The Milanophiles

The Milanophiles

The Milanophiles champions the food, wine, beverage, and lifestyle culture of Milan - home to Italy's most electric food scene. Host Jaclyn DeGiorgio is a food, wine, and travel writer who's watched the city's food scene evolve since 2014. The fiercest champion for her adopted city and its surroundings you'll ever meet, Jaclyn celebrates Milan's overlooked, though no less noteworthy, role in Italian food culture.


May 5, 2023 6 mins

Jaclyn DeGiorgio, a food and wine writer and food tour guide in Milan, shares some highlights from Salone del Mobile (aka Design Week) and then reflects on the first season of The Milanophiles. Stay tuned for season two, coming this summer! 

Design Week highlights


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Jaclyn DeGiorgio shares a clip from her interview with food journalist Roberta Abate that didn't make the cut for the final interview.


Wineries mentioned:

Jaclyn's Porta Romana dining guide 

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If you haven't listened to Pizza Culture with Simone and Lombardi and Giovanni Mineo of Crosta part 1, please go back and do so before tuning into this one. (It's episode number 14, and it was released on March 31. Here's the link. )

We continue chatting about Milan's pizza culture and in doing so, we dispel a couple of Italy food myths that circulate like wildfire on the social networks. 


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Jaclyn speaks with Caterina Monda, co-founder of Metis PR, a Milan-based PR firm representing clients in the design industry. They chat about the meaning of "Made in Italy", what to expect during Design Week, and the allure of their adopted city, among other topics.

Caterina's Instagram
Metis PR Instagram
Jaclyn's Blog
Jaclyn's Instagram
The Milanophiles Instagram


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Marcello Rapisardi of Pasticceria e Dessert in Milan joins Jaclyn for a bonus episode to discuss Italian Easter sweets. 

Relevant links:

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Today Jaclyn speaks with pastry chef  Marcello Rapisardi of Pasticerria e Dessert, a whimsical pastry shop in Milan where the offerings include a mind-blowing carbonara praline and other unexpected sweets nestled alongside the classics. We speak about his time working for chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Moreno Cedroni, his philosophy, his approach to pastry, and more. 

Links to anything referenced in the show:

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Jaclyn DeGiorgio speaks with pizza and bread extraordinaires Simone Lombardi and Giovanni Mineo of Crosta, one of Milan's best pizzerias and bakeries. Here's part 1 of their conversation. They discuss whether or not there's a Milanese pizza, the history of pizza, Crosta itself, and more. Spoiler alert: In part two (coming next week), we dispel two myths about Italy. 

Crosta opened in 2018 and in 2020, they...

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March 24, 2023 4 mins

As cardoon season is winding down, Jaclyn discusses the elusive artichoke thistle and also shares some versions she had in Milan recently. 

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Jaclyn DeGiorgio has tried all five of the Starbucks drinks from the Oleato line--those infused with extra-virgin olive oil and she shares her thoughts. 


Jaclyn's blog: A Signorina in Milan

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Jaclyn discusses a must-eat when visiting Milan: mondeghili (Milanese meatballs). 

Sources used for the episode:

Restaurants to try them 

The recipe...
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March 3, 2023 1 min

This week Jaclyn DeGiorgio follows-up on last week's episode with a brief update Starbucks' new Oleato line.  

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Jaclyn DeGiorgio discusses Starbucks in Italy, her fondness for the coffee titan, and her thoughts on the new Oleato olive-oil range of beverages that debuted in Italy this week. 

Sources for the episode:

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February 16, 2023 7 mins

The Sanremo Festival came and went, so Jaclyn has decided to dedicate this brief episode of The Milanophiles to her thoughts on the occasion, which plays an integral part in Italy’s contemporary lifestyle culture. 

Sanremo Official website
Sanremo  2023 Wikipedia
Chiara Ferragni instagram 

Episode photo by Bogomil Mihaylov on Unsplash

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For this episode of The Milanophiles, Jaclyn DeGiorgio veers fuori strada, or off course, to discuss one of her favorite annual occasions: the Sanremo Italian Song Festival, whose 73rd edition takes place from February 7 - 11,  2023.

Jaclyn's blog, A Signorina in Milan, and Instagram handle @jaclyndegiorgio

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Pastamadre restaurant is a must-visit when you're in Milan. Today, Jaclyn speaks to chef Francesco Costanzo about his beloved restaurant in the Porta Romana district.

The natural wines Francesco mentions:

What to see in Milan 

  • Architecture from the late 19th to ea...
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Many people don't know that Milan has a prolific natural wine scene, one that's on par with its counterparts in big European cities like Paris, London, and Barcelona. She speaks with Alessandro Ambrosi, the owner of an enoteca called Vinello a Milano, which specializes in natural, biodynamic, and organic wines. 

Here are links to the places, wines, etc., discussed:

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Warning: as I mention in the beginning of the episode, there was a problem with my mic, so my voice sounds a bit faint at parts, but you can hear my guests perfectly: chef Cesare Battisti of the restaurant Ratanà and Gabriele Zanatta of Identità Golose. They co-wrote a beautiful book Cucina Milanese Contemporanea (Contemporary Milanese cooking) available in both Italian and English

My blog post with the recipe for risotto with pum...

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Since it's winter, Jaclyn DeGiorgio discusses the Barbajada, the historic Milanese hot chocolate that's few and far between these days.


Jaclyn's local coffee spot: Torrefazione Hodeidah

Jaclyn's blog post about where to the Barbajada in Milan

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Panettone features prominently in the media every holiday season, but this year Milan's signature leavened delight garnered some aberrant attention, which food writer Jaclyn DeGiorgio discusses in the episode.  Warning: she's rather upset by some of the shady practices! 

Here are links to the sources cited and/or consulted for the episode.  

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December 30, 2022 17 mins

Food writer Jaclyn DeGiorgio discusses some of her top dining experiences in Milan from the past year. Just to clarify, the list is by no means exhaustive as she set specific criteria for this episode: restaurants she either visited for the first time or those that she returned to after a significant amount of time elapsed between visits. Below are links to the restaurants  she mentions in the article, and here's her blog post...

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