While many of Milan’s traditional pasticcerie still live somewhat in the past, none seems more of a time warp than Sant Ambroeus. With original 1930s decor as sugary as the cakes, majestic Murano chandeliers and silver rose vases on every peachy-coloured table, it’s rather like a grand seaside tea salon, albeit a little dusty and weathered. This is an ideal spot to take a slice of cake along with an authentic slice of old Milanese society. Sant Ambroeus’s speciality is intricately decorated celebration cakes – from scale models of the Duomo to replica Caravaggio paintings, all made in the on-site laboratorio, along with the usual splendid fare of fruit tartlets, marrons glaces, candied fruit and so on. Canopied pavement seating serves Sant Ambroeus all year round, as do polite and attentive waiters, while the family owners like to think that Sant Ambroeus is served and protected by Milan’s patron saint St Ambrose, hence the name.