One of Milan’s more unusual restaurants, Pastamadre’s unique approach is exemplified by its decor, which features sustainable cardboard tubing, wooden spoon coat hangers and a trowel used as a door handle. The restaurant’s menu is more traditional and is filled with seasonal Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Typical options include sea bass with pistachios and sweet-and-sour peppers, and spaghetti with an octopus ragout. Accompany your meal with a glass of fine wine from a local independent producer and don’t miss out on Pastamadre’s house speciality, freshly baked sourdough bread.
Pastamadre, Via Bernardino Corio 8, 20135 Milan, +39 02 5519 0020
La Belle Epoque, da Boldini a De Nittis
Despite only having lasted 40 years, La Belle Epoque is one of the most vivid periods to have been depicted in contemporary art. Held at the Galleria Bottegantica, this exhibition will highlight just 50 works from the period, produced by a range of different Italian artists, each with their own interpretation of the era. Items on show, by the likes of Giovanni Boldini, Giuseppe De Nittis and Antonio Mancini, depict the public promenading and flamboyant trips to the theatre that encapsulate the age. Every picture tells a story and celebrates femininity in a soft form, which is certain to evoke nostalgia for this unique time.
Galleria Bottegantica, Via Manzoni 45, 20121 Milan, +39 02 6269 5489
Magna Pars Suites Milano
With each of its suites taking inspiration, as well as its name, from natural fragrances, spending the night at Magna Pars Suites Milano can be an evocative experience. Each of the hotel’s 28 suites provides a luxurious city hideaway. Spread across three floors, each suite features calm colour schemes, leather furnishings and bespoke paintings by artists from the Brera Academy. Magna Pars’s shared areas are equally impressive, comprising a gym and spa, a lounge bar overlooking the courtyard garden and an expansive roof deck. Be sure to dine at the in-house restaurant, Da Noi In, which specialises in fragrant, flavourful Italian cuisine.
Magna Pars Suites Milano, Via Forcella 6, 20144 Milan, +39 02 833 8371