Where to Eat and Drink
According to Jonathan Franzen, the pressure to fall in love in Paris is so strong that it becomes almost inhibiting. The same could be said for Fioraio Bianchi (above left), which seems to have been designed for romantic, whispered dinners.
Latteria San Marco
Authentic Italian cooking courtesy of Arturo and his wife, who wakes at 6am every morning to peel and cook fresh vegetables for lunch. Its cosy, nostalgic style (above right) is an ode to the aesthetic taste of all the grandmothers of Italy.
The Bar at Ralph Lauren
Milanese are excited by the new Ralph Lauren bar, housed in an historic residence where Carla Fracci once lived. The designer was involved in every detail, from the placement of furniture to the playful cocktail mixers (tiny Polo mallets).
Tratorria Milanese Dal 1933
For anyone in the difficult position of having to defend Milanese cuisine, this is the place to bring guests. Apart from a few concessions, all the dishes are decidedly Lombard. You’ll find mondeghili, costoletta, valdostana and risotto with ossobuco. Don’t let the title ‘trattoria’ fool you: the staff wear bow ties, there’s a good wine list and it's popular with families when there's something to celebrate.