Exploring life and the world with wide eyes and curiosity.

Home Away from Home in Milano

Stormy, wild wind and rain last night here in Milano. End of summer, early fall. But I arrived four days ago to a day that was fresh and bright and comfortable. The kind of day that makes one relax into the perfection of the moment. I had returned to my home-away-from-home.

Milano-Ringhiera-d'Uva

This is the eighth year that I’ve made this “pilgrimage”, here to fill myself up with inspiration through a life so very much unlike that which I lead the rest of the year. Everything is different: my pace, my friends, my menu choices. Milano’s very urban surroundings yield proximity to everything, both an historic and contemporary built environment, the contrast of chaos and beauty. As a visual person, artist and designer, my eyes just can’t get enough of this place, this Italy. Details at every turn spark me. My time here in Italy, making Milano my home, adds to my perspective, shapes me and gives me something to take back to my Burien. I am so well-fed here, in all ways.

Eating Well

Caffe-Torrefazione

“Un caffè normale” – This is what you get if you order coffee. It’s the beginning of each day and the end of every meal.

Caffe-Frohe

Un caffè in an 1850’s cup.

Carlotta Cafè

The Carlotta Cafè has been a favorite of mine for the last 8 years.
They are dear people that I rush to see when I arrive.

Carlotta-Erik-Porchetta

Son, Erik, has learned the family recipes at the Carlotta Cafè, (named after his sister), and carves a whole, roasted pig for a large dinner party. Ninni, Erik’s father, stands in the background.

Carlotta-Piovra-Alici

Insalata Tiepida di Piovra e Patate – Warm Salad of Octopus and Potatoes. My favorite! Fresh, marinated anchovies in the background.

Al Coniglio Bianco – The White Rabbit

A favorite, wonderful place along the Grand Canal – Naviglio Grande – owned by friend, Giampiero, and serving great food and wine: Al Coniglio Bianco.

Coniglio-Night-Panorama

Al Coniglio Bianco offers seating outside, along the canal, as well as within its intimate, cozy interior.

Coniglio-Foodstuffs

Foodstuffs gathered at Al Coniglio Bianco.

Coniglio-Padella-Cozze-Vongole-Scampi

A large skillet of mussels, clams and scampi on paccheri pasta with a simple, fresh tomato sauce. (Frankie’s, in Burien, should take a lesson…)

Coniglio-Napkin

After plucking shellfish and crustaceans in their lovely sauce, the napkin was rather soiled.

Al Pont de Ferr – “At the Iron Bridge”

Pont-de-Ferr-Pane

A wonderful, and unusual, selection of breads on the table at Pont de Ferr.

Pont-de-Ferr-Aperitivo

Appetizers of a slider, stuff olive and patè morsel.

Pont-de-Ferr-Risotto-Pesto

Risotto with pesto and green beans.

Pont-de-Ferr-Tortelli

Tortelli with zabaglione and fresh peas.

NervettiLO

Part of a mid-day snack: “Nervetti”, a pressed loaf of beef tendons, nerves and cartilage, prepared with onions. (I think it’d be good on pizza.)

Time with Friends

Luigi-Loredano-Renato

Painter friends along the canal: Luigi Marchesi, Loredano Rizzotti and Renato Giananti.

Renato-Loredano-Maureen

Renato, Loredano, Maureen

Lara

Dear Lara Bezzecchi lives along the canal.

Leave a Reply

    No Twitter Messages.