Hg2 : The Hedonist


Unchanged since opening in 1961, Gattullo was the height of modernity in terms of Milan’s cafés at the time. Now it has segued into one of Milan’s finest traditional spots – albeit with quirky 1960s frosted glass chandeliers and retro sculpted wall-to-wall walnut panels. It is still run by Domenico Gattullo and his wife and son – Domenico is mostly in the on-site laboratorio harvesting the panettone (in fact he now has his own ‘pane-tummy’).

The L-shaped café is half bar, half tea salon: here just five small sugar-pink tables are lined up along the length of a glass counter filled with hand-made chocolates, marrons glacés, candied fruit and cream cakes. There’s no menu but most demands can be obliged, from prize-winning panini to foïe gras and Iranian caviar. At the walnutty bar, its loyal locals revere its aperitivo snacks and toast the bow-tied waiters with the house cocktail of gin, vodka, Campari and Aperol, aptly named the ‘Domenichino’

Piazzale di Porta Lodovica, 2,
Porta Ladovica
+39 02 583 104 97
Opening Times
7am-9pm daily. Closed three weeks in August.
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