What you absolutely buy and taste around Milan’s piazza Duomo, in the heart of the city.
The pastry shop, La Pasticceria F.lli Errani at the start of via Torino, which specialises in Sicilian and Neapolitan sweets: marturana pastry, cassate, pastiera, flaky pastries and all kinds of marzipan delights in delightful, colourful shapes.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with stops in the legendary cafés, Biffi and Savini.
The panzerotti (tomato-and-cheese-filled fried dumplings) from Luini in via Santa Radegonda, 16
Da Lorenzi in via Monte Napoleone, 9 you’ll find household utensils, chic gourmet objects and knives from all over the world.
The best Italian products can all be found on the entire 7th floor of the Rinascente department store, reserved for high-quality foods. Seven days a week, and even for the night-owls, this is the city’s only food market in the centre that’s open until midnight. 99% of the 1,000 present are of Italian origin, with some interesting deviations (like the organic line from Duchy Originals, signed by Prince Charles). Prestigious oils and vinegars, hand-wrapped pasta, sauces and jams from starred chefs. They also carry over 1,500 wine labels.
Photo courtesy Marco Rimoldi and Davide "Dodo" Oliva_Flickr