Sunday Afternoon at Caffè Marchesi

Milan (Italy). This is a luxury place: for its products, for its position and – it must be told – for its prices. But I think it is worth taking a break at the cafè Pasticceria Marchesi, recently opened in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by the fashion brand Prada – which has bought the brand of this historical pastry shop. Especially in winter, when it’s cold and a refreshing pause doesn’t hurt.

The story of this place began in 1824, when the Marchesi family opened a pastry shop inside an elegant eighteenth century building in Corso Magenta in Milan, where it continued its activity till the beginning of 900. Thereafter, Mr. Angelo Marchesi expanded his range of products creating an authentic cafe, with home made pastries, cocktails and the typical Milanese aperitif.

Recently, as anticipated here above, the fashion house Prada has bought the brand “Pasticceria Marchesi” and has opened two new locations (in addition to the historical one in Corso Magenta). One in Via Montenapoleone – indisputable the most fashion street in Milan; the other one in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, from whose windows I took other photo.

Recently, I learned that Prada is going to open in Milan downtown one of its Foundation subsidiary, which will be exclusively focused on photography. If true, it’s really a great news!

Milano. E’ un posto di lusso: nei prodotti, nella posizione, e – va detto – nei prezzi. Ma penso che una sosta al caffè Pasticceria Marchesi in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, da poco aperto dalla griffe di moda Prada che ha rilevato il marchio di questo storico negozio, valga la pena – specialmente d’inverno, quando fa freddo e una pausa ristoratrice non guasta.

La storia di questo caffè inizia nel 1824, quando all’interno di un elegante edificio settecentesco in Corso Magenta a Milano viene aperta una pasticceria che continuerà la sua attività di produzione dolciaria fino ai primi anni del Novecento. Successivamente, Angelo Marchesi amplia la sua gamma di prodotti e dà vita a un vero e proprio caffè che oltre a offire dolci di produzione propria, prepara cocktail per l’aperitivo milanese.

Da poco, come detto sopra, la casa di moda Prada ha comprato il marchio “Pasticceria Marchesi” e ha aperto due nuovi caffè in aggiunta alla location storica di Corso Magenta: uno in Via Montenapoleone – indiscussa strada della moda milanese; un altro in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, dalle cui finestre ho scattato quest’altra foto.

Recentemente ho letto che Prada aprirà in centro a Milano una succursale della sua Fondazione, dedicata esclusivamente alla fotografia. Se confermato, è proprio una bella notizia!


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Playing at Arzigogolo

Milan (Italy). There’s a moment – at the end of the working day – when I love to switch off my mind and relax in my photography world. Today, the input came from my adorable cousin – she’s the owner and the manager of a lovely shop in Milan, and she designs very nice, original and successful things: you can visit her website here, but I recommend you to pay a visit to the “real” shop if you are in Milan, and of course to spend time with her benefiting from her contagious enthusiasm.

Today it’s her birthday! We just chatted a bit and I remembered that there was this photograph – taken some days ago, when I met her the last time – that was sleepy archived on the server, waiting to be used for one post. So, I thought there was not any better moment than this to use this photo wishing to my beloved cousin the great success that she deserves!

Happy birthday Isabella!

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