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Where to buy Panettone in Milan

Updated for 2016!

It’s December and with Christmas right around the corner, there’s one treat we can’t get out of our heads (or our  hands!): panettone!  This fluffy brioche cake that is practically synonymous with Milan is made from eggs, flour, butter sugar, raisins and candied fruits.

These cylindrical shaped Christmas cakes with mushroom-like tops have started popping up left and right at all the pasticcerie around Italy, both a good and a bad thing as there are both deliciously authentic and mass-produced options available.  If you’re local, we have collected five of the best pastry shops where to buy panettone in and around Milan.

If you’re not local, where do you begin?  How do you discern the good from the not-so-good? Well fear not! We sought advice from our lovely friend and panettone expert Lydia Capasso, writer for Gastronomia Mediterranea, archeologist and all-around awesome lady who was one of the judges for GazzaGolosa’s Best Panettone in Italy.

We asked Lydia for some tips on how to make sure your panettone falls into the good (not the not-so-good) category. She advises starting with sight and smell as those senses can discern quality in addition to taste:

  • All of the dough must be leavened first; the upper cap should not have any cracks or imperfections and should only exceed the paper cup lining by no more than the width of 2 or 3 fingers.
  • Once the panettone is cut open, the bubbles produced during the rising must be regular and elongated; the presence of large bubbles is a sign of poor workmanship.
  • The cake inside should be soft and moist.
  • The candied fruits and raisins should be evenly distributed and soft.
  • The panettone should smell like butter, along with an intense, pleasant aroma of candied fruit.
  • Once tasted the cake should not have a strange aftertaste that indicates the presence of artificial flavors or low quality fat.
  • Homemade panettone almost always has a cross engraved on the top of the cap and, if you look hard enough, four small holes at the bottom  as it’s usually cooled upside down hanging from two iron rods.

In no particular order, here are five pastry stops where to buy panettone in and around Milan, all approved by Lydia. :)

PASTICCERIA BESUSCHIO

Located in Abbiategrasso, a charming quintessential Italian town about a 30-minute drive from Milan.  Andrea Besuschio prepares some at his pastry shop that has received nationwide acclaim.

Piazza Marconi, 59 Abbiategrasso (MI); + 39 02 94966479
Thursday through Tuesday: 8am – 8pm Closed Wednesday
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PANIFICIO DAVIDE LONGONI

Bread master Davide Longoni has a way with panettone, too.

Via Tiraboschi 19;  +39 02 9163 8069

Tuesday – Friday: 7.30am – 10.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 10.30pm
Sunday: 8.30am – 1.30pm
Monday: 7.30am – 3pm
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PASTICCERIA MARTESANA

Placed on Gazza Golosa’s Best Panettone in Italy competition!

Via Cagliero, 14; + 39 02.66986634
Open Seven Days: 7.30am – 8.30pm

Via Paolo Sarpi, 64; + 39 02 9926 5069
Open Seven Days: 7.30am – 8pm
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PAVÈ

One of our favorite places for anything sweet, Pave makes an awesome panettone, available in both classic and a chocolate flavored.

Via Felice Casati, 27; + 39 02 94392259
Open: Tuesday– Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8.30am to 7pm
Closed Monday
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PASTICCERIA MARCHESI

A classic pastry shop dating back to 1842 puts forth one of our favorite classics.

Via S. Maria alla Porta 11/a; +39 02.862770
Monday – Saturday: 7.30am – 8.00pm
Sunday: 8.3 am – 1pm

Via Monte Napoleone 9; +39 02.76008238
Monday – Sunday: 7.30am – 9pm

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; +39 02.94181710
Monday – Sunday 7.30am – 9pm
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PECK

This venerated gourmet institution sells panettone year-round and during the holidays, they offer two flavors in addition to the classic: orange, ginger and pineapple as well as chocolate and pear.

Via Spadari, 9; +39  3902 802 3161
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 8pm
Friday: 8.30am – 8pm
Saturday: 7.30am – 7.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm
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PASTICCERIA MERLO

Placed in Gazza Golossa Best Panettoni in Italy contest.

106, Via Roma in Pioltello (outskirts of Milan); +39 02 92105824
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Best pastry shops in Milan

When you think of Italian sweets, some of the most internationally recognized desserts might come to mind: cannoli, tiramisu, sfogliatelle and tartufo. While these are all delicious and rightfully merit a place in the canon of Italian pastries, there’s plenty more Italian sweets to consider.

Below are seven picks for some of the best pastry shops in Milan….from cookies and brioche to cakes and bon-bons, you’ll find a number of glorious, sweet-tooth-worthy delights.

PAVÈ

Pave--Best Pastry Shops in Milan
One of the best ways to start the day is with Pavè’s Brioche 160 (pictured above). The 160 indicates the brioche’s weight in grams….100 of these little guys are inside the brioche in the form of marmelatta (apricot jam)! Other outstanding items include the plum cake, fruit crostatte and millefoglie, among others. Also worth noting is the bread, all made from 100% Italian wheat flour and rises 8 hours before being baked on stone. Heavenly.

Via Felice Casati, 27; + 39 02 94392259

Open: Monday – Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8.30am to 7pm

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PASTICCERIA MARCHESI

Pasticceria Marchesi--Best Pastry Shops in MilanFounded in 1824, Pasticceria Marchesi is one of Milan’s oldest and most beloved pastry shops. The care and attention to detail put into their window displays alone can rival those found outside some of Milan’s top fashion stores, a fitting comparison given that Prada has recently become the shop’s main proprietor. You’ll find precious chocolates, an array of biscotti, fruit tarts, bon-bons and more. The pasticceria sits on the corner of Corso Magenta, not too far from Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church housing Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11a; + 39 02 862770 / 02 876730
Tuesday – Saturday: 7.30am-8pm
Sunday: 8:30 am to 1pm


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ERNST KNAM

Ernst Knam--Best Pastry Shops in Milan
German pastry chef Ernst Knam is known to the public for his role as a judge on “Bake Off Italy” and the face of the reality show “Il Re del Cioccolato” (The King of Chocolate). One visit to his shop and you’ll see that his on-camera personas are rightly deserved. The pastry master, one of the best in Italy, had the privilege of working under legendary Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi. You’ll find here thoughtful biscotti, diverse praline flavors and chocolate to make you squirm with delight as well as many other mouth-watering treats.

Via Augusto Anfossi, 10; + 39 02 5519 4448

Monday: 4pm – 8pm

Tuesday – Friday: 10am-1pm, 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 10am-1.30pm, 3pm-8pm
Sunday: 10am-1pm

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Panzera

Panzera--Best Pastry Shops in Milan
Former engineer Lorenzo Panzera completely switched career gears to take on his family trade and now owns two locations of this delightful namesake pastry shop. They do a nice panettone around the holidays and you’ll find an array of Italian pastries prepared in Viale Monte Santo location’s laboratory, which is viewable from the main area. See where the dreamy dolce like the mini Monte Bianco and cassata pastries are prepared.

Viale Monte Santo, 10; + 39 02 659 7327
Daily: 7am-8pm

Piazza Duca d’Aosta; +39 02 6710 0917
Daily: 5.30am-9.30pm

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PASTICCERIA SISSI

Pasticcereia Sissi--Best Pastry Shops in Milan
This charming pastry shop is the birth child of a beautiful love story between a born-and-bred Milanese woman and a Senegalese immigrant. Today, their children run the show, which boasts delectable Italian sweet treats from brioche to cookies to tarts to chocolate. The open-air garden in the back is a lovely little sanctuary, the perfect place to relax with a coffee in the morning or enjoy an afternoon snack. Also, their Saturday and Sunday noon aperitivo is delightful! Have a spiked spremuta with a number of freshly baked mini pizzas on the side along with some nuts and olives.

Piazza Risorgimento 6; +39 (0)2 7601 4664

Wednesday-Saturday: 6.30am to 8.00pm
Closes at 12pm on Monday
Closed on Tuesday

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PASTICCERIA MARTESANA

Pasticceria Martesana--Best Pastry Shops in Milan
A must-visit for chocolate pilgrims, Pasticceria Martesana belongs to pastry genius Davide Comaschi, winner of the 2013 World Chocolate Masters, an annual competition held in Paris. You’ll find here the most refined versions of seasonal specialties such as Easter’s colomba and Christmas’ panettone; ridiculously immaculate cakes, perfect cookies and, of course, exceptional chocolate. A second outpost opened in Chinatown in late 2015.

Via Cagliero, 14; + 39 02.66986634
Daily: 7.30am – 8.30pm

Via Paolo Sarpi 64; + 39 02 99265069
Daily: 8.00am-8.00pm

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Best breakfast places in Milan

In Italy, breakfast is not even remotely the most important meal of the day, but you can still eat well if you know the best breakfast places in Milan.

Most of the time, breakfast in Milan is a matter to be taken care of quickly: just a sip of Espresso coffee (remember, this is what you get when you order “un caffè” in Italy) and a “brioche” – yes, in Milan we use the French word for it, although it is more bread-like and less buttery than a proper French croissant. A “brioche” becomes a “cornetto” in Rome.

Most Milanese people have their breakfast while standing. Reason for this is that first, we are always hurrying and saying “I’m late” just like Alice in Wonderland’s white rabbit; second: we like our coffee hot and the shorter the way from the coffee machine to our extended arm, the better.

Let’s now take a look together at the best breakfast places in Milan for a quick morning stop or for a long, leisurely vacation day colazione. – Sara Porro

MAROTIN

Marotin--Best Breakfast Places in Milan
The unpretentious Marotin sounds French, but the name is actually the nickname of lovely Mariangela, owner and pastry chef. And one must admit it looks French as well – like the ideal corner spot in Paris.
The cappuccino is a personal favorite: foamy, rich but not overly so, served at the perfect temperature. Quick detour to help you recognize a proper cappuccino: Cappuccino does not *have* milk foam on top – Cappuccino *is* foam. If yours has milk foam on top and plain caffe latte underneath, it’s a no-no. The only milk to use is full-fat, fresh: the use of long shelf life milk will infuriate the moody and hyper caffeinated gods of cappuccino. Marotin also makes nice, crispy brioche, freshly squeezed orange juice, lovely pastafrolla biscuits. A cappuccino costs 1,40€.

Via Archimede 59; +39 02 7395 7790
Open daily from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, only in the morning on Sunday

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PASTICCERIA SISSI

This delightful pasticceria is dolce (sweet) starting from the pastel rose of the walls and the cute lacy bonnets the ladies are wearing. Stopping there for breakfast on a Thursday morning – market day in the neighborhood – is a lovely way to start of the day. I always go for cappuccino and a huge bignè alla crema chantilly (beignet filled with 50% whipped cream, 50% vanilla custard), incredibly rich and satisfying.

Bear in mind that in Italy it is entirely common to pay differently for the same order based on whether you’re standing (or taking away) or sitting at a table, and taking a seat at Sissi is a particularly pricey privilege – we’re talking almost 10€ for a small breakfast.

Piazza Risorgimento 6; +39 (0)2 7601 4664
Wednesday-Saturday: 6.30am to 8.00pm
Closes at 12pm on Monday
Closed on Tuesday

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PAVÈ

Pave--Where to eat breakfast in Milan

Pavè, we said it before, is one of the best pastry shops in Milan. It is also one of the most pleasant places for the kind of weekend breakfast that starts with cappuccino and brioche – stuff your face with the apricot marmelade-filled 160, be prepared to spill some on your chin / clothes – and move straight on to aperitivo: Pavè has a quirky little list of old school Milanese cocktails. This place is a great choice if you’re going to devote more than the average Milanese time for breakfast – that is, more than 3 minutes.

Via Felice Casati 27; +39 02 94392259
Monday-Friday:8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am-7pm

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TAGLIO

Taglio-Best breakfast places in Milan
Now you know everything about traditional Milanese breakfast. But maybe, despite what they say about being in Rome etc etc, you wake up with a dead-set motivation to get a savory breakfast instead. No judgement! (Full disclosure: it also happens to us when we are badly hungover). The laid-back Taglio, on the Navigli, is the perfect place for you: every morning they have amazing pour-over coffee and a variety of dishes: scrambled eggs (plain, with vegetables, bacon, or salmon & eggs) plus pancakes, omelettes and crepes. They don’t come particularly cheap though: expect to pay around 14-17€ for a plate of eggs, well within the range of Milan pricing, but easily some of the best in the city.

Via Vigevano 10; +39 02 36534294
Monday-Friday: 8am-11:45pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am-11:45pm

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