With Expo in full swing Milan is the place to be this June. New locations are opening up all over the city where you can enjoy the warm summer weather and fabulous cuisine from all over the world. Here’s our pick of events happening in the Lombardian capital in June 2015…
1) Celebrate a birthday
The iconic Camparino bar in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II reaches the grand of age of 100 this June. What better way to help celebrate than to admire the bar's special photo exhibition whilst supping on a signature Zucca drink (an Amaro made from rhubarb).
Evening of 22 June, Camparino in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, free admission and first drink, www.camparino.it
2) Dine on the roof of a palace
Priceless is perched on the roof of the historic Palazzo Beltrami which is home to Gallerie d’Italia and overlooks the Teatro alla Scala. Opened in May this temporary restaurant will remain open for the duration of Expo. The exclusive restaurant seats 24 people for lunch and dinner with a rotating list of top young chefs who are all members of the prestigious JRE (Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe). The evening includes the meal, show cooking and and wine tasting.
Palazza Beltrami, Milan, pricelessdining.priceless.com
3) Indulge with Identità Expo
Run by Italian gourmet royalty Identità Golose in collaboration with San Pellegrino this temporary restaurant is located on the Expo site in Rho Fiera. Identità Expo opened in May and for the duration of Expo this unique location plays host to an impressive list of both Italian and international chefs. June’s line up includes Moreno Cedroni of Madonnina del Pescatore in Senigallia, Davide Oldani of D’O in Cornaredo, Pino Cuttaia and Peruvian Diego Muñoz. Guests pay only €75 to book one of the 150 seats for lunch or dinner, a snip considering the calibre of culinary talent on offer.
Various dates, EXPO park, Rho Fiera, www.identitagolose.com
James Beard restaurant: photo courtesy of restaurant
4) Feast on American brunch
Continuing along the temporary restaurant theme the USA Expo pavilion has expanded it's activity outside the Rho complex to incorporate the Seven Star Galleria in the heart of the city. The James Beard pop up American Restaurant is located in the hotel’s penthouse suite on the roof of the stunning Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II building in Piazza Duomo. The restaurant features five course meals for €120 created by top American and Italian chefs.
Every Sunday throughout Expo the restaurant plays host to all-day brunch curated by Chef Evan Hanczor of the celebrated breakfast spot Egg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, complete with jazz, gospel and other classical American entertainment. Special tastings, receptions, demonstrations and cultural events, such as Thanksgiving Dinner will also take place at the restaurant.
Brunch: 7, 14, 21 & 28 June at the James Beard American Restaurant, Seven Stars Galleria, Milan. Full calendar and booking see: www.usapavilion2015.net
5) And then walk it off...
If you’ve eaten a few too many pancakes and syrup at the American brunch then why not take an invigorating stroll on the newly opened Highline rooftop walk. Opened in mid May on the recently restored roof of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II the Highline walk offers stunning views of the city.
Open every day from 9am until 11pm, Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II, www.highlinegalleria.com
6) Enjoy a Taste of Milan
Billed as the city’s biggest restaurant festival the Taste of Milan takes place in the first week of June and showcases chefs from leading restaurants in Italy and abroad. This year’s special EXPO event is bigger than ever and includes cookery classes, special labs and more.
Free to access with online pre-booking. Superstudio Più, Via Tortona, 27, 20144, www.tasteofmilano.it
For more information see en.expoincitta.com
7) Strut your stuff at fashion week
Fashion fever comes to town during the middle of June as Milan plays host to Men’s Spring Summer 2016 Fashion week. Though not quite as renowned as Florence’s Pitti Uomo this Fashion Week promises to be bigger than ever with special Expo themed events and parties.
19-23 June, Various locations around Milan
8) Watch Roman Polanski
This documentary interview created by Laurent Bouzereau discusses Roman’s first encounters with film, filming, and the illusions of cinema. The controversial director talks about the films that influenced his work as well as new possible new interpretations for some of his films. The screening takes place at the new Fondazione Prada art gallery, to the south west of the city.
Until 20 June, Fondazione Prada, Milan, www.fondazioneprada.org
For more information about events in Milan see en.expoincitta.com