and Roberto. Everything seems to go according to plan, but in the end something turns everything upside down….

The story is that of a betrayal, so up to here nothing unexpected, but the story intrigues from the beginning, from their first meeting down at the psychotherapist of both, to their secret meetings in a hotel room, from an adventure transition into a real relationship with a very unexpected epilogue…

A succession of misunderstandings, missteps, lies, a cliché text of extramarital affairs, a comedy about love, sex, betrayal and marriage, about adventures, relationships, the male and female universe and, ultimately, the ultimate pursuit of happiness , who always decides to take unexpected unexpected paths
Excellent cast, Fabrizia Secchi, Orsetta De Rossi Eleonora Russo  Diego d’Elia and an irresistable and flamboyant Massimiliano Gallo.

Fabrizia Secchi and Massimiliano Gallo

Mr. Cotroneo adds popular italian songs, music and greatly introduces cast and crew credits on a big screen that make us feeling like going to see a movie, a great one!

At Manzoni Theatre, Milan
Till Feb 26 , 2023
To buy tickets click here

Bosch’s dreams, visions, creatures at Palazzo Reale, Milan

(english version followed by italian version)
Bosch’s dreams, visions, creatures at Palazzo Reale, Milan  

Jheronimus Bosch (1453 -1516)
His worldwide known language, made of dreamlike visions and peculiar worlds, fires, monstrous creatures, and fantastic figures., images of nocturnal fires and scenes of witchcraft, Magic and dreaming, with their unpredictable nature,  The so-called ‘world of grotesques’ is the other side of the same coin when speaking of the fantastic in Bosch. establishing interest in “monstrosities” and the “grotesque”, At that time, however, Renaissance classicism dominated in Italy. But it is precisely here that the fantastic and dreamlike language of Bosch and his followers, the protagonists of “another Renaissance”
The exhibition itinerary encompasses a hundred works of art including
Bosch’s most challenging masterpieces:The Garden of Delights, featured in the exhibition in the dual version of a coeval painting and a tapestry, You will discover celebrated masterpieces traditionally attributed to the Master, and works i by other Flemish, Italian, and Spanish masters, inspired by the Master’s subjects, which had never before been displayed together in a single exhibition

The Garden of Delights

The visitor is taken to  “other” Renaissance,where Bosch influenced great artists such as Titian, Raphael, El Greco and many others, such as  Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Bosch’s most important follower) who stands out and is featured in the exhibition with a dozen engravings inspired by his compositions
such as  Marcantonio Raimondi’s or Agostino Veneziano’s Stregozzo, Albrecht Dürer ‘s Sea, Monster, Aldo Manuzio’s literary-editorial masterpiece, Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, and, finally, the Allegory of human lifeby Giorgio Ghisi.


You will find  paintings, sculptures, tapestries, engravings, bronzes, and ancient volumes, including some 30 rare, bizarre, and precious objects from wunderkammerns.


Another important loan, the result of an exchange with the city of Bruges, is the Master’s monumental work from the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, the Triptych of the Last Judgment,
The itinerary ends with anaudio-visualwork,Tríptiko. A vision inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, a journey through the Flemish painter’s dream world, n immersive, evocative, and bewitching narrative.

The exhibition “Bosch and Another Renaissance”  is the amazing result of a five-year research and it is promoted by the Municipality of Milan – Culture, Palazzo Reale and Castello Sforzesco,
Palazzo Reale, Milan, till March 12th, 2023,






Cesare Zucca
Milanese by birth, lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world. Cesare photographs and writes about cities, cultures, lifestyles and either traditional or innovative gastronomic delights. Cesare meets and interview top chefs from all over the world, ‘steals’ their recipes in a ” non touristy tourist ” style.

Italian version

I sogni, le visioni, le creature di Bosch a Palazzo Reale, Milano

Jheronimus Bosch (1453 -1516),
Il suo linguaggio conosciuto in tutto il mondo, fatto di magia e sogno, visioni oniriche e mondi peculiari, fuochi notturni, creature mostruose, igure fantastiche e scene di stregoneria dalla natura imprevedibile, in un ammaliante incantesimo “mostruoso” e i“grottesco”,

A quel tempo, tuttavia, il classicismo rinascimentale dominava in Italia. Ma è proprio qui che il linguaggio fantastico e onirico di Bosch e dei suoi seguaci, protagonisti di “un altro Rinascimento” trova spazio e incanta.

Il percorso espositivo comprende un centinaio di opere d’arte tra cui i capolavori più impegnativi di Bosch: Il giardino delle delizie ,presentato in mostra nella doppia versione di un dipinto coevo e di un arazzo

The Garden of Delights

. Scoprirete celebri capolavori tradizionalmente attribuiti a Bosch oltre a opere di altri maestri fiamminghi, italiani e spagnoli, ispirati ai soggetti del Maestro, che non erano mai stati esposti insieme in un’unica mostra.


Tra dipinti, sculture, arazzi, incisioni, bronzi e volumi antichi, tra cui circa 30 oggetti rari, bizzarri e preziosi delle <em>wunderkammern,</em> il visitatore viene trasportato in un “altro” Rinascimento dove Bosch influenzò grandi artisti come Tiziano, Raffaello, El Greco, Pieter Bruegel il Vecchio (il più importante seguace di Bosch) che spicca ed è presente in mostra con un decine di incisioni ispirate alle sue composizioni.

Lo Stregozzo di Marcantonio Raimondi, Il Mostro marino di Albrecht Dürer, il capolavoro letterario-editoriale di Aldo Manuzio, l’Hypnerotomachia Poliphili di Francesco Colonna e, infine, l’Allegoria della vita umana di Giorgio Ghisi.

Altro importante prestito, frutto di uno scambio con la città di Bruges, è l’opera monumentale del Maestro proveniente dal Groeningemuseum di Bruges, il Trittico del Giudizio Universale

Il percorso si conclude con un’opera audiovisiva, Tríptiko. Una visione ispirata a Hieronymus Bosch, un viaggio nel mondo onirico del pittore fiammingo, una narrazione coinvolgente, evocativa e ammaliante.

La mostra Bosch e un altro Rinascimento è il sorprendente risultato di una ricerca durata cinque anni ed è promossa dal Comune di Milano – Cultura, Palazzo Reale e Castello Sforzesco,


Palazzo Reale, Milano, fino al 12 marzo 2023,

CESARE ZUCCA Travel, food & lifestyle.
Milanese di nascita, vive tra New York, Milano e il resto del mondo.  Cesare fotografa e racconta città, culture, stili di vita e delizie gastronomiche sia tradizionali che innovative. Incontra e intervista top chefs di tutto il mondo, ‘ruba’ le loro ricette e vi racconta tutto in stile ‘Turista non Turista




Palazzo Reale, Milan. MAX ERNST The angel of the hearth or the triumph of surrealism

English version followed by the Italian version

Text/ Photos by Cesare Zucca

“The psychic sphere, the surreal, the subconscious and metaphysical feelings unrelated to the conditioning of awareness” thus notes Max Ernst, German painter, sculptor, poet and theorist of art and celebrated at Palazzo Reale Milano with a spectacular retrospective, the first in Italy .

.The Angel of the Hearth alludes to the terrible catastrophe that was about to fall in 1939. A condor with a pointed beak bristling with sharp teeth becomes a symbol of a Europe drunk with blood, which will transform its children into monstrous entities.

A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism in Europe. He had no formal artistic training, but his experimental attitude toward the making of art resulted in his invention of frottage—a technique that uses pencil rubbings of textured objects and relief surfaces to create images—and grattage, an analogous technique in which paint is scraped across canvas to reveal the imprints of the objects placed beneath.

“Crazy visionary anticipator, even without a precise or recognizable style of his own” This is the comment of  the Italian Singer/Painter IVAN CATTANEO on the red carpet at the Max Ernst Exhibit at Palazzo Reale , Milan

Max Ernst was a provocateur, a shocking and innovative artist who mined his unconscious for dreamlike imagery that mocked social conventions. These charged sentiments directly fed into his vision of the modern world as irrational, an idea that became the basis of his artwork. Ernst’s artistic vision, along with his humor and verve come through strongly in his Dada and Surrealists works

Max Ernst at Palazzo Reale , Milan till  Feb 26, 2023


“La sfera psichica, il surreale, il subconscio e i sentimenti metafisici slegati dal condizionamento della consapevolezza” così annota Max Ernst, pittore, scultore, poeta e teorico dell’arte,, celebrato nella spettacolare retrospettiva a Palazzo Reale Milano

Max Ernst era un provocatore, un artista scioccante e innovativo che scavava nel suo inconscio immagini oniriche che deridevano le convenzioni sociali. Questi sentimenti carichi alimentarono direttamente la sua visione del mondo moderno come irrazionale, un’idea che divenne la base della sua opera d’arte. La visione artistica di Ernst, insieme al suo umorismo e alla sua verve, emerge con forza nelle sue opere dadaiste e surrealiste

Artista prolifico, Ernst è stato uno dei principali pionieri del movimento Dada e del Surrealismo in Europa. Non aveva una formazione artistica formale, ma il suo atteggiamento sperimentale nei confronti della creazione artistica ha portato alla sua invenzione del frottage, una tecnica che utilizza lo sfregamento a matita di oggetti testurizzati e superfici in rilievo per creare immagini, e grattage, una tecnica analoga in cui la pittura viene raschiata su tela per rivelare le impronte degli oggetti posti sotto.

Pazzo visionario anticipatore ma senza uno stile suo preciso o riconoscibile” così commenta il Cantante/Pittore  IVAN CATTANEO on the red carpet at the Max Ernst Exhibit at Palazzo Reale , Milan.

L’Angelo del focolare allude alla immane catastrofe che stava per piombare, nel 1939, Un  condor con il becco appuntito e irto di denti aguzzi diviene simbolo di una Europa, , ebbra di sangue, che trasformerà  i propri figli in entità mostruose.

Max Ernst at Palazzo Reale , Milano fino al 26, Febbraio 2023

Christmas is coming! Looking for a great gift for your best friend, your parents or simply yourself? What about food? Here the best from Italy

Looking for a great gift for your best friend, your parents or simply jourself?
Text and photos by © Cesare Zucca

While in Milan, I visited the spectacular MILANO GOLOSA 2022, an annual food bonanza featuring the most exquisite, unique, niche colletion of Made in Italy food.
Here my choice of some of the BEST ITALIAN FOOD to enrich your cuisine and bring to your table.
Buon Appetito!








onverre isn’t just an expert assembly of ingredients in a jar, but a
dynamic product rich with soul.

Its glass container holds the story of the chef who has created an exclusive recipe imbued with the flavors of his homeland, sharing it with the world

The authentic taste of the italian cooking tradition sealed in glass…he research of high-quality raw materials to create excellent products is one of the cardinal rules of Bonverre’s philosophy. Only with the very best ingredients is it possible to give rise to Italy’s true regional traditions without compromise. .. BONVERRE isn’t just an expert assembly of ingredients in a jar, but a dynamic product rich with soul. Its glass container holds the story of the chef who has created an exclusive recipe imbued with the flavors of his homeland, sharing it with the world




BIOE’ Extra virgin olive oil is produced exclusively from organic farming, respecting the environment and above all produced with all the precautions that guarantee its excellent quality. Suitable for those who love a healthy diet and quality at the table, Bío extra virgin olive oil enhances all preparations in the kitchen; consumed both cooked and raw, this excellent product has great nutritional value and is also a valuable food for feeding children.




I TAKE TO THE BEAUTIFUL GARDA LAKE , WHERE OIL IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY… OLEARIA CALDERA draws inspiration to offer its customers the best extra virgin oils. The founder’s thirty years of experience and persevering will have given life to a prestigious company, sensitive and attentive to the requests of an increasingly demanding consumer.I looove the antique tiles look of the label , and … what a taste!


LES MOVE TO TUSCANY TO DISCOVER THE BIO OLIVE OIL PRODUCED BY FATTORIA DI MAIANO , just 5 km from Florence. in a breathtaking panorama of green hills with cypress woods and olive trees, and rooms available for a beautiful weekend


MADE BY ANTICO FRANTOIO DI PERMA, In the heart of Basilicata,
where olive trees embellish the hills set among the Lucanian Dolomites, A high-quality product needs to be dressed in beauty. So we decided to give a new look to our long-established oil: ceramic design bottles handmade and painted by Basilicata artisans.





The name itself Fattoria Oliveto testifies to the company’s ancient vocation for the cultivation of olive trees. At an altitude of about 150 meters above sea level centuries-old olive trees are cultivated in the old traditional forms. The varieties are the most common in the Chianti area: Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino and Pendolino.


Not a macaroon, not a Bacio di Dama, not a Giuanduja Creme…. those “loveble ” kisses are the Bacio Ninin, made with the ingredients that come from the teritory, such as Piedmont IGP hazelnuts, stone-ground soft wheat flour type 1, fresh eggs and butter. The generous filling consists of a cremino, prepared with dark chocolate 60% cocoa, Piedmont IGP hazelnut paste and Boubon vanilla from Madagascar



The Ladies of Art

Stories of women between the 16th and 17th centuries.

The rooms of Palazzo Reale in Milan host a unique exhibition dedicated to the greatest female artists who lived between the 16th and 17th centuries:
Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Elisabetta Sirani, Fede Galizia, Giovanna Garzoni and many others.
dedicated to the universe of women, focusing attention on their works, their priorities and their skills.

34 different artists are today rediscovered through over 130 works, testifying to an intense creative vitality all female, in a singular tale of passionate stories of women already “modern”. There are the best known artists but also those less known to the general public; there are new discoveries, such as the Roman nobleman Claudia del Bufalo, who becomes part of this history of female art, and there are works exhibited for the first time such as

the Pala della Madonna dell’Itria by Sofonisba Anguissola, made in Sicily, in Paternò, in 1578 and never left the island before; just as the altarpiece by Rosalia Novelli Madonna Immacolata and San Francesco Borgia leaves Palermo for the first time, the only certain work by the artist, from 1663, from the Church of the Gesù in Casa Professa; or the canvas Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine by Lucrezia Quistelli dated 1576, from the parish church of Silvano Pietra near Pavia.

Under the curatorship of Anna Maria Bava, Gioia Mori and Alain Tapié, the works selected for the exhibition come from 67 different lenders, including – nationally – the Uffizi galleries, the Capodimonte Museum, the Brera Art Gallery, the Sforzesco Castle,

the National Gallery of Umbria, the Borghese Gallery, the Royal Museums of Turin and the National Art Gallery of Bologna and – from abroad – the Musée des Beaux Arts in Marseille and the Muzeum Narodowe in Poznan (Poland).

Artemisia Gentileschi

Daughters, wives, sisters of painters, or sometimes women of religion: the exhibition The Ladies of Art presents not only the great compositional skills of these painters, but – through the telling of their personal stories – looks at the role they play in society of the time, to the success achieved by some of them at the great international courts, to their ability to know how to relate, distinguish and assert themselves by transforming themselves into real entrepreneurs, and to know how to compare themselves with their ideals and different lifestyles.

The Ladies of Art
At the Palazzo Reale, Milan
Until 25 July 2021


Tha magic camera of Paolo di Paolo

Milan, Sozzani Foundation from 5 May to 29 August
The photo exhibit The long sand road dedicated to the holidays of Italians in the magical year 1959 (created under the patronage of Centro Studi Pasolini and in collaboration with Bulgari) is more relevant than ever, closer than ever.

alla Fondazione Sozzani dal 5 maggio al 29 agosto
La mostra La lunga strada di sabbia dedicata alle vacanze degli italiani nel magico anno 1959 realizzata con il patrocino del Centro Studi Pasolini e in collaborazione con Bulgari) più che mai attuale, più che mai vicina.

Fondazione Sozzani


A special apron bearing the words “MILAN KEEPS ON COOKING” to send a positive message to Milan, Italy and the whole world in a moment of immobility and general concern that threatens to deal a blow to everything the catering sector. The idea came to the team of the agency Alessia Rizzetto PR & Communication, specialized in the food & beverage sector “Milan, says Alessia, the dynamic, creative and productive city par excellence, will not stop, rather will continue to” cook “dishes, ideas and opportunities , although the Covid-19 epidemic forced us to change our lifestyle for the moment.
We therefore lend ourselves as a sounding board to a message of optimism that starts from the Milanese chefs and that we hope will reach the public and institutions,
“The goal, continues Alessia, is to relaunch the attractiveness of the made in Italy gastronomy on a national and international scale, of which Milan is one of the undisputed strongholds, without neglecting the precautionary measures imposed by the serious ongoing health emergency.
There are already more than 30 chefs, pizza chefs, pastry chefs and catering entrepreneurs – in alphabetical order, Mattia Accarino, Marco Ambrosino, Enrico Bartolini, Andrea Berton, Cesare Battisti, Eugenio Boer, Fabrizio Borraccino, Daniel Canzian, Nicola Cavallaro, Roberto Di Pinto , Gianluca Fusto, Antonio Guida, Ernst Knam, Filippo La Mantia, Martina Miccione, Davide Oldani,
Mathias Perdomo, Wicky Priyan, Eugenio Roncoroni, Laura Santosuosso, Lorenzo Sirabella, Luigi Taglienti, Matteo Torretta, Viviana Varese, Simone Zanon, Andrea Zazzara
– to have joined the awareness campaign by taking the front line for the recovery of Milan. They were symbolically given an apron to wear and then take a photo to be published on their social networks together with a message using the hashtag #milanokeepsoncooking
In the next few days, moreover, the chefs involved in the initiative will be asked to create video recipes that can be easily replicated at home,  Stay tuned for more info….

The TUTU inside you !

Six dancers take us on a frantic, humorous trip while revisiting iconic moments of classic ballet rigorously in travesti. Six male performers (and one female only, who acts as ‘porteur’) who fear nothing raise this Tutu to the rank of the best dance levels.. The troupe founded by choreographer  Philippe Lafeuille is known for self-irony and the art of mocking but also for the seriousness with which he carries on his belief: the love of dance above all things.
Each scene is a surprise of colors and the performers joyfully transport the audience into their fantastic and theatrical universe. The comic inventions are underlined by the amazing costumes of Corinne Petitpierre, delusional variations of the classic tutu, jackets, hats, duck tails and trousers that allow a bird to dance.

It’s a mix of dance, ballroom, sport and rhythm, academic or acrobatic. It is an ode to dance, where fun meets requirement , like in the iconic ‘Four little swans’ from Swan Lake, transforming their dance into a  fun hip hop mood.Screen Shot 2020-02-21 at 17.36.07.png
In addition to the classical ballet, there are endless shows on ancient songs on the gramophone, typical of the ‘pieces’ by Pina Bausch.
Or the shapes of the gymnasts who at the Olympics amaze us with their incredible technicalities and their slightly fanatical expressions. And the ‘expressive’ solos of throbbing modern dancers, half Valkyries and half Erinyes.
 All declined with grace and skill, with a taste for dialogue with the public capable of enchanting and showing that even our simple gesture, if guided with skill and poetry, can become dance.
Demonstrating that in every human being there is a hidden but ready to go out when you least expect it, a dancing soul.
 From classical ballet to Pina Bausch, to a ‘Bayaderes’ atmosphere  including the “dance of ducks and swans”, Chicos Mambo revisit all types of dance and make fun of the codes of choreography without any taboos, spanning from from classical ballet to contemporary dance to tango, to hip hop even to the Maori tribal dances.
Amazing finale:  Philippe Lafeuille engages the public with a global singing and dancing .
Impossible to resist!
It’s true , there a TUTU inside everybody………
Don’t miss TUTU
Sat 22
Sund 23
February 2020
Teatro Menotti,
Via Ciro Menotti, 11 Milano

Travel, food & lifestyle.
Milanese by birth, Cesare lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world. He travels up and down America, often indulging to escape to Italy and Europe.
Cesare photographs and narrates cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers traditional and innovative gastronomic delights. He meets and interviewes top chefs from all over the world, ‘steal’ their recipes and tell you everything here, in the  ‘non touristy’ style.



Tango originated in Argentina in the late 1800s, invented by the creativity of the first immigrants, especially Italian and French, who sought an escape from hard daily life, to take refuge in music and dance. A new music, almost a fusion of European, American and black rhythms and sounds, but above all a new, bold and transgressive dance.
!t was danced in public housing, in the barrios of the suburbs, in cabarets called perigundines and in the infamous dance halls of San Telmo and Boca, where all the scandalous rules of the new dance were allowed: the sensuality of the embrace, the provocative intertwining of the legs and the bold words of the songs that told the sad reality of survival and the nostalgia for the distance from their land, but they exalted loyalty and brotherhood in adversity. Thus was born the tango, expression of body and mind for a free and intuitive choreography, destined to become part of the identity and culture of the Argentine people.
Tango Fatal is an international tango company directed by Guillermo Berzins, a world-famous Argentine dancer and choreographer, who will involve us in the show Tango y Amor, together with his sensual dancer with great technical and interpretative ability of Marijana Tanasković.
The show, with a strong emotional impact, makes the sensual and mysterious atmospheres of Buenos Aires revive and live on stage, managing to maintain an abstract and suspended in time setting, always current and modern, where dance, the main and fundamental element, is blends harmoniously with the music played by excellent musicians directed by the concertmaster Oksana Peceny Dolenc. Interpreting the romantic and dramatic notes of the most famous tangos and combining the rhythms of different tango periods, the show Tango y Amor is a promise of irresistible seduction!
There will be a dance between men who challenge each other with a knife, the partner as a key character of the tango, the ancient way of dancing of the canyengue tango, without forgetting the contagious energy of Argentine folklore and its gauchos with bombos and boleadoras, up to get to the golden age and finally reach spectacular contemporary choreography crowned by the music of Astor Piazzolla.
On Febryary 17, 2020 at 8.45 pm
Teatro Manzoni, Milan
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 42


250 years of history! Welcome to THE OLDEST STORE IN MILAN

By Rossana Beccari
Photos by Andrea Cerchi
Since its foundation in 1768, GUENZATI has been dealing with the retail sale of fabrics for clothing and linen and household linen, distinguishing itself for the originality and quality of the products offered, gaining popularity on the sophisticated Milanese square.It survives the Habsburg and Napoleonic domination, overcomes the two world conflicts, arrives at the end of the sixties and, with a gradual change of commercial image, becomes the only point of reference for customers who love “British style”.
Crossing the threshold of GUENZATI is a journey back in time: we forget the traffic .. it will seem that we have arrived there in a carriage or buggy … as when the Milanese went to the shops for their purchases, a stone’s throw from the Duomo.
Inside you can still admire the period furniture dating back to the first half of the 19th century, consisting of counters, shelves and desks made with fine national walnut and in perfect Biedermaier style with simple and functional lines.
The welcome is kind and informal, you can really breathe a ‘scent’ of the past,
rigorously ‘Anglo-Saxon’ like the whole assortment which, in addition to a wide choice of tweet and Scottish fabrics offers a vast selection of hats, waistcoats, ties, knitwear, various objects … and the ‘kilts’ cannot be missing.
AWARDED in November 2019 with the certificate of HISTORICAL WORKSHOP and on 7 December 2019 it obtained the coveted AMBROGINO D’ORO awarded every year to the personalities or companies that made Milan great.
GUENZATI is located in via Agnello 8, a few steps from the Duomo

Opening Hours:

​Mon: 15:00 – 19:15

​Tue-Fri: 10:00 – 13:15 / 15:00 – 19:15

Sat: 10:30 – 13:30/ 14:30 – 19:00

Sun: 11:00 – 19:00

Milan. Found Leonardo’s original signature !

On a notary document dated June 8, 1496 , has been found an original signature by a Legend: Leonardo da Vinci.
Now you can see that precious page in an extraordinary exhibit at The State Archive of Milan  Archivio di Stato di Milano, that dedicates a rich exhibition to Leonardo, based on some of his rarest documents, relating to his great works.
The show is accompanied by an engaging multimedia exhibition that will take you to a magical room where the passage of time is represented in a cycle that develops from dawn to night; from birth to Leonardo’s death of Leonardo.
This is the end of an amazing journey through 4 rooms respectively dedicated to:
Leonardo and Milan, The Virgin of the Rocks and the Last Supper, Leonardo and the other works and finally Leonardo’s Signature, taking place at the height of an almost dreamlike, immersive  narration: the spectator is at the center of a loggia delimited by large arches and closed by curtains moved by the wind.
The exhibition is based on extensive research conducted in the Milan State Archive and presents a selection of more than 50 documents, among which some unpublished works of great interest that span a time span of almost six centuries. Transcribed and acquired in high definition, the documents will be linked to the most significant images of the works of the Florentine GeniusTill March 28, 2020
Free admission.
Visits by reservation only
Monday to Thursday: 10.00-18.00
Friday: 10.00-14.00
Visit without reservation
Friday: 14.00-19.00
Saturday: 10.00-19.00
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Text and photos
by Rossana Beccari


A palette of colors characterizes this romantic area near Piazza Risorgimento and
I challenge anyone not to say
“it doesn’t seem to be in Milan” …

But of course we are in Milan close to the center and to be surprised we do not have to look up to count how many floors a skyscraper has and the gardens are not vertical: we are in the Rainbow District, also called the Garden District.


The history of these houses dates back to the end of the nineteenth century: conceived and designed by a building cooperative to meet the needs of the workers who worked in the area, to live in simple and affordable houses; the Workers’ Housing Company still exists and its first intervention was the worker village of Porta Vittoria. Over the years, the inhabitants have started to beautify the neighborhood, preferring to personalize the facades, now owned, with bright colors and pastel tones; the careful maintenance of the gardens completes the redevelopment of the neighborhood … they are said to trigger real challenges to create the most beautiful real estate unit.

Milan, via Abramo Lincoln and adjacent via Franklin.

WELCOME TO THE SAVINI MILANO 1867. A legendary institution for over 150 years

Text and photos by Rossana BeccariGalleria Vittorio Emanuele II was inaugurated on December 31, 1877
As a matter of fact,  the  so called ‘Salotto di Milano’ was already completed in 1867, when the covered passage was completed and so under a transparent roof, among stuccos, mosaics and elegant decorations, the Gallery comes to life with its shops, bars, restaurants and the prestigious headquarters of the Ricordi music publisher.
Once upon a time there was Caffè Gnocchi, then it changed its banner and became the elegant Stocker Brewery until in 1885 the space was purchased by Virginio Savini:
who transformed the venue into a posh living room enriched by beautiful crystal chandeliers, cutlery, table mats, silver food warmers and tailcoat waiters. The success spanned the golden season of the Belle Epoque and the fabulous 1950s.
Savini has always kept its aura of exclusive place but it is also an interesting archive of memories, stories of characters, curiosities of city life … and why not? … a little
of ‘gossip’: like the iconic ‘table 7’ on the first floor, in the most romantic corner with large windows overlooking the Gallery,
Why iconic? Because that spot was reserved only for the ‘Divine Soprano Maria Callas’ often escorted by Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli … and of course Mr.Onassis.
A cocktail is dedicated to her, her favorite, based on bitter herbs, still on the list and could only be called “DIVINA”.
Savini has always been the favorite venue for world-famous singers and composers.
Regular guests were Verdi, Puccini, Toscanini, Eleonora Duse and D’Annunzio At the beginning of the twentieth century,
Savini became a place for Milanese intellectuals, writers and artists: from these tables Filippo Tommaso Marinetti founded and became the leader the group known as ‘The Futurist” followed by legends such as Charlie Chaplin, Ava Gardner, Henry Ford, Hemingway and the iconic grand entrance of Liza Minnelli, who’s limo was allowed to drive into the Galleria and stop right in front of the restaurant entrance! That ‘s a star!
Today the Savini Milano 1867 sign is part of Milan’s historic shops and Italy’s historic venues
1° Piano / 1° Floor

Via Ugo Foscolo, 5
Corner of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Opening Hours
From 12.00 to 2.30pm
and from 7.00pm to 10.30pm.
Closed for lunch on Saturdays and on Sunday
Tel +39 02 72 00 34 33



The musical comedy team DUO BALDO is renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi. Their critically acclaimed performances combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor, and pop culture.
Duo Baldo made their debut with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in 2004.  In February 2006, Duo Baldo won first prize at the National Short Theater Competition in Florence. After winning first prize at the 2009 Musicomicontest, they performed at the opening of the 2010 Salzburg Festival.  Other engagements include the Chamber Music Society of Trieste, as well as appearances in many US cities including Cincinnati, Baltimore, El Paso, and internationally in Milan, Lucca, Lugano (Switzerland), Dubai (UAE), Mexico City, Paunat (France) and tours of China, Taiwan and Japan. Violinist Brad Repp has appeared as violin soloist with José Carreras.  He performs on a 1736 Testore violin.  Aldo Gentileschi performs on whatever piano he can find.After having sold out in Tokyo, Salzburg, Mexico City and Washington, CONdivertimentoCERTO finally returns to Milan to open the Harmonies and Sounds of the Spazio Teatro No’hma exhibition.
Aldo Gentileschi (pianist) and Brad Repp (violinist), “play” with music, humorously interpreting many classic songs from the most famous repertoire.They know how to  add theatrical comedy to the most splendid melodies.
What a repertoire!
From Mozart , to Debussy, to Gershiwn to a funny Per Elisa, to Paganini and John Cage. The violinist Maestro Repp and his ‘victim’ Aldo build an irresistible show that offers a different way of approaching the world of classical music. Jokes, tics, musical provocations become the fabric of the show in which music is combined with fun.
Let’s have them play & party!

Jan 8, 9 2020
Via Andrea Orcagna 2, Milan
Free entrance. To make a reservation

Born in Milan, he lives in New York, Milan and the rest of the world.
Cesare likes to travel up and down America as well as spending time  in Italy and Europe.
For NTT, he photographs and tells about cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights, among interviewing top chefs from all over the world, “stealing” their recipes and  write everything here, in  a perfect ‘ non touristy tourist’ style..



CAPPERI…WHATAPIZZA!…………………….. New location: Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 116, Castellammare di Stabia, Naples.

Capperi… che Pizza!

Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 09.04.24.pngThe info saysNuovo format di pizzeria con pizza gourmet della famiglia Acciaio’.
A new format of making a gourmet pizza. created by the Acciaio Family, who started back in the ’60s  with their boutique food outlet Lucullus in the region of Vesuvius.
This pizza is easily digestible, slightly low in salt, healthy and enhanced by delicious food choices.trough an innovative project created by Acciaios.
Products are selected with great care by Giuseppe, culinary expert, and known for his large contributions in the promotion of the territory, its antique food traditions and its genuine products.




Here the pizza boasts the highest quality of Italian cheeses, artisanal salamis, local tomato varieties and tuna and anchovy conserves. The aromas of this rich territory can be tasted in each bite.


Throughout the years, the selections have been enriched and expanded to include the new era of gourmet pizza. They offer the highest level of product, bursting with freshness and aroma which translates into positive health benefits and heightened digestibility for the consumer. Each recipe includes detailed information about each ingredient highlighting both origins and methods of preparation.The result is equilibrated and delicious in every aspect such as the selection of Piennolo DOP cherry tomatoes, preserved in water and salt, torzelle seeds, capers from Salina, tuna and anchovies from Cetara, broccoli rabe from Vesuvius and figs from the Cilento area, buffalo mozzarella DOP, basil from Genua, are all examples of this careful selection. All products are sourced directly from the producers by the Acciaio family, under the brand name L’Orta di Lucullo and I Sapori di Corbara. They cultivate this high quality by working directly with local farmers who are encouraged to grow and harvest their products with extreme respect for nature.Start to taste a mixture of fried arancini and crosses of potatoes in combination with fried stuffed pasta: lumaconi with buffalo DOP Campania ricotta, Sicilian pistachio pesto, Bologna organic mortadella and rigatoni filled with fresh fiordilatte, buffalo ricotta di DOP, salt and black pepper.For the fourth taste, one of the “Speciali Gourmet”: San Daniele Cascata pizza, whose base is integral. In addition, DOP Campania buffalo mozzarella, San Daniele PDO raw ham, 18/24 months, Caiazzane olives dressed in extra virgin olive oil, basil from Genoa.
Surely the visual impact is good and the taste is good despite the consistency of the dough which, while maintaining lightness, changes Start to taste a mixture of fried arancini and crosses of potatoes in combination with fried stuffed pasta: lumaconi with buffalo DOP Campania ricotta, Sicilian pistachio pesto, Bologna organic mortadella and rigatoni filled with fresh fiordilatte, buffalo ricotta di DOP, salt and black pepper.
Slightly low in salt, although it is a conscious choice of pizzaiolo, the alveolation is there and the dough is light.
For the fourth taste, one of the “Speciali Gourmet”: San Daniele Cascata pizza, whose base is integral.In addition, DOP Campania buffalo mozzarella, San Daniele PDO raw ham, 18/24 months, Caiazzane olives dressed in extra virgin olive oil, basil (28 €).Surely the visual impact is good and the taste is good despite the consistency of the dough which, while maintaining lightness, changes.The format comes from an idea of ​​his and his brother Giuseppe, who works in the catering sector but in imported gastronomic contexts, and the partner Ettore Chiodini. The project aims to bring the quality of pizza to a higher level by rediscovering the traditionality and originality of the past thanks to flour, all type 1 or 2.“I realized that the pizza was getting ruined”, says Giuseppe Acciaio, “for the quality not always adequate of the ingredients, but sometimes also for the inability of the pizza makers to manage them at best”. Precisely for this reason, alongside the project of “redevelopment” of pizza, Giovanni Acciaio puts up Pizza Neapolitan Gourmet, a training school for gourmet pizza chefs, in Moncalieri, of which his son Luigi Acciaio is president.“A pizza maker is not only technical, he must know the products and who produces them, he must study,” says Acciaio. A choice, that of the pizza-maker profession, no longer as a refuge in the face of failures in other fields, but which, on the contrary, becomes a true vocation.



Teatro Carcano, Milan. The World Premiere of QUEEN LEA-R

Last night at Teatro Carcano, Milan the World Premiere of QUEEN LEA-R,
‘en travesti’ musical play freely adapted from by Shakespeare ‘s King Lear
Open scenario, a doll store with a vintage feeling , on stage the Nina’s Drag Queens Company, in a quite intense musical play conceived by Francesco Micheli, renewed and re-written by the British playwright Claire Dowie and the Italian composer Enrico Melozzi.
The plot is about Lea Rossi moved from Italy to Uk in the 70’s and opened a little doll shop, whose sign reads: Lea R.
The elderly lady is now facing the end of her business and of her life. Struggling with her physical decay, she is unable to give way to new generations, and to separate herself from her things, in spite of the efforts of her three daughters and of the loyal friend Mrs. Kent.The Shakespearean themes are now associated to a contemporary, stark atmosphere, where castles become studio apartments, the moors are hospices, and the madness is senile dementia. In this harsh world the old “queen” has no place to go but a hospice and here her epic visions – knights, wars, and medieval kingdoms – come to life.
Queen LeaR deals with some uncomfortable themes of our time, such as old age, illness and death, on the background of a generation with a hard legacy on his back, a generation of children who may never be fathers. Drag queens act, sing, dance, make people laugh and cry, live and stir strong emotions: for this reason a drag queen is the perfect key to translate Shakespeare in a present-day form, innovating it through a contemporary, eclectic and excessive mask. Queen LeaR is also built on the idea of mixing together different kinds of show. The ambition is to put on stage a form of entertainment at the same time popular and high, which takes its strength from the use of pastiche and the break of genres boundaries.
I loved (and the public too) the crazy and unxpected inserts of contemporary hits  from the Italian Franco Battiato’s The Cure to the classic I will survive just to mention few. All songs ‘live’ revealing some pretty good voices. This format is not so new… the iconic Quartetto Cetra, back in the 60’s  or the ilarious Trio used that gig in the past.  The drag queens’ performances as contemporary opera: a theater with a great visual impact and accurate musical drama dealing with capital issues sometime  sacrificing the enjoyment of the show.
Dowie’s libretto has accustomed the audience ( literally populated by Nina’ friends drug queens,) to her ironic and daring plays, where a social urgency coexists with an amazing lightness. Irreverent, poetic, brilliant, Claire Dowie is a rare and original voice on the European scene and her plays have been translated into many languages and seen around the world. Alessio Calciolari, Gianluca Di Lauro, Sax Nicosia, Lorenzo Piccolo, Ulisse Romanò studied in the main Italian Theatre Academy and performed in many productions in Italy and abroad, ranging from theater to opera, dance and cinema.

Queen LeaR will reign on stage till Jan 20





There are several legends about the birth of the milanese panettone.
The most common dates back to the 1476. It tells of Ugo, a young falconer
who worked for Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milan.


The boy was secretly in love with Adalgisa, daughter of Toni, the most popular baker in Milan. To spend more time with her, Ugo managed to become a pastry cook apprentice. Christmas was coming, and Ugo wanted to give a twist to the usual bread.He sweetened up the dough, adding sugar, butter, eggs, raisins and chopped candied fruits, then he cooked and shaped it like a giant muffin.

The novelty instantly became the talk of the town. Everybody wanted the new Toni’s bread (pan de Toni) soon named panettone.

The history goes on
After centuries, the panettone is still the delicious centerpiece at many festive tables,
In 1930, two well-known patisserie masters, Mr. Agostino Panigada and Mr. Giovanni Cova came together to create their first workshop in Viale Nurzia in Milan. Here the real “Panetun di Milan” was born.
Traditional Panettone generously filled with  raisins and candied fruit peel (including a lot of squared oranges that I love) The “Milanese” pound (Libbra) is an ancient unit of measurement of Northern Italy – it corresponds to 1120 grams. Breramilano. have adopted this peculiarity to highlight the prestigious “Milano” line, where the combination between taste and art reaches the most impressive outcome. This line, called BreraMilano1930 (now widely distributed in the US)  is characterized by making use of a special paper, rough to the touch, that takes its stylistic inspiration from their original 1930s collections.  Breramilano produces superior quality confections particularly their Panettone and Pandoro which are known as the undoubted symbols of Milanese confectionary art all over the world. For this company, remembering and respecting the past means keeping alive the ancient confectionary art traditions, respecting old recipes and checking every single ingredient for quality. Their aim is to keep alive the flavors of the past as time goes by.
Finally, like in the old times, this panettone is rigorously hand
wrapped exactly like they use to do in the old Milan …Foto. Cesare Zucca