Corsia del Giardino
A short stroll from the historical La Scala opera house will bring you to the peaceful surrounds of Corsia del Giardino. The restaurant’s garden-inspired interiors, from the plant-like art to the chocolatey-brown and verdurous green colour scheme, are enhanced by the sight of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum’s garden through the expansive windows. Even the restaurant’s name is a nod to the area’s verdant history; the street was called “Corsia del Giardino”, or “lane of gardens”, back in the (neoclassical) day.
A gesture towards history and tradition can also be felt in the Italian cuisine of Chef Paolo Franchi, served throughout breakfast and lunch here. He’s crafted a menu rich in familiar flavours and dishes, preferring simplicity and creativity over exotic ingredients and showmanship. Here, you’ll find salads of 18-month-aged Parma ham with mozzarella and grilled veg, spaghetti with a light, yet satisfying veal and turkey sauce, and plenty of options featuring fat, beefsteak tomatoes and creamy buffalo mozzarella.
Dinner isn’t on the menu at the Corsia del Giardino, instead they focus their attentions on aperitivo. With a selection of freshly made hot and cold dishes, ranging from prawn skewers to sliders, and an impressive cocktail list (negroni, anyone?), Corsia del Giardino is a chic and calm spot for enjoying the Italian ritual before a night on the town. Especially with La Scala just down the road, that is.