THE FOOTBALL PUB, formerly the English Football Pub 

                                                        via Valpetrosa 5, Milan Italy. Trams 14, 3, 2.Photo of The Football Pub - Milano, Italy


    There is something about the comfy non-pretentious atmosphere of a football pub that reminds me of growing up. Surrounded constantly with basketball sports figures, I learned to love sports! And when you are at a Pub, you can be yourself, yell loudly or just watch some football and soon people start talking to you, including you in the conversations and you always make friends.

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    "Italians are known for many things, yet we should definitely be known for our beer!" 

 "We used to be named the English Football Pub, since it has English beers, Guinness and it is fashioned after the design and concept of the English pub, yet English speaking people, especially Americans would come here and say, "Hey where is the American Football!?" and we would have to say that we show Italian football, which you name soccer. The American Football games, except on Sundays, are about 3:00am Italian time. We close at 2.00am and so we renamed it the Football Pub and now although tons of Americans come in for sports and for a pint of Guinness, they don't complain about us not having American football!" laughs Fabio, the very nice real Italian capo.Image result for the football pub in milan

  "Football every night, of course, that is why it is named the Football Pub and let's see, my wife, Debora cooks hamburgers and pub food with pizza. It is a pub!" laughs Fabio. "Everybody is nice and everybody comes here to have a nice time. I meet many english speaking guests and to tell you the truth, although Heineken sponsors us and is big, most Italians don't drink Heineken. They like the Italian beers. The Americans love the Guinness and Heineken." Photo of The Football Pub - Milano, Italy

  "The food is hearty pub style and my wife is the cook! And yes it is fun to own a pub. My wife thinks it is fun too. My children aren't old enough for the pub yet, maybe in the future!" says Fabio. "Right now I have owned the pub 20 years and I am still young!" Photo of The Football Pub - Milano, Italy
 via Valpetrosa 5, Milan Italy. Trams 14, 3, 2.
The first night I saw the football pub I was actually trying to find a friend near the Duomo about 22.00pm. I saw the people outside the pub and since I am curious I went inside the pub. It is a real sports bar with normal people of all ages having fun. Talking laughing and of course drinking that pint of Guinness or in the case of here Italian beer, German beer, or English cider. Photo of The Football Pub - Milano, Italy. Full bar, lots of beer on tap.
   Good to know on Tuesdays the special lager is only 3 euros the entire happy hour of 6 to 23.

   "My entire team speaks English, me a little!" says Fabio as he asks me to talk to his bartender, a very fun guy named Bruno who originally comes from Portugal. 

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"The people are nice who come in here. They want to have fun, talk with friends and watch football. My capo is a very nice guy, Fabio. He is fun to work for," he says as he helps me to translate from my english to italian! I tell him I made the interview with Formaggio, the Italian restaurant on the canals with the 65 year old capo who only speaks Italian using google translate while the Capo played 1930 vinyls of the Countess on his gramaphone in the background! "Really!" he starts laughing. "That was a different interview!" Yes very! 

     At lunch yesterday a stag group was in dressed in woman's outfits of all colors. They were drinking some pints, eating some cheeseburgers and fries and walking up and down the alleys taking photos with Italian passerbys laughing. They seemed to be enjoying the days in Milan and I asked if the thought the pub is a good pub! "Yes it's great, we're having a great time!" they said as they kept taking photos next to the pub's sign! 

    "We do have live music sometimes, you just have to check our facebook or instagram to see when, and of course if you are curious which games are playing they are usually always the italian teams or the league games of europe." says Fabio.  

    "We have a English British Bulldog Brewery , a American IPA, the beer Crystal, Guinness, Cider, a special lager beer, a couple Italian beers, the German Paulaner, all on tap. And of course we have craft beers in the bottle. The main beer on Tap is Heineken. The Italians prefer the craft beers and the Italian beers and the internationals usually coming to a English style pub love the Guinness.! 

     "That's my second in command," says Fabio as he shows me a picture. "I work during the day since I am the boss," he jokes. "My director is here usually at night and with the team everybody speaks English so it is easy to talk to each other." 

     Alright now everybody ask your friends, where do you want to party tonight? And they shall answer...                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo of The Football Pub - Milano, Italy. Eeeh...visto che il lunedì non ci son le partite ci si dovrà accontentare di una Tennet
                            Foto de El Brellin, Milán: El Brellin sull'alzaia - Tripadvisor
   El Brellin on the canals of Naviglio Vicolo dei Lavandai Alzaia Naviglio Grande 14
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    Although the friendly professional Capo, Andrea, of El Brellin says, "Why do we succeed year after year and others do not? I do not know really. I know that I always try to improve myself and my team and my chef is great. The food has to be good. Yet I try to improve the colors of the aperitivo outside seats, the jazzy feeling of the lounge bar and the bartenders are great." I imagine if you eat here you know why it is always a favorite of Milanese people and internationals. The food is beautiful and tastes great!

                                                    Yet at the same time, Andrea is a family man, having had a great start from his famous father, who produced Aristone Records and such greats as Elvis Costello, Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones and Nat King Cole! After a great record producing career, Andrea said that he settled down to give to his son, Andrea, and his daughter, and his wife, a future. 

     Image result for el brellin milan Andrea says, "He gave us too much. He worked his entire life for his family."                                                              Restaurante El Brellin en Milán - Menú 2023, opiniones, precios y reserva |  TheFork

       He carries on that tradition. It is a gorgeous caribbean feel restaurant where on Wednesdays the deejays are joined soon with his 12 year old son who loves helping the deejays spin records! "He is my son, he can do whatever he wants to do." says Andrea!

  What makes a great Capo? 

    "When we succeed in life we buy ourselves more time. It isn't about money. We work so we can buy ourselves more time in life." he says. "I want to spend time with my family. I want to expose my children to the world and help my children to make their own decisions and choices." 

  I don't know about you but I think my choice is the filet!

   "You know they asked me to do a little radio segment on food of Milan and I am considering it. I would be a radio personality!" he jokes and I say that is a lovely idea.

    "El Brellin chefs were featured on Master Chef in June and everybody came to visit us!" I say of course people love Master Chef!  click here to see the video! Cotoletta alla milanese" (Veal cutlet "Milanese" style with rocket salad,  cherry tomatoes and g - Picture of El Brellin, Milan - Tripadvisor

   I personally love the way the Italians are, well, real Italians! And besides the homemade pasta and handmade crafted entrees, the Jazzy feel of the El Brellin Lounge is just the start of the most beautiful restaurant in Milan. On the canals of Naviglio, outside aperitivos or in the hidden garden on the canals for dinner where your privacy is guaranteed, you can find a place at El Brellin that matches your mood. Me, personally, I love being  inside at the jazzy lounge bar where they have Deejays on Wednesdays! And Great Martinis, or some scrumptious signature cocktails from the Jazz boys!
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    The casual outside sitting where the aperitivo cocktails are the best in Milan, the aperitivo delights special and the view unparralled. Welcome to El Brellin, where the Capo sits with you outside, 4 flower sellers come to our table at night, and another! and yet the Capo is as gracious as can be. The vendors smile at him and he shakes his head! "I wish they would sell something more useful," he jokes as the musicians on the street start playing. 

                                                    Asso di Fiori Osteria Dei Formaggi                                                             

            The totally authentic old-school Milanese restaurant located on the canals of Naviglio is located at

        Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 54, and is a 1984 restaurant of the same family. The current capo, Angelo, along with his son, Mattia and uncle Stefano, have continued the tradition of over 360 cheeses from Italy and over 200 Grappas. The wine is 100% Italian and the cheese Italian and the family funny, warm,  accessible and charming.                 Asso di Fiori Osteria Dei Formaggi                                                Risultati immagini per asso de fiori restaurant milan

     please play the video below to see the charming gramophone

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   "The importance of the restaurant Asso di Fiori Osteria dei Formaggi is the cheese," says the capo, Angelo, who only speaks Italian. We have a funny lovely conversation where he shows me his gramophones that wind up and play in the front entrance of the restaurant and a lovely ballad that I am trying to add to the site! The collections on the walls of the Osteria dei Formaggi are of old antique radios that play. I loved the italian ballads on the gramaphone and when Angelo's son, Mattia, arrives after our 15 minutes of playing old fashion vinyls and giggling, he is impatient for the interview, yet we keep playing albums! 
  "Every dish is made with cheese," Angelo wants the guests to know as Mattia translates. I ask each one if their best friend came to dinner tonight, what dish on the menu, including PLAN B; the chalkboard that is present as you enter and has the daily entries, would they recommend? Angelo keeps saying that "it depends!" as Mattia says that his favorite is Risotto with taleggio cheese and pears, and Stefano says his is the Chargrilled wild boar with Piemonte tomino cheese and Tropea red onion sauce, finally Angelo says that his is Fileja pasta on wire in meat sauce and eggplant puree with fresh cherry tomato and of course cheese, and Enzo, the decorator of the restaurant says that his is the ostrich fillet with deep fried leeks and wine reduction and drunken cheese sauce. Mine is the venison with the truffles and cheese on the PLAN B board above!
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  Mattia coaxes us to the tables and starts telling me the story of his Grandfather who started the restaurant in 1984, went to Paris in 1995 and discovered a cheese specialty restaurant.Risultati immagini per asso de fiori restaurant milan

"He loved the restaurant and when he came back to Milan, he decided to specialize in the cheeses, rare and unusual in Italy. Today, even our passcode for the wifi is about the amount of cheeses we find and cook with. We have between 200 and 360 cheeses that we use all year round, in addition to the cheeses the tourists recognize such as parmesan and pecorino and buffalo mozzarella from Naples," tells Mattia as his uncle and head chef, Stefano emerges from the kitchen. immagini per asso de fiori restaurant milan

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  "My father chooses the appetizers and desserts and presents these recipes and ideas to Stefano and he decides the main courses. The cheese they spend many years researching and testing and we all taste the plates. I am the sommelier along with my father, Angelo, and I enjoy being invited to the vineyards and making good relationships with these. We have low cost wine and high such as 400 euros per bottle. It depends on what you want. And of course they all compliment the cheeses from various regions of Italy." says Mattia. 
                                                     EURO JOLLY PUB AND BILLIARDS! 

                                                    NAVIGLIO, MILAN

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    When I speak with Giovanni today at his VERY UNDERGROUND AND VERY COOL billiards! place that has been here undetected since 1991, I am charmed. First, he only speaks Italian and his daughter, Vittoria and me chat on the phone, I google translate with Giovanni and we try the best we can with my little Italian to talk about the WORLD FAMOUS BILLIARDS in MILAN.  Do you know you can come here and play on the 25 tables for only 11.00 euros per hour til 2:00am?    

                                               at EUROJOLLY Billiards IN MILAN! Risultati immagini per jolly pub milan

 The Billiards place is a great place to have a fun night out with friends, and it has Italian speciality beers on tap with a funny and experienced bartender to make the cocktails you love, Italian wines and mostly as the Capo, Giovanni's daughter says, "It is really a pub that has a great back room of billiards!" Okay, I would say it is a little bit bigger than a PUB, yet I understand her philosophy. Imagine a great PUB where you can hangout and drink some beers and then have much more fun building team spirit on the 25 biliard tables in the back room!

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Alright in the words of Hank William's JR              "who's ready for some billiards?" here in NAVIGLIO since 1991, where they have 25 tables to play on til 2:00am, you can find the WORLD FAMOUS billiard tables.    

                   That is famous!                                              25 TABLES! 

  And whether you play one on one or couples, the table is only 11.00 euros per hour. Plus great cocktails, great music and right in the middle of Naviglio. IT WAS TOOOOOO MUCH FUN!

  Please come and bring tons of friends to have a fun night out with the buddys and to challenge each other and perhaps the table next to you to a game of's a English thing!

     handcrafted to fit your vision from Daniele Fierro, who has made only 500 guitars in the world for famous  and what he says is "lovers of electric guitars" in the last 35 years as the sole designer and owner of JACARANDA, the gorgeous custom guitar artisan store in the trendy NAVIGLIO section of Milan.                                                                           

    "I have a English website and Italian and each guitar is etched to tell the number in the sequence. Some of my guests have over 200 guitars as a collection, and some come in and buy it for a collector's piece or to use in a band, it depends on the needs," says the affable and humble craftsman who owns JACARANDA, located at Via Corsico 8, Naviglio.
"Of course people can come in from New York or Chicago or Los Angelos or Toykyo or London, etc and buy a guitar from the store or one they saw on my website. Yet they can walk in and order a custom made one, too. It depends on a person's need. Sting's lead technician has two of my guitars and a famous singer from Los Angelos has over 200 guitars, one for each song that he writes. He says he loves to remember his songs with the guitar that helped create it! I guess it is like a woman's dress, she wants a different one for each special occasion. As of right now, it is predominantly men who have bought my guitars, yet perhaps it will change in the future." he says laughing. 
Number 455 is my favorite color of light teal and is only 3,500.00 euros. "It takes me about 3 months to custom fit the guitar to the person. The balance, shape, weight, tone, these are all factors in the making of each guitar." 
"I started the designing of the guitars at the age of 18 when I played the guitar, I had a passion for learning how to make the sound, how to design it, which wood to use, the accoustics fascinated me. I have been building the guitars 35 years now and the last 20 years on my own. I love the guitars and I enjoy the guests who buy these. They are custom made, yet you can find a assembly-made guitar for $10,000.00 in the United States and the next person on the stage playing music will have the exact same guitar. Mine are one-of-a-kind. I have many famous musicians that trust me, too, and they bring their electric guitars in for me to repair!" says Daniele, pictured here.                                   TEL: (+39) 02.839.4686
 OFFICINA 12 restaurant  and  GIN 012 GinBar OF Naviglio section Milan, ItalyI guess what I loved most about my interview with the Capo of the very chic and gorgeous Officina 12 and GIN 012 of Milan's Trendy Naviglio section is his casualness and friendliness. 

     Not even one time did I feel uncomfortable. I laughed and learned tons of myth busters about one of the most beautiful restaurants and bars in the famous section.  Gin 012's capo, Allessandro says, "I know that people usually associate GIN BARS with sophistication and with the stuffy atmosphere of where they are usually located. I wanted to break the myth or that idea about the formality of a specialty bar. The GIN 012 is a casual place where people coming to Naviglio can walk in, make their way through the tables of the chic Officina 12 and walk into the GIN bar and ask the bartender to please educate them! That is what my bartenders are for. To give you a fun lesson and a great drink. Here we have about 100 Gins, yet in the world there is about 10,000 Gins made. We, my partner Guisseppe and me and the Master Distiller of our own Gin created last year, 1984, choose the Gins. Basically, a Gin is made with alcohol and juniper. That is it. Juniper and Citrus. That is a Gin. However, the people start getting creative and make Gins with all these different fruits and yet they still are classified as Gins. We do have a couple of these. We like to experiment with the Gins and depending on me, Guisseppe, my bartending team and the guests themselves, we decide on the Gins. Last month we asked on our Facebook if the people would suggest Gins that they would love to see us have here at Gin012 and please add these to the Facebook list."                                       Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 12   reservations:   0039 Tel: 0289 4 22 261Risultati immagini per gin o 12 bar milan

  When I ask if he received any answers? "Tons!" he exclaims. "TOO MANY," he laughs. "Yes we are going to taste each and every one of these, " he seems happier!  Ha ha ha. "Seriously. It is great to know the response of the people that love the bar and have tasted the Gins."  
And lest we forget that the first part of the gorgeous 2 story arched brick warehouse building, great Gin Bar and the gorgeous garden was at first only a restaurant and American bar for the guests, let's talk about the chic restaurant. "Okay, it is named Officina since it used to be a huge office warehouse and it is Officina 12 since it is the address. That is pretty much it for the name!" laughs Allessandro when I am expecting this very significant explanation of why Officina is named Officina 12. 
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"The restaurant is international and Milan influenced traditional Italian along with it being a chic and trendy restaurant.  I do emphasize here that it is a casual restaurant. The interior is beautiful and unusual, yes, yet everybody is welcome here. We want you to have fun, have a great night and enjoy Milan." says Allessandro. 

"The food at Officina is raved about, yet it isn't super out of reach expensive. I want people to have a great time in Milan." 
"It is classical Italian, the best cuts of meat, the freshest seafood from the number one seafood mercato in all of Italy and perhaps Europe, Milan, the freshest daily vegatables from the mercatos and always in season. Nothing is freezed, here. And the modern chefs that present each plate with pleasure helps you to have a special lunch and dinner. And after, come on in to the Gin Bar to spend the rest of the evening trying some new Gins and the variations of which they can be served." 
"1984 is the Gin that we have made ourselves and it took 2 years to taste, try and finally make the brand of our choice, with 9 different botanicals in our Gin and a Master Distiller which is my friend, we finally have the Gin we wanted. It is here at the Gin Bar and in various bars in Milan. Nice ones that want to try the Gin in their specialty drinks. It does very nicely here in Milan and it is only 6 months old." says Allessandro. "The bartenders that I have are very educated and experienced in the Gin craft. They ask the guests what they like about a Gin and they try to make a cocktail for each one. The guests love the bartenders and almost every person sitting at the bar on any one given night sees a drink, hears the bartender explaining the Gins and then making the drinks and asks the bartender to make one especially for him or her. It's great." 
 Want a old-fashioned feeling of drinking in a real Gin Bar? Then GIN 012 is definitely for you! Naviglio, Milan.
   The serious old-school much respected Capo Vincenzo showing his own vineyard's wine that he allows only in 
his restaurants, Premiata Pizzeria and Trattoria Milanese in the Naviglio section of Milan. He gave me the crown bottle 34 and I love it. Pictured here! The restaurants have a wine list of 200 bottles. Wow!
                          0039  02 835 7670
"In 1997, Vincenzo decided to try a Milanese restaurant that featured zero pizza, since he had his next door, yet promoted the Milan regional cooking. It was one of a couple in Milan in 1997 and he is basically considered a pioneer for doing that. A risk and worth it. People love to taste the real recipes of Milan." says Mika. Cassoeula - Trattoria Milanese
"Vincenzo is respected since he started his pizzeria, next door in 1991, having worked here at the Naviglio scene since 1976. Yet the first real one that he owned is the Pizzeria next door that has his own fancy pizza. It isn't big and thick, it isn't skinny and tiny, it is just right...a baby!" says Mika who is a stunning Norwegian blonde who happens to speak many languages and helped me to translate with the total 100% Capo who speaks only Italian!" 

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 The ingredients, the best, the recipes the originals and the grace and service of the highest quality. "We have 200 wines here at Trattoria Milanese, including his own vineyard, and since the restaurants are connected through the basement we use the same chefs and the winelist is the same. The only Pizzeria with 200 wine list!" he says. 
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Risultati immagini per premiata pizzeria naviglio is pizza, there is pizza and then there is at Premiata Pizzeria, which respectively from the locals and capos has the best pizza in Milan located in Naviglio on the Grand Canal. 
"I believe that my pizza is the best since it is my creation. The Pizzeria is my first try as a Capo. Everybody loves the pizza I guess since I love it too. My team eats the pizza a couple times per week and they love the Milanese food at my restaurant Trattoria Milanese. They can eat anything that they would love to. They try a couple times per week. I tried the recipes and finally I came with the one I love." Risultati immagini per premiata pizzeria naviglio
"Vincenzo is a real old-school capo," says his translator Mika, who shows both esteemed respect for her capo and affection, although his demeanor is a bit gruff he laughs and chortles at my  jokes, which are many. When I tell him that the other capos in the Naviglio section say he is a great restaurantuer, especially Emmanuele Spirito of Sofa Garden, he laughs, "O yes Emmanuele!" he says and Mika says, "He likes Emmanuele, the baby, and he is the papa of the restaurants here!" she says. 
Ossobuco alla milanese - Trattoria Milanese
"The traditional Ossobucco is basically veal with homemade Milanese Ragu and surrounded with rissotto. Yes Italians love rissotto and um I don't know why." answers the Capo Vincenzo when I ask him why do the Italians always eat rissotto? "They do," says Mika, "that is true. The tourists love pasta pizza and the meat dishes, yet the Italians love the rissotto." 
   I never thought rice with any culture except the Chinese, and in America that is about all we eat it with, however, when I tried the rissotto, the best. It definitely doesn't taste chinese and spring rolls!
  Love the old-fashioned charm of 
     Trattoria Milanese...located in Naviglio section at  Via Santa Marta 11, on the Canals. 
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     The lovely young wife and husband team, Simona and Luciano aren't the typical Italian Capos, although they are young, friendly and very caring about the service of the guests. Professional and shy, a little. Risultati immagini per T RATTORIA PONTE ROSSO
   Yet at Trattoria Ponte Rosso, you can find the entire team happy to tell you about the real authentic cooking from the Maestro Chef who has been here the entire 3 generations of bosses! "Yes, I am the Capo, yet I remember starting out here as a young 25 year old and my teacher being my cook. Now when I come into the kitchen to make a suggestion 17 years later, and my Cuoco says NO!, I turn and walk right out of the kitchen. I respect his decisions when it comes to food. And occaisionally I can say can we try such and such and he is willing to give it a try. Yet if he says NO! that means NO!" says Luciano laughing. I take a couple of pictures of the couple and the sweet Simona runs back to brush her hair! "I have to be presentable in my photos!" she says and they want the newly decorated, one year, restaurant to reflect their modern tastes. "The restaurant used to be old fashioned and white walls and I don't know how to say, let's just say old fashioned and we wanted a cool authentic look to it. We exposed the brick walls on one side and sand washed a light ivory color to the entire restaurant in additon to the new cool lighting. I love the new design since it keeps the original walls of the building yet gives a little of our own tastes. We're young and we keep the recipes the same, yet the decoration is us!" 
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"There is only about 5 restaurants in the entire country of Italy that do the original sartu ciriso napoletano 1837, which basically as my wife, Simona says is with prosciutto, mozarella and meat along with rice. Everybody can do these ingredients, yet the chef has used the recipe from Naples of 1837. We are very famous for it and he won the 2007 best of Italy Oscar Qualita Pressa Ponte Rosso Milano with that recipe." says the young capo from Romania, Luciano. The restaurant is located on the canals at Ripa 23 di Porta Ticinese and if you would love to make reservations you can call at   
                        +39 02 837 3132

 The Gattò of fedelini, ancient recipe from the theoretical-practice kitchen of ippolito cavalcanti (1837 Naples)

    "I have the utmost respect for the cook in the kitchen since he is honestly the only stable one here," says Luciano blatantly and I start laughing. OK! "I am saying that he has been here since the first owner longer than 25 years and in 2004 the lady bought the restaurant and in 2012 we asked my cook if he wanted to buy the restaurant with me and Simona. Eventually only me and Simona now own Ponte Rosso and I am VERY HAPPY about it. Yes it is a big risk, yet the last 6 years I have gone from being a little nervous and scared about the Italian people accepting me into the community as a capo being from Romania to being very comfortable and being surrounded with friends." he says.      
       "Yes since you ask about the OssobucoRisultati immagini per ossobuco alla milanese trattoria ponte rosso it is true that is one of the most asked for entries. Yet I must say that every Milan kitchen has Ossobuco since that is a typical milanese dish. I guess it is how you prepare it."
"At first I took all of the awards from the 2004 til now and put funky cool things in the window and finally I thought that since we are one of the only restaurants here in Naviglio that has won all these awards, let's put the stickers and stamps back on. That is why the entire doorway has awards and prestitigious stickers on it. I worked here since 2004 and finally at the year of 2012 bought the restaurant. It has made me very proud to come to Italy at the age of 22 and start as a very young dishwasher and finally own my own very fine restaurant on the canals of Milan. That is one of the best experiences in my life. My Dream come true!" he says. 
"The fact that the restaurant is right on the canals in the most popular place of Milan, Naviglio is a coup really. We love the section of Milan the most anyway and at night so many people have discovered it the last couple of years that the guests have been real cool and always have great stories to tell. We love to meet everybody and we hope they love us too." says Simona.Risultati immagini per trattoria ponte rosso ripa di porta ticinese 23
And his experience? " I worked with 4 chefs in Milan and the best one is my cook. He taught me how to cook real Italian and I guess I can say that he is the best Italian teacher since he is my only Italian cook that taught me how to be a Italian chef!" he says again making me laugh at his honest choice of words! 
      The Sofa Garden and Rookies are part of a team of young entreprenuers each one different and each reflecting their personalities in the places they put their heart and soul into to design...                           Risultati immagini per SOFA GARDEN MILANO
     "Sofa Garden is only 2 years old, and we started with the building designing it totally ourselves; basically a architect would sign off on the ideas and plans we had and if it is structurally possible he let us do it!" says one of the young Capos, Emanuelle Spirito. He is young, charming, and intelligent. 
      The place, itself, a "Cocktail Bar Restaurant is a good name to call it. The place is arranged for comfort and we focus totally on that. We could add tons more tables, yet the goal here is to have friends meet and to enjoy the time spent with us. Upstairs people come in and they grab a sofa and turn it towards a section of big chairs where friends are sitting and rearrange the furniture all the time. It is as if at your home and the one main point of the entire place is to show respect. I want people to come in here and respect my place. I want the guests to respect each other and I want the Sofa Garden to command respect. If the guests aren't respecting my restaurant, the restaurant is failing. It isn't soley about money, it is about respect."      Risultati immagini per SOFA GARDEN MILANO                            

 Risultati immagini per SOFA GARDEN MILANOWhile Sofa Garden, the sophisticated avant garde should we say, COCKTAIL BAR RESTAURANT right in the middle of Naviglio on the Big Canal at                             79 Ripa di Porta Ticinese and 02 8941 56 79 looks cool, expensive and elegant, it is really: "Just a place to come and feel comfortable with friends. Both me and Emanuelle are happy with the guests showing respect to us and us respecting the guests. It is all about a passion for life, a committment to life and we built the Swanky Cocktail Bar on many levels that reflect our way of seeing life." says Federico as I interview him at the beautiful Garden bar and his much more loud and rambuctious Sports Bar named "Rookies". 

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 I just had to take that picture of Federico, he looked so perfect sitting in his environment, representing Sofa Garden as the professional elegantly dressed man sitting casually and comfortably...just the image that Sofa Garden is projecting. "Yes why thankyou very much, "laughs Federico, "now that you mention projecting, we do have screens to show cinema on and we have the big white screen pulldown that is situated so you can see the movie from the bar or sitting up here." he says
I giggle when I ask if the cook is the young guy walking around straightening the rooms.           "Yes, that is our cook. We have salads and sandwiches, a little more upscale than the burgers of Rookies, yet not fine dining here." The young cook smiles shyly and clears the big table, looking like a friend visiting his friends, dressed in casual slacks and tshirt. 
    "The Sofa Garden is about respect, I told you," says Emanuelle, "and all that I care about is that the reputation reflects that." 
"I want every person that visits to know that they can come and stay as long as they wish, that they can take a big comfortable chair and position it to face their friends, to face the cinema, to face it whever they wish since they are as if at the home they wish they had." 
    "Yes, true," says Federico, "I hope they buy a drink or something to eat as long as they come!"
The Sofa Garden is built on at least 3 levels, plus a outside garden that is adorned with cool red barstools and a long table.
    "We bought the table from a company that gives you a letter telling about the tree that they planted in its place. That way we protect the environment as it should be," says Emanuelle."I love plants, and as you can see from the Sofa Garden, we have a lot of green in here," he says laughing. Oddly enough since he is the serious one of the group as is his good friend, Edoardo of MADISON, is also a serious person. "Yes, usually I am serious since I, too, am in the financial market, yet I do have a sense of humor and if you get to know Edoardo he does laugh occaisionally!" he says. "I love the Sofa Garden since it gives me peace when I am here on a Sunday taking care of it. Yes, maybe you have to make the decisions in life to say should I swim in my pool and have fun on Sunday or come to the office. " When I ask what he would rather be doing? "It depends if it is raining or not!" he says, "actually, my pool is inside and that way I can swim either way. I guess it is about choices. 
    "That is why we love the Sofa Garden. On Saturday, upstairs we had a table that took the Scrabble Board and played all night. They came for dinner and stayed and played games." he says. 
    Federico stands with me at the Fussball table that is right in the middle of  restaurant upstairs. "Yes people just stand up and start playing. Saturday night we had guys playing RISK at the tables, and people love to relax on the sofas. What I really enjoy about the Sofa Garden is that students can come here and sit and share the big table and work on the laptops all night if they want. It has a gorgeous sophisticated look to it, yet it is for people to come and use as if they come to our homes. And we are serious about that as you can see with the fact that we have sofas, not stiff chairs. You asked me if I ever would like to open a formal Michelin in the future? I don't know really, I am many different people, of course, I am multi-dimensional, yet for now we are having fun with Sofa Garden!"
     "I am at Rookies in the day and come to Sofa Garden at night, since Rookies has been here 5 years most people know that we show all kinds of sports from everywhere in the world, NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, and of course Football European style!" says Federico. "The cool thing about Rookies is that you have a kitchen that is open til 2.00am. And we serve food til 2.00am, plus if you want to reserve a table at one of the three sports showings you can do that. If you love tennis, send a facebook request for a Wimbledon, say, game and a request for a table near that television and you can have it." says Federico. 
   "Alright, Rookies is the name since we were all new to the bar scene and real Rookies and it is a name associated with Sports and hence, Rookies." says Federico.
                  Now that he is in the "Majors!" are they going to change the name? "Maybe, we can think about it, we have graduated to being Majors in the sense of Major game players since everybody is starting to know we have a great reputation for showing sports games.!"

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"We have great sports, great conversations usually centering around sports and great burgers. The kitchen is simple, you know it is a perfect image of a American Sports Bar. We went to America before we opened the Sports Bar and we saw that in every Pub type restaurant, like TGIF or Applebees, they had Sport's Televisions everywhere and it is such a part of the culture. We wanted a American style bar. We have the kitchen that is open til 2:00am. If you are here and drinking beer and catching a game and ask for a Burger at 1:45am no problem. We can do that. The American bar is starting to have a reputation for eating late, too."

"You know it is a Sports Bar, all that sports people want to know is how many televisions do we have!" jokes Federico. "The answer is 8 and we have 3 shows on at once, for instance, you can see NFL on one of these and the Soccer Game of Milan and Rome on one and you can see tennis on others. The people can go to our facebook,     and reserve a table at one of the locations to best see their favorite teams. I update the facebook to show the sports on, yet basically we use SKY sports and MEDIA and if you know something is going to be on, just facebook us and we can try to show your favorites. If 3 people ask I try to help, if 22 people ask, we try to help. We love all our guests and Rookies is for fun. Beer and burgers and fun." says Federico. 

              The lovely guests at Rookies, of course representing that American Culture in Milan! 
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                     The 12 year Birthday Capo, Antonio!, serving his guests his favorite ORECCHIETTE

              Trattoria Pugliese Acquasala, Via Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 71 on the Canals of Naviglio.

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  For the Equestrians, perhaps Puglia, the heel of the boot of Italy isn't for you, as the specialty is horse, "We have horse chops and horse sausage and a entire plate of delicacies and horse grilled steaks on the menu, it is named Cavallo and a very rare treat on the menu in northern Italy. Here in Milan, we serve only traditional food from Puglia." says Marco, the very jolly photographer who has worked with the Capo, Antonio, the last 4 months designing the ristorante's social media, instagram, facebook and website. Risultati immagini per ACQUA SALA MILANO
"Another specialty here is the fish named Gallinella, which we receive fresh from the most important markets of fish in Italy, and perhaps the world. From Milan they receive fresh fish from Sicily and from Japan. That fish is flown to Milan and shipped around the world within 36 hours. It is the best and highest quality fish market in the world and they catch it in Japan and fly it here and it is in St. Petersburg the next day." says Marco. 
"To me it is both," says Antonio, "My greatest joy in the restaurant is when my guests are happy and everybody is having a good time and the hardest is if they complain about something!" 
   "Antonio's team is young and friendly and the cooks are learning the art of Puglia cooking from the boss. The food isn't exotic, yet it is very different from the Milan regional style. Yes, Puglia does have it's own style of pasta though, such as the typical orecchiette which is shaped in little ears," says Marco and I say that at least you can say hello to the pasta your munching on!Immagine correlata
     "Yes, as you can see from the size of me,   I love to eat!" says the friendly photographer and I ask him what his favorite is? "I enjoy the horse, although I do ride horses and I own a horse, the only  people that are a little squeamish about horse are the Americans. The Europeans are a risky in the food they try as are the Asians and Russians; however, with the Americans we always have to say "just try" and after they try and love it we tell them then what it is!" he says laughing.  I ask the Capo, Antonio, what he loves about the restaurant,"I love the passion and the feeling of the guests and my pride in my restaurant. You have to enjoy it and love it or it isn't good for you." he says. Above they went to a vineyard wine demonstration and were all drunk! As Shakespeare says, (or something to that effect) If music be the food (and wine) of love play on!  To find the restaurant: Trattoria Pugliese Acquasala, Via Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 71 on the Canals of Naviglio.
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                The beautiful New York American Style Classy Speakeasy Bar is located near 
Naviglio in Milan. MADISON BAR is gorgeous and since during the interview I saw how gorgeous for a fleeting minute it truly is, Edoardo is quick to say that it wasn't this from the start! "At first year with only aperitivos and great cocktails and O my gosh did you forget to order the vodka kind of thing, we were a mess. Now 5 years  we keep adding to the sophistication and now Sunday Brunch!" 
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"I am in the financial portfolio sector, Lukas is a controller working with the city in Urban Planning, Allessandro works with his father who is a shoemaker and we all have to buy Allessandro's shoes, by the way, and the newest partner the last year is Federico, who you met last night. Federico is the head bartender since day one, 5 years now and he became a partner with us. That is great since all of us have professional jobs that we kept and we come in here at 6:00pm. Federico; however, has only one job and that is to make the best cocktails that he can!" says Edoardo laughingly adding, "The first year it is a mess since we learned everyday the things that we could do and the others we couldn't. Such as, a silly technical thing such as the curtains. We had curtains on the huge glass windows and the curtain commission came in and said we couldn't have the curtains. They have to be a certain measurement. We couldn't believe it and we ran into many legal issues with little items such as that. I am happy that you say it has a professional experienced beauty to the place, yet it is full of friendly people. That is the way that we wish to have the image of MADISON."
             "And we have the American Breakfast everyday starting at 9.00am" "Since the Sunday Brunch from 11:00am to 4:00pm is the newest item that we do I would love to introduce that on the website immediately," says the young entreprenuer financial whiz named Edoardo. "The people can come on Sunday and order items from the menu or enjoy the buffet. We are really quite proud of the Brunch on Sunday. We have specialty individual items such as Scrambled eggs con bacon croccante, Salmon eggall’occhio, Cocotte a modo nostro, the classics such as  Club Sandwichs,Avocado toast con uovo, Beef Tacos Tris, big salads such as the Avocado Bowl and Ceasar Bowl and Tuna Bowl, Special Candy Pancakes that the Americans love or the Crepes alla Nutella. And of course you can always choose the Champagne Mimosa and Buffet."                      

   "Let's see I would love to say to others that would love to start a bar that the number one item is keep hope and keep your determination that what you are doing is for love. If you love the place and the job you can do it." 
  I say that Edoardo seems to be a very serious kind of person. "Yes, I am the serious one. I guess it is because I am the financial one, too. I have to be responsible for everybody and sometimes it feels like I have to rein in the other's enthusiam. They like to joke a lot and of course have fun. It is stressing sometimes since we own the bar and we have to pay all the people, yet at the same time, it is a great way to unwind from the financial stress of managing big portfolios for me at least. I can come to my bar and see that the guests are happy and have fun myself." He reminds me, "We were just out of 25 years when we opened the bar and now we are all about 31. We grew as friends, and since we were all great friends we fight sometimes, yet it is much easier I think that we are friends first. We all kept our other jobs too. Maybe that gives that air of sophisitication and professionalism you talk about in MADISON because I assure you it isn't the bar experience of us since none of us had it!" he says. 
     "The aperitivos are the best in the city. We have a couple dishes of pasta different meats and variety of specialty plates. Tons of food. The international tourists come in here and are a little shy and they see how the Italians eat the aperitivos and they follow. They're nice."
"Of course we spent many days on the design, yet it is important that people can come and relax in the bar eating aperitivos and sitting a couple of hours at night talking loud with friends and having a good time. I want it to be friendly. I want people to say, Hey let's go to MADISONS. The aperitivos, honestly started from day one since we were new and we know people love aperitivos. We have a small menu, too, yet the aperitivos range from 8.00euros to 12.00 euros and free buffet, depending on the drink that you want. That is very competitive with Milan." 
  Alright how do we find the great place?      Viale Sabotino 12   02 8907 3876   Naviglio

The Great thing about BarBruto near Porto Romano Tram and Metro Stop is that on Thursdays you receive a pint of the craft beer of the week for only 3.00 euros, which by the way, I didn't know at the time of the interview with the VERY FRIENDLY brothers, Cosimo and Marcello, and my translator Riccardo. Yet it is a very added plus. Very. And After Midnight They let it all hang in push aside the tables and some serious dancing happens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays! "Marcello goes to Rome or Venice or Florence or whereever they have a craft beer brewery, tries the beers and brings these here. I totally trust Marcello, and besides, I like to drink beer and the people love the beers, yet for me it is all about the sandwiches. I love to create new sandwiches and right now I have about 30. It is very rare for me to be behind the draft beers serving beers." says Cosimo. It is kind of funny that they each have found their specialty! 
   Marcello is a very big guy, and since the translation of Barbruto is literally with a beard, all the sandwiches and specials are named after famous people with beards, such as Fidel Castro which I say Marcello looks exactly like! He says, "I trained as a theater director and directed many plays for the Milan Theater, and every book in the little book and sofa room where people love to sit and drink beers and chat is a play. Here, my gift to you is a Italian language book of Anton Chekov!" O MY GOSH do you know how much I LOVE CHEKOV! 
The caption on the picture here is have a beer, have another craft specialty beer that we offer only from Italy, and have the 3rd beer and you can see the ocean and feel the breeze of the tropical islands, that is the attitude of the two brothers. They are SO SWEET AND SO MUCH FUN. I loved these people. Seriously. LOVED em. And when you say something serious to either one, they are a couple of things such as the Wild and Crazy CZECH bros from Saturday Night LIve or the Nigerians lauging at Lionel in Brandon Tarkenton's Tarzan. Like yes we should close at 3.00 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, yet if we are having fun and you want to help tap our beers, straighten our furniture and make the place beautiful and make us laugh you can stay all night... ha ha ha  ha ha ha ha ha laughs the Nigerians. I love them. Risultati immagini per BAR BRUTO MILANO
"Alright is it my turn yet?" asks Cosimo, the "older brother of 5 years. I am 40. Let's see for me I love to make sandwiches, I have about 30 different specialty sandwiches that are all named after famous people with beards. And of course the best ingredients, yet for instance at Halloween my very creative younger brother, Marcello had us make specialty pumpkin sandwiches." he says. And of course named after a beard, right? Of course. 
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Both Riccardo and Alicie, who is half Syrian and half Italian, "I am born in Italy, trust me," she says, tell me, "We are both gay.Riccardo says that the neighborhood is definitely gay friendly, and the cozy shabby chic creative, comfy Craft Beer bar and Beard Sandwich place welcomes everybody from around the world. Sometimes I ask Cosimo or Marcello to play a GAY song, and they say I can play whatever I want." says Riccardo, who looks very gorgeous in person, by the way. "Girls hit on me all the time and I try to be nice but I am gay." he says. Alicie tells me she wants to "Meet the person to share my life with, yet I work with Marcello and Cosimo who are very straight and I am a lesbian." she says. They are So funny and loveable here.  
"Okay basically, I went to theater school to become a director. And I worked with the Milan National Theater and directed many plays of classical playwrights. Every play in the bookshelves is a copy of one that I have at home. I love plays. I thought that the people could come here and enjoy the theater through the plays." says Marcello. And I ask if they read the plays, has he seen them? "Yes, they do. They sit on the sofas, where the little ones are playing and they read and drink a beer. O  My Gosh we have sooooo many children playing here tonight." he says laughing. They do have a lot of children since they heart love balloons and festivities and the boys and girls are playing hounds of the baskervilles! 
    "Alright," says Marcello, "let's talk about the beers, since me and my brother opened the Pub because we both like to drink beer, and me espcially plus my brother is great at inventing sandwiches. Specialty ones. We have very high tech storage containers for the craft beer, actually it is all as high tech as we could find, a little expensive, but we made the Pub solid and to last many years. The beers we change about every  month. They come to us and have us taste the beer or I travel around Italy. That I love to do. I can taste all the beer and Cosimo tells me to choose whichever ones I like. He says that he just like to drinkt he beer!" says Marcello. They have fun in life. You will really love the place, the atmosphere and the team. 
    "On one side of taps is high fermentation and on the other is low fermentation and that is how Marcello chooses the beers. We always have a couple of each." says Cosimo. Okay. All I know is their beer is very good, not so expensive, and totally cheap for the students that live near on Thursdays! 
                                        I absolutely love Maddalena and Luca the Capos of the trendy funky artsy 
                                          100% Craft Beer Pub in Naviglio AL COCCIO

I loved Maddalena and her mother! named Alba who laughed and giggled and laughed delightfully the entire interview. Loved her. "O Maddalena cooks much better than me!" says Alba as we wait for Maddalena to sit with us and share her story of Luca and her. 
    I must warn you that Maddalena has the most beautiful red hair and it is natural, yet she immediately has you at ease. Very friendly and honest and laughs sincerely at my very bad jokes, "Me and Luca love beer. That is basically why we opened the pub," she says honestly while her mother starts laughing loudly. "We worked at a pub down the canals about 10 years ago and we met each other and said, let's open the Pubs Craft Beer business!" she laughs now and I start to giggle thinking o dear the story is going to be funny... "and when we found the pub it is Zebra, is that the right word? to say a Zebra?" and her mother, Alba points zigzagging, "black and white." O...I see it is a zoo theme before you opened the pub, I ask.
     "Yes and we now have gorgeous natural brick and we have soft walls and iron staircases and books and books and books and little places to sit and chat, like little nooks and crannies!" from the American slang. "I am bad with my English," says Maddalena charmingly. "We are here the last 10 years everyday from 11.00am to 2.00 am or 3.00 am and it is along day and we needed to feel comfortable and yet we needed to present the craft beer from Belgium and from Germany and from The United Kingdom and from small breweries in Italy, especially around Milan. And now we have 16 beers on tap, all craft beers, which at first it is hard since it is expensive and people ask why we need that price to be high and now they love the bar and the craft beer prices have lowered a little." she says laughing. "The years now are easy yet I am older and tired at 2.00am! The early years are more difficult yet I am energetic. Now I say maybe I should open a small boutique restaurant!" 
"We love mostly helping the small craft beer breweries around Europe that people would only know if they drank the beers at a Pub such as the one that we own here and you know it is a lovely experience when people say thankyou very much for promoting beer." she says. "We love the beer and we want to come here everyday and drink it...yet the guests love it too." she is a funny lovely very nice person. 
 Alzaia Naviglio Pavese 2 on the "wild trendy canal" side which the locals say is less upscale, however, the locals and students from around the world at the University of Milan rave about it! "We have natural meats and cheeses typical of Italy here for sandwiches, yet real good ones, and the typical food of a Pub, yet it is about having a great evening, a great couple pints of real Craft Beers and something to eat that is 100% authentic naturally Italian. Remember, though, I said that me and Luca LOVE beer. That is the real reason we bought it." says Maddalena. 
     "Every beer on the draft, which is what we are famous for, although we have maybe 5 to 7 bottles of Craft Beer, we love to showcase the Draft. Yet every beer on the draft is a beer that me and Luca love. It is a beer that we drank and said, alright we can drink it at the Pub, let's show it!" she says totally straight faced! Risultati immagini per al coccio milano
"Of course with the birth of Emma, the 8 year old daughter who rules the life now, we alternate the nights at the Pub. We see each other every day at the Pub with working with the team and we alternate the nights that each of us can play with Emma. In June we open a tiny boutique pub in her size with only 5 beers on draft and one caretaker of the Pub. It is a fun family adventure!" she says laughing. I guess when you are happy and own a artsy trendy shabby chic Pub in the coolest section of Naviglio right on the canals you are happy most of the days! "Yes, however, as I become older, as I said, it is party party party when you are young and after 35 to 40 I start to get tired at 2.00am! Now maybe the restaurant is coming!
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                    Straripabar in Milano is a 4 part combination of the Capo, Marco, who is a real treat! 

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Marco says, "The first thing people do as they come into the restaurant bar is start walking around to the different rooms taking pictures. When I opened it 9 years ago i wanted to make it mine. I have 4 different rooms, a elegant dining section here on top, a pub atmosphere down the stairs, a family area with couches and playdough for the kids and big kids to play with and decorate the walls of the entire restaurant as well as eat lunch and dinner here and the bar area. I fought with the company of Guinness in Ireland and they were very insistent that Guinness be in Irish Pubs only around the world, yet I won and people can come here and eat a Milan Grandmother's recipes lunch or dinner from the kitchen and drink their favorite beer without the screaming and yelling in a wild Irish Sports Pub. They love Guinness and they love my fun Pub Restaurant and I am happy to combine the two." says Marco. Risultati immagini per stra ripa bar milano

"You know one night I was playing wiht playdough at the bar and I thought, hmm...I don't want people drawing and writing on my walls, yet it is a artistic creative pub, so maybe...and I thought of the idea of people to make little objects from playdough, put these as sculptures on the shelves and maybe write messages to stick on the walls. And that is how the colorful playdough messages have come to adorn the walls the last 9 years!" says Marco laughing. e 3492740870 Now THAT is cool.

The silent beauty of Naviglio section, my favorite, of Milan in the morning. Giorgio Armani museum and theater is right under the Genova train station on the other side of the tracks...gorgeous while I took 1 hr. gasping at the designs and headed to the canals where I met the coolest entreprenuer named Marco, "It is a different story. I was a executive chef in Fine Dining for 15 years in California and my father became ill in Milan. I dropped everything and honestly lost my 15 years of life, reputation, financial situation, experience when I zoomed home to see my father. He recovered after many months in the hospital, yet I stayed to take care of him and my mother. I started a catering business and above all a video business! I needed capitol fast to start my own restaurant which is here. I started it with $300,000.00 in debt! And now, 9 years later I can happily say that my mother and father are well, and that I am out of debt with the help of my guests, my friends and the commuity of Naviglio which is real and helps each other. Now I have no regrets and I am very happy with my life. Plus I have a 5 year old daughter." says the very intelligent and active Capo, named Marco. 
     "The food is traditional from Milan and Italy and it is simple, we have great Pub cocktails, and friendly hands on atmosphere plus we have Guinness. What more could you want!" he says. 

"I wanted a restaurant to represent me. I am many different people and each room is me. " says the Capo as he offers me a Guinness to try. I LOVE Guinness and sip it as we talk. "When people come to my home, I am many different people. I want to be able to eat chips on my sofa and have a nice romantic dinner at my dining room. The same is here. People have different moods, yet sometimes when people come to a "PUB" they are fighting with each other. I don't know why. I immediately give these couples playdough and tell them they must create something on the walls! And within 5 minutes they are laughing with each other and the rest of the night is a good night." he says. I tell him maybe he should of been a marriage counselor instead! "Yes maybe, yet for instance, I am mostly here with the people and organizing my Pub. Plus I have a 5 year old daughter now. If I was back in the kitchen, I would have to be a control freak and head chef full time. I love being the boss of all of it. It is very hard to be a head chef and take care of the restaurant. It is almost impossible. I trust my team that they are nice. That they are hardworkers with high standards. When the chef sends out the food from the kitchen it is my recipes and my grandmother's recipes and he is the best. He tweaks these his style, yet they are mine and we get along famously. It is a good relationship." says Marco. 
Ciao met the young owner, Federico, of the 30 year traditional trattoria on the Canals of Naviglio Milan located at  Alzaia Naviglio Grande 62. 
     KM1 La Trattoria's  tables sit under light umbrellas and the little waterboat filled with tourists in the narrow canal passes a couple of times per hour. It is charming and the owner is both serious and fun.
"I came here a couple of birthdays, maybe 3, and every year I fell in love with the restaurant. The location, the experience and since my Grandmother owned a restaurant til she is 80 in Brescia, which is near Milan, I thought perhaps I could try a restaurant business. Both of my mom and my dad are lawyers and my dad is a judge. So, I thought I don't want to be a lawyer and let me try. It is a 24 hr. a day job and it is long hours yet I love it. Each person is different and I have to approach each table and situation differently. Sometimes a younger person wants me to be hilarious and I try and if I am dealing with a person who was my father's age I can't be hilarious." says Federico as we sit and talk about his life as a Trattoria Capo.
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"I love to imagine that here on the canals it is akin to San Francisco's acceptance of the young people of the world who are free-thinkers. They see the world as opportunities to have fun and to know each other with differences and acceptance and  hope Naviglio is that to people." says the charming and honest Federico. Come visit! 
"When I came here along with my partner, who is shy, we thought to have a new team since although we are young we want tradition and experience in the kitchen. The new chef is old, about 40, and we work together to experiment with new dishes everyday yet I want to learn the old-school traditional recipes of Milan. My grandmother is from Naples and I wanted the Milanese recipes here. And everyday we have let's say 6 courses, 6 desserts, 6 appetizers, 6 pastas, and the specials. Yet some people come all the time maybe 3 times a week and if I didn't have the specials to entice these locals after about one month they would of eaten all my menu items." says Federico and I start laughing. I ask if he sees the locals coming back does he say O NO! and run into the kitchen yelling to the chef that he needs to make something new for the day? He laughs, "I prepare before they walk in!" he says. 
     "I was never a big sports football fan, and now I don't really have time to go even if I was. I love learning how to cook that is a love of mine and now I work with the chef to do that. I always have loved traveling and my favorite city is San Francisco. It is most like me. A city where people whether they are maybe billionaires or working class people talk to you and listen and are interested in each other honestly. I spent 2 months there and loved it all. That is a special city for me. I love the glamour of dressing up and the casualness of life and yet I appreciate each one. If somebody wants to go to galas all the time that is the choice they make and each person deserves a choice that they choose. I appreciate all people. " he says. 
   For me at least I loved the ivory linens on the tables, the Al Capone 1930s feel and the dark wooden chairs that brought glamour and a special night out to mind.
Milan is known as the Fashion Capitol of the World...and as I moseyed to the trendy Navigli area(take the Metro Genova...ahh?) I found the cool Handmade Jewelers of these young entrepreneurs. Although they have a Goldsmith Background,"My father is a traditional Gold Jeweler in Genoa." Says Lorenzo who along with his brother Luca, girlfriend Camilia and her brother GianLuca, opened the innovative design store 3 years now, their jewelry is different.  At ELL silver....
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"I do Rock and Roll themes, Medieval themes, classic figures and honestly most of the designs do come from people asking if we could do custom made designs. And that is a big section of the work that we do." says Lorenzo. "And if you have a motorcycle snap helmut I can make these too."

 "My inspiration is from fashion, from Nature, from Life and I try to bring that inspiration into the store and my work. I try to inspire people with my own inspirations, if that makes sense with my bad English." says Lorenzo laughing yet I know what he means!  Gothic Art, Medieval Art, Rock and Roll Art, and Religious art...a and God said Don't put anybody before me...

Lorenzo, the artisan, at work. "The jewelry here is one of a kind. We make each piece separately. See the case here?" he says as he shows me some totally cool rings. "Each one is handmade and can not be copied. If you want a skull silver ring we make it especially for you. We can add say rubies but since you asked about emeralds these green jewels can become very expensive. We couldn't heat the emeralds because they would explode. We would have to custom make the eyes and custom make the emeralds and a ring of silver is about 160.00Euros plus the emeralds it is about an extra 1,000.00Euros. I mean we could yet it is expensive." he says.
The Simple beauty of ELL jewels in Milan. The store is set in a middle of the trendy yuppie industrial section and the street itself you will these great cool designs.
And here is a gift card that you can make totally personal...give the gift card and have your receiver come in and design the perfect piece of jewelry...only at ELL Jewels, Milan.
  Milan the Fashion City of the World...and Who owns the Milan Basketball team? Giogio Armani!
The city is known as the financial capitol, the sports center, and the Fashion City of the World...   To find out more about these subjects visit the people I met in Milan including the one and only dedicated to basketball store in Italy smack in the middle of Milan and the cool financial giant of 30 years, Emma, who now owns SCIATT Restaurant having left the Banking Financial Community 2 years ago,come meet Emma at SCIATT Milan located at Via Monte Grappa 18, and to talk sports? visit Dario and Federico at Airness Basketball below. 

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Their charming niece, not pictured here, translates since the family is very Italian and speaks very tiny English. "She is the master chef," Guilia says of her favorite aunt, Stephania. And when she translates Stephania giggles at the use of the word Master. "Yes I am the Master!" she says. "Everyday since the last 7 months of opening  we sit and talk about the menu. It is a try that one day and try a different dish another day. It is new. The restaurant is a design concept restaurant which means of all the Baccanales in Italy they provide the decor and furniture and you are allowed to make it personal. The food is the one item that is totally personal. Stephania chooses the Baccanale food and I am the person that cooks it! She loves the tartar and we do meat tartar here. The guests are a mixture you know. The political and the Wall Street and the biggest newspaper in Milan's office is here and they come in everyday. We try to see do they love this pasta and of course 1/2 is the tourists that come to try real Italian food. Stephania loves that to try and create the different food everyday." When I ask Stephania what her husband loves to do she says, "He loves watching everybody and he loves the people. He is much more the people person talking to everybody and I am the one that loves to make the different food. It is a perfect combination."She says and intertwines her fingers together. Since Stephania says "that Milan is a Fashion, Sports, Business city." when I ask her to describe the city. "RUGBY!" says her husband, Marco, "My father is a sports guy, in Chicago they have 10 famous Rugby teams!"

Be prepared for a fast-paced real family when you enter Baccanale in Milan. Above you see the artistic work of one of the sons, Lapo..."One of my sons is here and is a artist the way that I am" says Stephania(the owner and wife of the Capo, Marco). "One is married in Chicago-his wife is from Chicago and he is studying to be a pilot. One is Gaia who is in London and the younger one, Giacomo is too young to work with us." She says.  "I WANT TO OPEN A BACCANALE SOON IN CHICAGO!" says her husband Marco! "WE love the city of Milan and the Italian people and that is the warm affection that we missed working and living in palma di maiorca the last 7 years. And since our son is in Chicago we thought we should open a Baccanale here too." she says. 

 "The young yuppies love the famous Milan aperitivos  which start here from 18:00pm to 20:00pm, 6Euros to 8Euros drink and all the buffet...they love it."  

"The fresh Italian ingredients that make tourists from all around the world come to Italy!" says the Cowboy, one of the staff that helps translate for me. When I enter for the interview, Marco yells, "COWBOY! ENGLISH!"               The cook is pictures here & below is Marco.

"The main thing is to have fun." says Stephania through the help of Guilia. And she is joined on and off by Marco and while he runs to the counter, Lapo comes back and forth to translate the English. 

     "The family is wonderful. I lived for a little while with my aunt in Palma di Maorica and in Australia.                                                                    They love each other and they love to travel.  They love Milan yet it is about bringing a great Pizzeria such as the famous Baccanale to the people of Milan and when it succeeds to bring the Milan culture to Chicago. They love that city and their son loves that city. Yet he misses his family. They thought alright the Baccanale is truly successful here and lets try America now." says Guilia.  Look out Chicago here comes the Fatai and Paganoni families of Milan!  

At Tre Cristi Milan the decor is beautiful, elegant, sophisticated and modern with starched waiters ironing the linen tableclothes at 12:00pm as I chat with the owner...ultimate luxury... 
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"I traveled all over the world," says Riccardo, one of the owners of Tre Cristi in Milano, the otherTre Cristi being the original world famous 1830 in Siena, Italy. "I traveled for 25 years around the world and lived in Asia and  Australia, India, Korea. I feel most at home in Siena where I am born yet the world has shown me many things and I am a much more sophisticated person than when I grew up in Sienna, if that makes sense?" he says. "Maybe 100 Countries around the world with dealing in Pharmacia Business. Milan is very different than Siena which is a provincial traditional Italian town. Milan is a small city that acts like a big city. It behaves like New York yet it is in fact a much much smaller city. And it doesn't really represent Italy. It is South Central Europe and the Italian things that you can find in Milan is only the Italian habits of internationals that moved here. The food here is Italian yet since we have one of the top 10 chefs in all of Italy and the top 15th in the World who is now the head cook and the other cook comes from a 3 star Michelin. There are only 5 in Italy in the entire world. The food and kitchen here we say is a research center. We try to find the raw materials of the food and the chef's expertise is to take that raw material and make something unique with it." Traveling the world of 100 Countries and settling in the provincial town of Sienna and Ultra chic Milan? "Yep I got bored with traveling Asia and exotic the end they're all the same and one must settle in a place that one feels comfortable with and I am happiest here." Riccardo says. With a famous staff and a super glamourous restaurant they hope that many people come here and fall in love with the concept and the food and "yes be curious about the original 1830 Sienna Restaurant and take a trip to Sienna. And in addition if they come from the south and love the Sienna restaurant I hope my brother who runs Sienna Tre Cristi sends his guests here. He is most mad that my restaurant is more sophisticated and highest quality of chefs in Italy!" Laughs Riccardo.

 Above Paolo Lapriore, one of the 15th best chefs in the World, says that they want to develope a convivial kitchen. A research center for food! And that the friends who make up the Tre Cristi he has found to be both emotionally and professionally supportive of him and the project. And while that may sound a little too scientific for you! Take a walk to Tre Cristi and see the beauty of the restaurant every bit as modern and techi as you can imagine and do dinner...highest quality of food "a little bit more sophisticated than Siena's Tre Cristi" says Riccardo.

My favorite color combinations of all in here...the Swiss colors of Teal and White mixed together with wood paneled floors and sleek chrome and black kitchen...