OCCUPATION: Publisher and Editorial Director, Tar magazine; Founder and Managing Partner, Memoria
MY STYLE: A mix of vintage, ethnic, and basic, including J Brand jeans, vintage YSL inherited from my mother, Giambattista Valli, Prada, and Marc Jacobs. I also love SUNO and Duro Olowu.
I LOVE MILAN BECAUSE: It is such a cozy city to raise your children in. It isn’t too big, and allows children to grow up with a sense of “small village” or “quartiere” (no English word describes the sense of community like this Italian one does). It is a very easy city to navigate; everything is reachable by bike or foot.
This more-than-200-year-old Genoan bakery first became famous for adding butter and sugar to its bread to create a more pastry-like loaf. Since its inception, the confectionary bakery has grown to a full chain throughout Northern Italy. Kids love the slightly sweet signature breads, which are great for breakfast.
For 50 years, this Mirabello institution has been a hub for journalists, artists, literati, and fashion industry insiders. We love stopping in for a light weekday lunch with a friend or just a newspaper. The pappardelle fresche con zucchini is not to be missed, and—on a more indulgent note—we love the fritto di mozzarella e funghi porcini.
This fine boutique is all about attracting a little more attention to the sleeves! Villa’s unique cufflinks are made from sapphires, pearls and other glitzy yet sophisticated materials. The store also stocks a fine selection of modern and antique watches.
This world-famous museum is the only of its kind apart from the Cairo Museum that is solely dedicated to the study of Egyptian life and culture. It was founded in 1824 when King Carlo Felice bought 5,268 artifacts from diplomat and antiquarian Bernardino Drovetti.
This Milanese textile brand creates understated but beautiful throws, pillows, tablecloths, napkins, and bedding. Each piece in the C&C collection is finished by hand—down to the subtly wrought flourishes—and the attention to detail really shows.
10 Corso Como
Carla Sozzani—sister of Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani—founded 10 Corso Como in 1990 as a physical experience of a magazine, with the gallery and bookshop at its core. Soon after, it expanded to include a high-end fashion boutique, café, and a small hotel. The Corso Como center promotes a “slow shopping” mentality, which encourages the intersection between commerce and culture.
This patisserie and ice cream parlor is known for fantastic baked goods, including Ligurian-style focaccia. In addition to the gelato (made from all-natural ingredients), we also love the brioche, shortbread cookies, and strawberry cupcakes.
Giardini di Via Palestro
Perhaps better known as Giardini di Palestro, this romantic and heavily wooded park is the oldest in town. Within its maze of sculptures and trees, you’ll also find pony rides, trails for walking and biking, and a café for a mid-stroll snack. If that’s not enough, you can continue your walk through the gardens of the Villa Reale and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.
This Italian superstore has every foodstuff you could ever crave, from fresh pasta to creamy cheeses to the widest selection of truffles you’ll find during the short season. Apart from the boutique grocery sections, Eataly is home to various restaurants offering glasses of wine and hot plates. If the crowds are too overwhelming to eat onsite, however, you can always get the makings for a delicious picnic and head outdoors.
Ice & Coffee
This gelateria and coffee shop in Piazza Velasca is one of our faves for a quick pick-me-up. The coffee is consistently delicious, and—if we’re feeling a little devilish—we may combine it with a frozen treat (namely, gelato al pistachio!).
For half a century, Pupi Solari has been a leading name in elegant, classic clothing for children. Made with top-notch materials, the sweetly construed garments have been worn by generations’ worth of upper-crust Milanese children. Thanks to the affixed tearoom and adorable play area, our kids also love visiting the storefront on Via Lorenzo Mascheroni.
Nobu, a household name in many major cities, is a center for fashionable urban activity in Milan. In conjunction with Armani, whose Casa line elegantly fills the dining room, this worldwide sushi phenomenon is still delightful. (Black cod with miso, beef toban yaki, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño) We don’t know what is better: the great dishes like black cod with miso, or Nobu’s bar scene.
This Milanese staple is the best in the city for menswear classics, cashmere gifts, and everyday items. Its range of ties and knitwear is superb, as is the selection of fine suits. A well-versed staff can help you find the perfect fit, too.
You can often spot a Martinelli while meandering around one of Milan’s famous giardini. The most classic model is naby blue, complete with handcrafted details and an obvious elegance, has been a popular choice amongst parents since the 1930s. We also love Martinelli’s accompanying linens, which fit perfectly into the bassinet models.