3 January 2017 - Milan

Pasticceria Marchesi in the Galleria

The latest outpost of Milanese staple Pasticceria Marchesi is a pâtisserie with a view, one as elegant as its polished interiors. It overlooks the frescoes and mosaic flooring of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II from the mezzanine of the Prada building, right on the central octagon of the Gallery. And you can’t get much grander than that.

Between a beam ceiling and Verde Alpi marble floors, retro furnishings strike the same iconic chord that sounds in the original Marchesi shop in Via Santa Maria alla Porta and in its second incarnation in the heart of the upscale fashion district. Architect Roberto Baciocchi saw to that. Having designed the interiors in Via Montenapoleone in 2015 without straying too far from the legendary look, he did the trick once again in the Galleria, this time with a little help from Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli themselves, all in cool 1950s green.

The new shop is accessed through the Prada Uomo store below or via its own staircase or lift from the floor of the Galleria. It’s the biggest of the three, 250 square metres with a busy workshop and kitchen on the premises and those depressed-arch windows through which to watch the world go by over breakfast, coffee, lunch, tea or an evening aperitif. Above it, just inaugurated, is the Fondazione Prada’s latest exhibition space, dedicated to photography and christened Osservatorio.

Pasticceria Marchesi was established in Milan almost 200 years ago off Corso Magenta. Today it’s still run by the same family on the same premises. An infinite bounty of cakes, pastries, chocolates and sundry confectionary is handmade every day to the standards of excellence that first assured its fame.