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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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Milan Christmas Dining 2015

Note: This list refers to Christmas 2015. To see restaurants open for Christmas 2016, click here.

Between the holly hauling, stocking hanging and tree trimming, decking the halls can leave you exhausted.  Smack the shopping on top of it all and then have a look at your December dance  card to see what free time, if any,  you have left and you just might decide that cooking a Christmas meal is probably the last thing you want to do. Whether you’re a local or just visiting Milan for the holidays, you might be looking for restaurants in Milan that are open on Christmas 2015.

Like August, many restaurants in Milan close around Christmas…could be anywhere from two days to two weeks. If you’re spending Christmas in Milan and think you might want to dine out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 2015, here are restaurants in Milan that are open for Christmas lunch and Christmas Eve dinner. Whether it’s a budget conscious prix-fixe menu or a fancypants Michelin-starred tasting, here is a round-up of restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.

Terrazza Gallia Restaurant Milan Open Christmas

Terrazza Gallia: Five-course dinner, €110 (beverages excluded), CHRISTMAS EVE; Four-course lunch, €140 (beverages excluded), CHRISTMAS DAY. Executive Chefs Vincenzo and Antonio Lebano under the consultation of the Cerea family. (Top floor, Excelsior Hotel Gallia; Piazza Duca D’Aosta 9; +39 02 6785 1)

Trippa Restaurant Milan Open Christmas

Trippa: Chef Diego Rossi’s six-course dinner for €45. Seating: 8.30pm. CHRISTMAS EVE. (Via Giorgio Vasari, 3; + 39 327 668 7908)

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia Restaurant Milan Open Christmas 2015

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia: Six-course dinner for €160 per person (beverages excluded. CHRISTMAS EVE (Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli, 6; + 39 02 416886)

Berton Restaurant Milan Open Christmas 2015

Berton – Seven-course tasting menu plus panettone for €130 per person (beverages excluded). Chef Andrea Berton. CHRISTMAS DAY (Viale della Liberazione, 13; + 39 02 6707 5801)

Al Garghet Restaurant Milan Open Christmas 2015

Ristorante Al Garghet: Four-course prix fixe, €60 per person (beverages excluded). CHRISTMAS DAY (Via Selvanesco, 36,; + 39 02534698)

Terrazza Gallia Restaurant Milan Open Christmas

L’Osteria Gand Hotel: Seven-course lunch tasting menu, €55 per person (includes a glass of bubbly). CHRISTMAS DAY (Via Ascanio Sforza 75; + 39 02.89511586)

Peck Restaurant Milan Open Christmas 2015

Peck: For anyone looking to bring a restaurant to his or her home, Chef Matteo Vigotti’s three different tasting menus cost €140, €120 and €100 per person and are available for take-away. Order must be placed by December 16th.  (Via Spadari 9; +39 028023161)