I know that sometimes I repeat the same things but Milan is a city that I like it and that’s why sometimes I tell you about it. Perhaps I could never live there because I need a walk in the woods without having to take the subway and get to a park. But I am convinced that there are many things to do in Milan and that this city deserves far more than the label from business city. So today I tell you another thing to do in Milan: a very special tour, showing the gourmand side of the city. Are you ready?
Discovery Milan with a food tour
First I have to point out that what I did is a tour organized by tourism professionals that combines things to see in Milan with the culinary tradition of the city. Why visit Milan also gives great satisfaction from the gastronomic point of view and in this town you can taste very different kind of cuisines, from the traditional one to the ethnic one. The prices of the restaurants in Milan are not always cheap, but this city offers many different possibilities, suitable for different tastes and wallets, you just know where to look!
But I, as usual, I got distracted, I was telling you of our food tour of Milan and instead I digressed! Forgive me! 😉 Let’s go back to our Food Tour, because in fact that’s what we did, a tour dedicated to Milan to eat (and drink!) in order to discover the delights that this city has to offer. When there was the opportunity to participate in this tour of Milan, I could not resist, a little ‘because I love discover the city from different points of view and a little’ because, I admit, I love food! 🙂 So a hot and sunny Sunday morning I went to the meeting point as tourist curious to discover Milan.
The meeting point of the group was promising: the “Panificio Pattini” is one of the historical bakery shop Milan that I love since I was a student. The owners opened the first bakery shop not far from Milan and today the shops are four and this family has really contributed to the history of Milan. Our group was very heterogeneous: all foreigners, from the US to Brazil to Austria and Latvia, some were on their business and they decided to visit to Milan before leaving, others were struggling with a romantic couple’s weekend and there was also a family, they too with a small child. We started with tastings with something sweet: baked cream puffs and italian cream roll (named “cannoncini“).
After this dessert we left to the district of Brera, one of the most fascinating of Milan, with its narrow streets full of small restaurants and bars. Nearby, there’s another stop, this time savory and salty indeed: Parma & Co. This is the kingdom of sausages and in particular of two typical Italian product: “Prosciutto di Parma” (that means Parma jam) and “Culatello”. The tasting – accompanied by a bottle of Menabrea Beer – that is a typical beer of Biella City – was appreciated by all, but honestly I had no doubt! More difficult was the test of visual recognition: how do you recognize the Culatello from the Prosciutto di Parma by simply observing them? For some it was not easy but I suspect it was an excuse to eat a little ‘! 😉
Just few steps and here we are at the new stage: the “Pastificio Moscova“. This small pasta factory is very old and prepares fresh pasta since 1924. It is a small shop and one of the specialties are “mondeghili“. If you do not know what are the “mondeghili” I try to explain you: they are small meat balls made with meat, egg, bread soaked in milk, lemon, garlic, parsley and ham, fried and then put into the oven. Their history is very old saw that originate in Arab territory and were introduced in Milan in the days of Spanish domination and I must say that those of Pastificio Moscova are really good.
Just steps from the bakery and here is another stop: the “Bistrot Take Away“. People come here for a quick meal, since it is one of the first restaurants to take away Milan or for an aperitif. We stopped for a drink and what’s better than drinking a bicicletta cocktail (the translation of the name of this Italian cocktail is “bicycle”). The bicycle is like a Spritz, but made with Campari. The reason for his strange name seems to date back to an unwary customer who, after having abused, has moved away to return home riding his bike. It seems that it is not able to get very healthy to your destination … So if you want to prove you are warned!
With belly already full at that point we went away for the last three stages: the first ice cream of the real ones made according to ancient tradition, then a glass of wine in one of the most historic wine of Milan, the “Enoteca Cotti” and finally a slice of pizza at“Princi” Bakery. Well “Princi” is one of the stages fixed for the greedy ones in the city, a place to eat in Milan a slice of pizza really good in a chic minimalist atmosphere. In my opinion this is one of those very successful mergers typical of Milan, with the colors of bread and pizzas that stand out against the dark wood decor of the room.
Our Food Tour of Milan finished in Corso Como Street, with a photo, a slice of pizza and the skyline of New Milan in the background. Thanks to this tour I discovered the city with a different perspective and I enjoyed some of the delicacies Italic looking sideways at the expressions of my companions. The balance is that I love Milan and I really love when other people discover this city because it worths a visit!
Practical information to participate in a Food Tour in Milan
As I have said many times there are so many things to do in Milan but if you are passionate about gastronomy a tour like this allows you to see the city from a different perspective, combining the history of the city to its gastronomic side. The tour we attended us is organized by Milan Food Tour and takes about three hours, starting from the area of Brera Distric and ending in Corso Como Street. We took the tour in English but are also organized tours in other languages, depending on the composition of the group of participants, and is suitable for families with children. If you want more details to attend a Food Tour of Milan you can find at this link but if you are looking for ideas for visiting Milan you can find some ideas here.