We just got back from Italy last night, so I thought I better write about it while it’s still fresh in my mind. Day 1: we fly from IAH to EWR to Malpensa Airport in Milano at 8:50 a.m.

Aaron on the Malpensa Express

Me and my greasy bangs on the Malpensa Express

Me and my greasy bangs on the Malpensa Express

Aaron on the Malpensa Express

Aaron being tired on the Malpensa Express

Aaron being tired on the Malpensa Express

Which was good because we would have the whole day in Milano! Alas, when we actually got to the hotel (we took the Malpensa Express from the airport to Stazione Centrale, then walked to the hotel (about 4 blocks away) it was about 1:00 p.m. We promptly fell asleep in the hotel, which was very nice, and woke up for an early supper.

Hotel:

UNA Hotel

Via Fabio Filzi, 25/B, Milan 20124, Italia
39 02 675041

We went to one of the restaurants in an awesome book we continued to use throughout our trip called Italy for the Gourmet Traveler.

Restaurant info (from Gourmet):

Latteria San Marco

Via San Marco 24

02 6597653

This tiny restaurant, named Latteria as in the dairy shop that used to occupy this space, specializes in food and wine from Piancenza and Milano. Superb salumi start a meal which should also include a risotto and, if you are still hungry, either cotoletta alla milanese or parmigiana di zucchine.

We didn’t bring the book with us so we didn’t order those things, but we did get a thin pounded steak and seafood spaghetti to share, coke (in Italy it is the shape of Red Bull drinks!), and apple tart…

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You can see the chef through the curtains...

The owners are an older couple portrayed in the painting above. The man owner is the chef and I could hear him pound my steak from my table! It was VERY yummy. Unfortunately I was still groggy from the plane and forgot to take pictures. The spaghetti was also DELICIOUS. It had fish, squid, shrimp, and clams, in a white clear sauce with herbs.

We then walked around the city center and found these amazing wine bars that just spilled out into the streets. So many people standing around with wine, just chatting, blocking all traffic:

Wine Bar in Milano

Wine Bar in Milano

We also went to the Scala Opera House:

Aaron at the Scala Opera House

Aaron at the Scala Opera House

And walked through some alleys:

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Walked through several shopping streets that are next to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, which is in a shape of a cross, with 4 story high glass ceilings and looks like a former mansion:

See the glass ceilings

See the glass ceilings

AEM=Aaron Edward Mielke!

AEM=Aaron Edward Mielke!

Milan was so nice and I wish I had more time there (to shop)…

Then it was off to bed in preparation for Rome! Stay tuned…

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