After landing, settling into the hotel, and taking a four hour nap, we finally went out to explore Milan. This meant walking around a bit in Pagano, and eventually taking the Metropolitana (subway) over to Duomo (Milan Cathedral).
Pagano is a pretty little part of town. It’s quiet, but still has a fair amount to do.
And the Milanese seem to be very chill and take life at a leisurely pace. No one in Milan seemed like they were in a hurry to go anywhere.
The Milanese (and maybe this is just European in general) seem to have a need to buy flowers on a daily basis. There were a lot of flower stands.
There were definitely more people here carrying around flowers on a daily basis than anywhere I’ve ever been.
In addition, there were beautiful floral arrangements and frequent florists to walk by in Pagano and other parts of Milan.
I was so tempted to just stop and buy a random flower to carry around with me, or even bring back to the States.
So we went to Duomo and walked around the piazza for a bit.
The first time I saw the Duomo, it took my breath away. There’s just something about this magnificent feat of architecture that just makes you hold your breath. It’s so imposing and majestic, and to think they started building this in the 14th century.
As it was getting late in Milan, we started prowling for dinner. We went into the Rinascente department store and managed to find a place to eat in their food market on the 6th floor.
Le Rinascente is one of those fancy-shmancy department stores that I’m not yet ballin’ enough to frequent regularly as a shopper.
We ended up getting dinner at Maio.
I was super excited to eat my first dinner in Milan.
Since we were in Milan, we really wanted to try their regional specialty, which was risotto alla Milanese.
Afterwards, came our risotto alla Milanese.
This risotto is a very homey dish. It’s made with beef, beef stock, beef bone marrow, and some cheese. The thing that makes it distinctive to Milan is the saffron rice.
Finally we had some dessert. We got the Bavarese al Caffe. There was some beautiful attention to detail in this dessert.
I think this was some sort of panna cotta. It was a beautifully plated dish that tasted as good as it looked. I would say this was probably one of my favorite desserts eaten (besides gelato).
It was a lovely way to finish off the day.