Italy (Part 1 – Milan) – Dec ’16

Milan cathedral – The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the fifth largest in the world.

With its glass-and-iron dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floorways, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade is definitely one of the world’s most glamorous (and oldest – it was built in 1867) shopping malls.

Along the streets, we enjoyed numerous performances, ranging from busking, classical music, etc.


Our favourite food

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, commonly used in English for ice cream made in an Italian style. We seriously had two cones everyday while we were in Italy.

The Milanese have made a beeline for Luini’s windows since it first opened in 1888, and now there’s always queue in front of this hole-in-the wall shop, especially at lunchtime. We found a long-queue of locals and we decided to join in. It was a very famous Milanese delight called panzerotto.

A panzerotto is a unique and fulfilling treat – it is the golden lovechild that would result from the loving union of an old-fashioned raised doughnut and a traditional Neapolitan pizza. The outside is comprised of light, springy yeast dough with a pleasant but not overwhelming sweet flavor. On the inside, folded over like a little calzone or empanada, is tomato sauce, mozzarella and, if desired, one or two savory ingredients. Finally, the magic happens when the whole package is deep-fried and served hot. The combination of sweet and savory flavors and chewy and creamy textures are each recognizable and familiar, but it’s the first bite that is truly the revelation.

Fast-food pizza

The cheaper way to eat in Italy is definitely their pizza (in fast-food style). Each slice is packed with fine ingredients and flowing source. And it was all piping hot.

 

 

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