Ph courtesy of Giovanni Cova & C
Despite being renowned as the artists’ quarter, a design district and international hub of beauty and culture, Brera is also a foodies’ paradise: on our blog we will reveal the 5 pastry shops in this part of the city where you can buy the best products of the Milanese tradition – either straight from the shop or delivered to your home – from panettone to veneziana, not to mention tea biscuits and other creative reinterpretations. Take note!
Giovanni Cova & C
An authentic institution when it comes to the typical Christmas cakes and pastries of the Lombardy tradition, this pastry shop opened in the Brera district in1930 at no.10 Via Cusani and continues, as it did then, to fill the streets of Milan with its enticing aromas. The pièce de résistance of Christmas 2020, the 90th in the history of this establishment, is a panettone with a creamy filling and substantial pieces of glazed chestnuts, even though the firm’s traditional lines, with their elegant packaging, used to wrap the veneziana and assorted biscuits, encounter everyone’s tastes.
French butter, dried fruit, candied orange and vanilla pods give Baunilla’s panettone specialities the typical fragrance of a Milanese Christmas. The creativity of this pastry shop – a member of the Too Good to Go circuit, aimed at eliminating food waste – is expressed in such delights as the panettone with raisins and orange, the version with dark chocolate or the one with chocolate and sour cherries.
Il Cannolo Sua Eccellenza
The name recalls Caltanissetta, rather than the city of Milan. However, the attraction of this bold pastry shop in Corso Garibaldi 51 – along with products of the Sicilian tradition: from cassata to the iconic granita – are the gluten free assorted pastries, presented in delightful tea boxes, and panettone, available in three variants: traditional with raisins and candied fruit, covered with Bronte pistachio icing, or decorated with figs and walnuts. And for the particularly sweet toothed, it is possible, on request, to enrich Christmas cakes and pastries with the filling normally used for cannoli, which adds up to the sweetest of encounters between the Milanese tradition and Sicilian creativity.
At no. 5 in Via Correnti, Christmas is an opportunity to drool over the display, in anticipation of actually satisfying the palate: the little Christmas trees entirely made from chocolate by Enrico Rizzi – available in dark or milk chocolate, but also in the ‘caramel blonde’ and ‘Ruby rose’ versions – make a spectacular and delicious gift, as do the Advent calendar and Christmas garland decorated with 24 little pouches, each one containing a surprise treat, such as a pralines, toffees, sugar almonds and gianduiotti chocolates. Don’t miss the home-made Panettone with Cider and Apples, a long-fermentation limited edition product.
Di Viole di Liquirizia
This well-stocked little bakery at no. 10 Via Madonnina produces cakes and biscuits of spicy aromas and little single-portion desserts inspired by US pastry-making traditions. Nevertheless there is no lack of products belonging to the Milanese tradition. The novelties for Christmas 2020 – along with iced Christmas tree-shaped biscuits and little cakes sprinkled with snowy glitter – is the panettone cup cake, made from an orange-flavoured dough and stuffed with candied fruit, topped with a cream cheese aromatized with the flavour of the most iconic of Lombardy’s oven baked products.
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