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A Morning in Milan

My friend and I packed in Milan’s most iconic sights / food in one morning before taking the train to Cinque Terre.

Milan’s Duomo…..

We had breakfast in  Cafe Motta, across from the Duomo… The sign says the cafe has been around since 1928….. but the receipt says Autogrill!  Autogrill is the company behind Italian highway rest-stops and it makes Italian rest-stops in a league of its own.  It has restaurants (self-service and sitting), coffee bar and supermarket.  When we were in Italy last time, we stopped in so many Autogrills on the highways.  I was shocked when I saw that Autogrill owns this cafe.

eating breakfast like the italians…. coffee and pastry from the counter…We continued on our quick-paced walk…..

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II….

By 11am.. we were onto our second “meal” of the day! We went to Luini for their famous panzerotti.

they actually have a lot of variety of baked goods / sandwiches….

this is the famous panzerotti…… fried dough filled with tomato sauce and mozarella…

 it’s sooooo good! slightly crispy on the outside, chewy dough, and hot melty cheese… slightly oily though…

we also tried a baked panazotti with ham and cheese but the fried version was a lot better…

We then continued to Via Montenapoleone, the street filled with designer shops… and Cova, one of my fav cake cafe! This is another one of my food “pilgrimages” as Cova originated in Milan.

enjoying our coffee like the Italians…

They also have bite-sized pastries…


Motta Caffè Bar Milano 1928

Piazza Duomo

Luini Panzerotti

Via Santa Radegonda, 16, Milano, Italy


Via Monte Napoleone, 8, Milano, Italy


Eataly – Milan, Italy

Just came back from a whirlwind trip to Italy and France with the bestie.  I arrived in Milan earlier than her, so I spent the day exploring what I missed in Milan last time.   After dropping off my bags, I headed to Eataly for lunch.  I’ve been to the Eataly in New York and I wanted to try it in Italy.

Milan’s Eataly is ginormous… 3 whole floors dedicated to restaurants and groceries!

1 euro espresso…. the first of the daily espressos on the trip.. oh how much I miss this type of morning wake-up!

 prosciutto and mozzarella piadina….  Italian flatbread..

chocolate and vanilla gelato….

After my heavy lunch, I walked it off by touring Milan on foot!

I managed to get tickets to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper!!!! It’s one of the hardest tickets I’ve ever gotten as most of the tickets get snatched up by ticket scalpers… Each time slot has only 15 minutes of viewing time.  It really is quite incredible to see such a legendary masterpiece in real life.. and in such close proximity too.

Afterwards, I met up with my friend and decided to head to Eataly again for dinner.  We chose the pasta restaurant…. I’m guessing it’s a type of fast food restaurant as they provided paper cups for water and bread in paper bags… which isn’t quite environmentally-friendly…  Even though this was supposed to be a fast “eat-and-leave” restaurant, we waited 40 minutes before our order was taken!  The servers kept missing us (accidentally, they claimed) so as compensation, they gave us ONE coke to share.  O! and this was after they made us switch tables.  By the time the food came, we were NOT AT ALL happy.  From sitting down to the food arriving, it was about an hour..

tortelloni di ricotta al profumo di limone, con spadellata di verdure….. this was pasta stuffed with cheese and vegetable.. this was an interesting pasta because of the lemon sauce…

la pasta di Gragnano con pomodoro ebufala di “Roberto Battaglia”…… this was BAD… the pasta wasn’t even fully cooked….  at this point, we were so disappointed with the service and the food, that we didn’t finish and left.

We were soooo disappointed with Eataly that my friend said she won’t ever visit it again…

FAIM? un peu….


Address: Piazza XXV Aprile, 10, 20124 Milano, Italy
Phone:+39 02 4949 7301