AS SWEET AS A RAINBOW… WITH GIANLUCA

The latest creation by FUSTO Milano is a kit of 7 natural fruit compotes, which reflect the colors of the rainbow, to be shared with anyone you love
Milan.  Bread, love and … jam! This is the ideal recipe to celebrate Milan Pride Week.
The pastry chef Gianluca Fusto pays tribute to love in all its forms and in all its flavors by presenting the Rainbow Kit: a selection of 7 spoonfuls, each in a rainbow color, for breakfasts and snacks to be shared with the own partner. Last creation of FUSTO Milano in the new laboratory located just a few steps from the Porta Venezia Rainbow District.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
We move from more contemporary combinations, such as blueberries, ginger and lemon; avocado, green apple and basil or pineapple, mango and passion fruit, with the purest and most “simple” flavors, such as strawberry and lemon. There are also some signature combinations of Gianluca Fusto’s pastry: purple apricot, passion fruit and vanilla or peach snuffbox, lychee and raspberry. All spoonful compotes enhance the natural colors of the fruit, contain a very low amount of added sugar and are without dyes or preservatives.
“Made with love: SPREAD LOVE!” – this is the claim of Gianluca Fusto and partner Linda Massignan.
The Rainbow Kit including all 7 compounds in the colors of the rainbow costs 65 €, but they can also be purchased individually at a cost of 10 €.
The product belongs to the Elements line, which will soon expand with other interesting creations by the pastry chef: biscuits, pralines, chocolates and single portions.
To book delivery or takeaway, simply send an email to
contact@gianlucafusto.com
or a WhatsApp message to 345/4611227.

CESARE ZUCCA
Travel, food & lifestyle.
Milanese by birth, lives between NY, Milan and the rest of the world. Cesare photographs and narrates cities, cultures, lifestyles, top chefs, and discovers traditional and innovative gastronomic delights  to tell you everything here,
in his non-touristy style.

 

MILAN KEEPS ON COOKING!

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
at
Teatro Menotti,
Via Ciro Menotti, 11 Milano

CESARE ZUCCA
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 FATAL COMPANY in “TANGO Y AMOR”

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

https://www.dittaguenzati.com/

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 !

Milan
EXHIBIT “
NERO SU BIANCO” .(BLACK ON WHITE)
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
www.archiviodistatomilano.beniculturali.it
Free tickets booking:  as-mi.comunicazione@beniculturali.it

 

 

 

CESARE ZUCCA
Travel, food & lifestyle.
Milanese di nascita, vive tra New York, Milano e il resto del mondo. Viaggia su e giù per l’America e si concede evasioni in Italia e in Europa.
Per WEEKEND PREMIUM fotografa e racconta città, culture, stili di vita e scopre delizie gastronomiche sia tradizionali che innovative.
Incontra e intervista top chefs di tutto il mondo, ‘ruba’ le loro ricette e vi racconta il tutto qui, in stile ‘turista non turista’.

 

MILAN, A SURPRISING RAINBOW QUARTER

 

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
SAVINI MILANO
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

ROCKING ON STAGE: ELVIS MEETS JIMI

DUO BALDO, WHEN MUSIC AND FUN HAVE A PARTY…


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
At TEATRO NO’HMA TERESA POMODORO
Via Andrea Orcagna 2, Milan
Free entrance. To make a reservation
http://www.nohma.org/

CESARE ZUCCA
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
Here INFO AND TICKETS
https://www.teatrocarcano.com/

 

 

 

THE LEGEND OF THE MILANESE PANETTONE

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.

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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

 

 

 

 

X-RAYING THE MAESTRO

 

 

 

Palazzo Reale, Milan.
Locals and visitors are patiently queuing for  “Dentro Caravaggio (Inside Caravaggio) a splendid exhibit featuring 18 masterworks by Caravaggio.

 

The show is rendered unique not only because it will present to the public works from the leading Italian museums and equally important museums abroad, but also by the fact that Caravaggio’s canvases will be flanked by their respective X-radiographic images The exhibition reveals, from a new and previously unexplored perspective, the years of Caravaggio’s extraordinary artistic work through two new approaches to reading: diagnostic research and new documentary research..
Tthe audience will be able to discover through the innovative use of multimedia equipment the artist’s path from his initial thought to the final completion of the work. Through infrared reflectography and x-rays that can penetrate through different layers below the surface of the painting, it is now possible to follow the creative process of Caravaggio, his “second thoughts”, refinements, and adjustments in creating the final composition.

A classic example would be the San Giovannino of Palazzo Corsini, which allows us to see the addition of a lamb, which was subsequently removed.
‘Inside Caravaggio’ will allow the incomparable creative path of Caravaggio to be revealed to the general public and it will also be a great opportunity for scholars to perform in-depth analyses. This fascinating journey will enable visitors to follow and discover, through the innovative use of multimedia technologies, the artist’s creative process, from the initial idea to the finished work, giving them the ability to understand not only the process of realization, but also to deep inside the mind of his genius.

 

 

To conclude your journey a great gift shop, where you will find the best souvenirs. From calendars to earrings, to bags to books.

‘DENTRO CARAVAGGIO’ at Palazzo Reale in Milan till february 4th.
LINK TO info

 

 

Milan: At Sforza Castle, Vivaldi meets Piazzolla

Summer in the City ?
New York Central Park offers Shakespeare in the Park,
London Hyde Park rocks with
Justin Bieber and
Phil Collins performances.
What about Milan?
The city gets an amazing location, the beautiful Park where the Sforza Castle stills reigns as it did for centuries .
Every night in the Cortile delle Armi the stage vibrates of music and emotions.
Last night the program hosted a quite surprising mix of different musics,
Last night
Vivaldi met Piazzolla
Two centuries, two continents and more than ten thousand kilometers are the physical and temporal distances separating the two artists: Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla in dialogue with their respective “Four Seasons”. From the brilliant and balanced Venetian baroque to Piazzolla’s tormented Las cuatro estaciones porteñas
The unprecedented combo started from the famous Vivaldi’ Spring  followed by Piazzolla Fall, then interacting with all the other seasons by both the musicians.
A great night, Thanks to the magic violin of Francesco
Manara from Teatro alla Scala and the
Milano Chamber Orchestra directed by Lorenzo Passerini
Tonight a new show:  From Summertime to Roman holidays, a compilation of the best original songs from iconic movies. and more…. such as Jobim’s Desafinado, Callin you from Bagdad cafè, Streisand’s The way we were , Over the rainbow, and much more
all performed by Quartet Archimia.

HIDDEN UNDERGROUND JEWEL IN MILAN

45741-Cripta_Santo_SepolcroMilan, exactly in the spot that a Leonardo‘s drawing described as an ideal center of the plant in the city,  it was reopened to the public the impressive underground church of Santo Sepolcro. Here it was built a copy of the alleged “tomb of Christ”, was brought here the land of Jerusalem after the First Crusade.
Here Saint Carlo Borromeo came to pray.
Milan returns to show its history and its beauty.

See the 360 video
https://youtu.be/JVPVqssdO6c

 

 

Chic, Tasty & Sparkling? Berlucchi Lounge at Duomo !

Milan, April 6th Berlucchi from 7.30 pm at Mercato Duomo IMG_9347 copy
Davide
Oltolini IMG_9356 copywill host a wine tasting featuring the classic
Brut, Rosee and Saten Franciacorta Berlucchi ’61,
and including the new Nature, with five exquisite dishes large tapas like,IMG_9337 copy spanning from cold cuts, to veggies, to cheeses that representing
the Italian excellence in the world of gastronomy. IMG_9344 copy
The event will take place in the beautiful Franciacorta Lounge
right on Piazza Duomo.IMG_9348 copyIMG_9345 copy35 EurosIMG_9336 copy

Milan gets greedy for food. MILANO GOLOSA 2015 will satisfy everyone appetite.

3 days of gourmet food, cooking shows, meetings and…did I say food?milano golosaThat’s the succulent program of the 4th edition of Milano Golosa, a gourmet bonanza
that will invade Milan Oct 3-5
at Palazzo Del Ghiaccio, located in Via PiranesI.mi go This annual event, created by Davide Paolini, the soul of the respected www.gastronauta.it
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Before the show starts, the program includes several  “Fuori Milano Golosa events where great chefs will create new and traditional dishes.
Amazing locations too, starting from the trendy furniture store Dilmos, where 7 producers will offer the best of their production during an aperitivo, that will combine excellences between design and food.dilmosThen to the next door I Salentini Restaurant, located in Via Solferino 44, which is hosting a tasting menu featuring specialties made with local product from the Salento area, including the celebrated pasticciotto, a traditional sweet made of shortcrust pastry filled with cream or chocolate.pasticciotto

 

 

 

If you want to know ( and taste) more of Milano Golosa, check info at
www.milanogolosa.it

 

 

“Happy Hour” on the grass with…Leonardo

Milan i is famous for its “aperitivo-happy hour” 3 (32 of 66)a feast of drinks, cocktails and wines, usually escorted by a generous buffet , tapas and pass trough finger food.
One of the best aperitivo is promoted by the flamboyant socialite Maurice Dotta, who has the ability to discover hidden places and amazing locations and transform them into a fashionable happy hour venue. Here people can meet, dance, drink and of course taste delicious food and hoers d’oeuvres from the local Chef. Maurice latest creature is called Apero and it’s located in a green oasis in the heart of Milan: the Orti di Leonardo Da Vinci, the beautiful garden of the 15th century Palazzo delle Stelline.PEOLE)
The party starts at 7.00 pm and goes till late. Guests are invited to relax on the grass, decorated with colorful blankets, comfy pillows and beach umbrellas. The Dj is spinning an interesting mixture of classics, retro and contemporary music, from the disco era to the newest avant-garde.vegan buffet at apero copyThe rich buffet is vegan friendly. I tried a vegetable couscous, spiced with yellow curry and an excellent farro salad with beans, carrots and red peppers.couscous copy farro salad copyPrices: Drinks are 7 Euros, the buffet 5 Euros. If you prefer a seated dinner, the Orti di Leonardo Restaurant has outdoor and offers a small menu with appetizers, entrees, fish and meat.

There II tried the tentacoli polpo, grilled octopus copya tender grilled octopus served with pachino tomatoes and a mozzarella called burrata di Andria with arugula and San Marzano tomatoes over a bruschetta bread.burrata e buschtta copy
I also suggest the classic risotto Milanese with saffron pistils or the vegan friendly pasta paccheri di Gragnano with vegetables sauce. branzino copyIf you are into fish, try the tasty grilled branzino and vegetables. Not to mention the cotoletta alla milanese, a must for a venue that even Leonardo would have loved during his staying in Milan!

Photos by Margarita Zurcova