Pastries at Panzerotti Luini
Creative, fashion hub, design obsessed and well caffeinated, Milan is a culinary haven of sorts. Never mind the risotto al Milanese or loubocco, two of Milan’s signature dishes, Panzerotti a traditional bread dough folded in a half moon shape with assorted fillings, mainly mozzarella and tomato is what you should get a taste of when in Milan. The variety and range of food is limited in the centre of Milan. Sit-down restaurants tend to be on the expensive side. The main alternative option tends to be fast food. However, this is where Luini’s Panzerotti comes into its own. Delicious and made from fresh ingredients Panzerotti straddle the middle between sit-down restaurants and fast food. Luini, a small takeaway restaurant is where this delicious pastry is sold. It is easy to find. The long queues mainly of local Milanese that start from the front of the restaurant heading towards the Corso Vittorio Emanuele is usually a give away.
Panzerotti Luini is now part of Milan culture and with the Duomo and the last supper painting of Leornardo da Vinci makes up a trio of unmissable experiences when in Milan. As Milanese as this takeaway, established in the 1940s is, it actually has its roots in Puglia, Southern Italy where the founder, Mrs Giuseppina Luini hailed from. The restaurant, like many of the best pastry restaurants in the world is run by Luini’s son and grandson.
One of the most charming things about Panzerotti Luini is the relaxed way in which diners munch on their Panzerottis. You’d find diners leaning against walls of nearby building tucking into their Panzerottis whilst no doubt enjoying the sweet aroma of freshly baked dough coming from the restaurant. Even though Milan is great for shopping and it has garnered a fearsome reputation as the fashion capital of the world, what I find myself telling would be visitors to make sure they experience is Panzerotti Luini. A fine traditional Milanese culinary culture that will always bring back fond memories of Milano.