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Golden Brown, the Finest Bakeries of Milan

They say that a good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all food. And for good reasons. Milan's signature bread – michetta – has made its way since the 20th century and it's a tasty delight available for everyone, from traditional bakeries to the most stylish ones. Follow the smell of good bread baking with us and discover Milan's top prestiné.

1. PANIFICIO DAVIDE LONGONI
Take the yeast base and the stone-milled biological bread flour combined with sea salt and you'll taste a delicious and naturally leavened michetta at the Panificio Davide Longoni in via Tiraboschi 19. And there is much more to try, like local specialties filled with nuts, raisins, olives, persimmons and chestnuts or other types of bread made by using the earliest cultivated forms of wheat, like the tumminia bread (from Sicily), the monococco bread (also known as the Einkorn bread) or the kamut bread (made from a rich nutty flavored Oriental wheat).
 
2. BREADLY
One Thousand and One Flours: the hulled wheat, the Khorosan, the Einkorn, the soft wheat, the durum wheat. At Breadly, a cozy bakery open till late in via Vigevano 9, flour is the essence of everything. Grab one of their home-made beers and taste it along with a slice of focaccia or a piece of pizza, all baked by using Slow Food products and natural local goods.  

3. PREMIATO FORNO CANTONI
It's since 1905 that Premiato Forno Cantoni, a sort of boutique-bakery located in piazza Giovine Italia 2, wakes up Milan with a fresh smell of bread, quiches, small pizzas and sweets. Not to the mention the traditional Panettone – an Italian must during Christmas. The bakery is a simple delight for the eyes, as well, decorated in pure Liberty style, with wooden shelves, crystals and ancient panelling.   
   
4. LA BAGOTTA
Ever heard of Bagotta? It's a new type of bread, baked with yeast base, stone-milled durum wheat, water and salt at the bakery of the same name in via Esterle 29. The main focus is to use simple and natural ingredients that can recreate the original flavors and that can ensure the production of easily digestible food. And you can't leave without first trying the baciotto, a small morsel of bread, available both sweet and spicy.
 
5. PRINCI
The most international, the most buzzed-about, His Majesty, Princi! With 4 different spots in Milan (in piazza XV Aprile, in via Ponte Vetero, in Largo la Foppa and in via Speronari) and one recently opened in London in 135 Wardour Street, it's THE bakery where you can always stop by for your favourite piece of bread, whether it is on a Sunday morning or late at night. Regardless, it will always be fresh and tasty. Our suggestion? Take a table inside and enjoy the morning taste of their croissants while sipping an espresso or try the crunchy pizza with a cocktail in the evening.
 
6. THE FORNO DI VIA COMMENDA
This small bakery is the perfect place for everyone who wishes to taste the bread as it used to be baked back in times and who wishes to enjoy at its fullest a quick lunch break by eating a delicious pizza or a focaccia. They say that the Forno di Via Commenda serves 50 types of bread, with a mixture of veggies, nuts, herbs, rice and chocolate. Can you believe it? Go and check it out!
    
7. ROSSI&ROSSI
Two entire floors are dedicated to this exclusive bakery located a few steps from the Church of San Nazzaro, in Corso di Porta Romana. Everyday small pizzas, bread and sweets are being baked on the lower floor, while on the upper one, a modern and bright shop, everyone's attention is caught by the products being exposed to daylight, that can be tasted during breakfast, lunch and for an early aperitivo.

1. PANIFICIO DAVIDE LONGONI
Take the yeast base and the stone-milled biological bread flour combined with sea salt and you'll taste a delicious and naturally leavened michetta at the Panificio Davide Longoni in via Tiraboschi 19. And there is much more to try, like local specialties filled with nuts, raisins, olives, persimmons and chestnuts or other types of bread made by using the earliest cultivated forms of wheat, like the tumminia bread (from Sicily), the monococco bread (also known as the Einkorn bread) or the kamut bread (made from a rich nutty flavored Oriental wheat).
 
2. BREADLY
One Thousand and One Flours: the hulled wheat, the Khorosan, the Einkorn, the soft wheat, the durum wheat. At Breadly, a cozy bakery open till late in via Vigevano 9, flour is the essence of everything. Grab one of their home-made beers and taste it along with a slice of focaccia or a piece of pizza, all baked by using Slow Food products and natural local goods.  

3. PREMIATO FORNO CANTONI
It's since 1905 that Premiato Forno Cantoni, a sort of boutique-bakery located in piazza Giovine Italia 2, wakes up Milan with a fresh smell of bread, quiches, small pizzas and sweets. Not to the mention the traditional Panettone – an Italian must during Christmas. The bakery is a simple delight for the eyes, as well, decorated in pure Liberty style, with wooden shelves, crystals and ancient panelling.   
   
4. LA BAGOTTA
Ever heard of Bagotta? It's a new type of bread, baked with yeast base, stone-milled durum wheat, water and salt at the bakery of the same name in via Esterle 29. The main focus is to use simple and natural ingredients that can recreate the original flavors and that can ensure the production of easily digestible food. And you can't leave without first trying the baciotto, a small morsel of bread, available both sweet and spicy.
 
5. PRINCI
The most international, the most buzzed-about, His Majesty, Princi! With 4 different spots in Milan (in piazza XV Aprile, in via Ponte Vetero, in Largo la Foppa and in via Speronari) and one recently opened in London in 135 Wardour Street, it's THE bakery where you can always stop by for your favourite piece of bread, whether it is on a Sunday morning or late at night. Regardless, it will always be fresh and tasty. Our suggestion? Take a table inside and enjoy the morning taste of their croissants while sipping an espresso or try the crunchy pizza with a cocktail in the evening.
 
6. THE FORNO DI VIA COMMENDA
This small bakery is the perfect place for everyone who wishes to taste the bread as it used to be baked back in times and who wishes to enjoy at its fullest a quick lunch break by eating a delicious pizza or a focaccia. They say that the Forno di Via Commenda serves 50 types of bread, with a mixture of veggies, nuts, herbs, rice and chocolate. Can you believe it? Go and check it out!
    
7. ROSSI&ROSSI
Two entire floors are dedicated to this exclusive bakery located a few steps from the Church of San Nazzaro, in Corso di Porta Romana. Everyday small pizzas, bread and sweets are being baked on the lower floor, while on the upper one, a modern and bright shop, everyone's attention is caught by the products being exposed to daylight, that can be tasted during breakfast, lunch and for an early aperitivo.

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