Milan, Italy
Bianka, 31
Art Director
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I’m a visual designer and art director working with agencies, creative studios and magazines. If you are an artist, it feels like Milan is the right place to be right now. I love how the Italian craftsmanship and their tradition of quality merges with the contemporary waves in fashion & design. I am originally Hungarian, but I've left my home and lived in many countries before. I was not expecting to end up here - seriously, this language is crazy difficult! - and took me falling in love with an Italian guy, before I moved here and could fall in love with the city as well. Now I am the happiest to live, love and work in Milan.

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

Jeff Buckley is the guru of breakup songs, though I like to listen to more upbeat music when I'm getting through a split. 'Break Up Together' from Theo Katzman is a great song to embrace your newly-gained freedom.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Rick and Morty, Better Call Saul and The Good Place from the new ones.. and Black Books, Office, Monty Phython, Little Britain - I love British humour.

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

I love stand up, and there is a very cool scene here in Milan. These guys are very talented and the television is about to discover them as well. You can catch them in Dogana di Milano, often performing for free. I've seen their live shows when they had it in English, they were wickedly hilarious. The reason why I can't visit their gigs is that I can't understand a single word when they perform in Italian :/ But if you're good with the language, you should definitely go see them.

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

It was in La Pulperia, where ate percebes as part of the 'giro di tapas speciale'. Weirdest thing I've ever seen on my plate. Another unforgettable dish was the snail burger which I tried at the Streeat Festival.

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

Intendedly, but bad taste: Poporoya is the sushi experience I doubt you'd ever forget. It is ugly, extremely small, loud, but at least uncomfortable. Nothing schickimicki. Chances are high that the staff will not smile at you and you will be waiting outside for quite some time till you can be seated. And these are just some of the reasons why we love and come back to Poporoya. True to the core, simple Japanese place - oh and by the way, they make the absolute best sushi in Milan! (There is also another Poporoya across the street, so make sure you don’t go to the restaurant instead - which would be far too comfy and boring for you, anyway!)

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

Try Zinc or Wood*ing. Very good quality, contemporary drinks made with a lot of creativity and passion. I also marked them on the map for you.

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

To the Armani Hotel and Restaurant, or to the QC Therme.

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

One thing I love about being a foreigner in Milan is that my friends love to spoil me with their traditional specialties! I got the chance to try out so many things, from the areas of Valtellina to Puglia and Napoli. I’d like to recommend you a sweet snack which is called ‘sfogliatella riccia’, or in English the ‘lobster tail’: It is a delicious, extra flaky Neapolitan pastry - and don’t worry, it has nothing to do with lobsters :) Last summer I also spotted a place where they make probably the best sfogliatelle in town: it’s called Capperi Che Pizza at the square of Santa Maria del Suffragio. Their pizza napoletana is also a must try.

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

As writer Antonio Savinio said once:' Tutta pietra in apparenza e dura' meaning that Milan is full of stones and it might seem rough at first, but then he added that 'In realtà è morbida di giardini interni', saying that the real beauty is hidden in the inner gardens of the buildings. Underrated might not be the right word to describe this, but when you go to discover Milan’s amazing architecture and shopping districts, don’t forget to look behind the facades and behind gates; because the inner beauty of Milan is everywhere, and magic lies in many of its courtyards.

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

There are some essentials: the Duomo, of course, and once you are there, you can climb up to the rooftop bar of the most luxurious shopping palace called La Rinascente. There you will find a fantastic view over the square. For another amazing view over Milan, don’t miss out the sky bar of Ceresio 7. For the best art exhibitions, visit Fondazione Prada or Hangar Bicocca. In the afternoon, have a walk in the newly built area of Porta Nuova, visit the lovely Bosco Verticale and Gae Aulenti. And in case you visit during the Design Week, come down to Bar Basso, the historic cocktail bar where you'll find all the designers hanging out together.

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

It's not really a city, but Ibiza has everything that I would want for a good vacation.

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Giulio Paletta