A Caffè for All
At the end of the popular shopping street Via Torino, roughly halfway between the Duomo and Milan
's Naviglio neighborhood, you'll find Pasticceria Cucchi, a classic Porta Genova establishment. Cucchi was founded in 1936 and then rebuilt following its destruction when Milan was bombed in World War II. The café retains its old world charms, with waiters in formal attire and décor from the 1950s. The menu consists of small snacks, both finger sandwiches and pastries, accompanied by coffee or drinks depending on your mood. Part of the charm of Cucchi is an atmosphere that is increasingly rare, with a mix of customers of all ages. Elegant Milanese ladies and young designers, locals and tourists weary from exploring the city share the shaded sidewalk tables for a short break to watch the world pass by while sipping an espresso or cocktail.