Chef Davide Oldani’s back-to-basics approach to traditional Lombard cuisine is well worth the trip to his restaurant’s suburban village location. Seasonal ingredients feature in deceptively simple dishes that are accessible to all and are universally delicious. The only fixed item on the menu is the cipolla caramellata (caramelised onions), offering an intriguing balance of salt and sweet tastes and soft and crunchy textures. The restaurant dining room reflects the stripped-back aesthetic of the cuisine, and is an ideal place to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch or evening meal.
D’O, Via Magenta 18, San Pietro all’Olmo, Cornaredo, 20010 Milan, +39 02 936 2209
Milano Film Festival
From Antonioni to Fellini, Italy boasts an acclaimed film heritage, and the country’s passion for the medium is richly conveyed at the annual Milano Film Festival. Now in its 18th year, the festival takes place at a range of unusual venues across the city from 5 to 15 September, but is focused on the Teatro Strehler and Sempione Park. The programme is diverse, including more than 200 Italian and international works, entered in a wide range of categories. Don’t miss the tribute to film-maker and political activist Sylvain George – just one of the festival’s many highlights.
Venues throughout Milan, +39 02 713613
Shozo Shimamoto in Milan
The first exhibition of Shozo Shimamoto’s work to be held in Milan, taking place just nine months after the Japanese master’s death, this long-awaited show features 30 standout pieces, displayed in chronological order. The first work on show was created in 1946, and demonstrates the unique mixed media technique that Shimamoto became known for throughout his career. The exhibition’s stunning finale is a video showcasing a selection of the artist’s most spectacular live performances.
Shozo Shimamoto in Milan, Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti, Corso Monforte 23, 20122 Milan, +39 02 795251
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Infused with heritage charm, the Grand Hotel et de Milan has been one of the city’s most prestigious places to stay since it opened in 1863. The hotel retains its Gothic façade, while its interior features a number of stylistic references to its most famous guest, the composer Giuseppe Verdi. Its central location is convenient for the financial and fashion districts as well most of the city’s main attractions. The hotel also has a host of amenities of its own, including Gerry’s Bar and two restaurants, one offering classic Italian cuisine and the other featuring a sprawling courtyard room.
Grand Hotel et de Milan, Via Manzoni 29, 20121 Milan, +39 02 723141