Milan, Italy
Benedetta, 31
Food Writer & Photography
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I recently quit my job as a digital marketer to focus on what used to be my "other" job: food writing and food photography. I decided it was time for me to sail away from the safe harbor of a nine-to-five job and finally embrace my dream to work as a freelance in the field I love the most: food, of course!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Songs by Paolo Nutini, Bon Iver, Nina Simone, Glen Hansard, Joni Mitchell... I actually like to listen to fairly sad music most of the time, melancholic songs fit me quite well, and most of the time they have not only better melodies, but better lyrics too. I'm one of those people who will always know all the lyrics to a song by heart and can practically karaoke over any tune :)

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Downton Abbey is my absolute favourite because I'm an anglophile at heart, but I also loved Doctor House (who doesn't like a bit of hospital thrill) and House of Cards (I'm a big fan of Kevin Spacey).

Name some spots in Milan that are good for a Tinder date.

Hard to say as I'm not on Tinder, but I guess I'd pick my favourite cafè and pastry shop, Pavè (you'll find it on my map). If a guy didn't like it, he would certainly not be my Mr. Right.

Who’s your hero and where in Milan would you take them out for a serious hang?

I am not sure I have a hero, but if I did, I'd invite him/her for dinner at my place. When I like somebody, I will always want to cook for him/her: sharing food is my way of saying that I care.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My absolute favourite shop is called Suede, I marked it in the map for you. Despite living in Milan, I'm not much of a fashion victim: I can be seen around sporting all sorts of random clothes, I don't really care much.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Discos and clubs in general - I'm an old lady at heart, so I don't do dancing and clubbing, ever, at all. On a more general note, I'm very lazy and mostly never leave the very heart of the city centre, so it's highly unlikely to meet me in the outskirts of the city.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Climbing up the stairs to the top of the Duomo: it's a bit of a touristy activity and there is often a long queue, but the view is so worth it! On a clear day, when the sky is blue, one gets to see the whole city and even the Alps in the distance.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Milan and where did you get it?

One of the most amazingly decadent dishes I have had in Milan is the famous "cipolla caramellata" (caramelized onion), prepared by the chef Davide Oldani in his restaurant D'O

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Milan that you particularly like?

A very special place that comes to mind is the 1930 cocktail bar; it's a secret speakeasy location and you can only access it by invitation, if you convince the owners of the Mag bar - in the Navigli area - to allow you in.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Milan? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I am all about cool little places, I don't often choose fancy restaurants, but for high-end food I'd go to Cracco I guess. Milano has a couple of spa options, but I would not recommend them: these things are better done in Switzerland and Germany, where there is an older tradition. As for hotels, the ultimate treat is the Mandarin Oriental.

What restaurant in Milan looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

My super favourite place for pizza, Pizzeria Rino la Vecchia Napoli, is absolutely ugly but serves the most amazing fried aubergine pizza you'll ever taste!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Milan? Which one do you like?

Pravda is my favourite place for drinks in Milan. Just tell the barman the type of stuff you like and he'll surprise your tastebuds with incredibly unexpected cocktails. For me, he usually whips up something with vodka and a mix of fresh mint and mint syrup which is simply unbelievable, and I always end up drinking... a few too many glasses.

Where would you take your partner in Milan if you wanted to really pamper them?

When I want to treat my guests to something special or really spoil somebody, my favourite choice is a nice dinner at

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

I love taralli, they are like little crackers similar in texture to a breadstick, but round in shape. They are totally addictive!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Milan?

Via della Spiga is considered one of the unmissable fashion places in the city but I never quite liked it. Way too posh for me!

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Milan?

We have an amazing roman church called Santa Maria delle Grazie. Most tourist walk past it on their way to see the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci but very few stop to check it out; it's actually a beautiful building, with stunning mosaiques and a quiet closter that always restores peace in my heart.

What are the Milan spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

1. The Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele; 2. Brera district and the new Porta Garibaldi area; 3. Castello Sforzesco together with parco Sempione; 4. the gardens of Porta Venezia, with the PAC museum 5. la Triennale design museum

Tomorrow’s your last day in Milan. How do you spend it?

Eating good food, easy!

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Tel Aviv is my favourite place to be, it has an unrivalled cool vibe!

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