Fashion Editor at La Repubblica, Simone Marchetti is not only catnip for street style photographers but also the most stylish man in town with a bomb of a brain to boot. His witty and intelligent fashion reporting has cemented him as one of the top authorities in the industry and his penchant for prints makes him one of our favorite maximalists out there. Here, he reveals his favorite spots in the city and those that keep him looking so darn good.
I always take a café at Il Bar Brera, (Via Brera 23) just in front of the Accademia di Brera, one of the most magical museums in the city because it has great people watching. I will always love Marchesi in Corso Magenta (Via Santa Marta alla Porta 11a) for a true slice of Milanese life. They also have the best croissants in town.
This is hard! There are so many that I love. When I’m in the mood for pampering, I will take the fritto misto with a glass of champagne at Fiorai Bianchi (Via Montebello 7). I also have a soft spot for the counter at Giacomo Bistro (Via Sottocorno 6). Make sure you get Eugenio the barman to make you a violet gin and saffron tonic.
I would have to say Fondazione Prada (via Largo Isarco 2). I love to sit outside and look at the people in the museum through the transparent glass windows. And of course there is Teatro alla Scala (Via Folodrammatici 2) which is so magical when it is still empty and the orchestra is lining up before a show. The best views are from the roof of the Duomo (Piazza Duomo) and Gio Ponti’s Torre Branca (Viale Milton). I also love the space at Gallery Lia Rumma (Via Stilicone 19).
For a casual dinner in Brera where I live, Bagutta (Via Bagutta 14) or Torre di Pisa (Via Fiori Chiari 21) where the menu is always changing depending on what is fresh that day. I always take a riso al salto and zabaione for dessert at Antica Trattoria della Pesa (Viale Pasubio 10). If I am sick of Italian, I go to Yuzu (Via Lazzaro Papi 2) for amazing sushi.
Obviously there is Plastic (Via Bargono 15) which is inevitable. For a drink I like the tiny Pravda Vodka Bar (Via Carlo Vittadini 6). Get Benji or Frog to make you a cocktail- I always take a vodka sour with ginger or fresh strawberries.