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Things to check out while in town.
TO SEE: “Coco Chanel: A New Portrait Painted By Marion Pike, Paris, 1967-71”
The friendship between Coco Chanel and California artist Marion Pike is now on display at Palazzo Morando in an exhibition curated by the London College of Fashion’s professor of costume history, Amy de la Haye.
Besides Pike’s Chanel portraits, visitors will find a selection of clothes and objects the designer made for the painter and her daughter, photographer Jeffie Pike Durham, and a large collection of photographs, personal documents and letters that illustrate the affection Chanel and Pike felt for each other.
6 Via Sant’Andrea
Dedicated entrance: 24 Via Bagutta
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m.
Tel.: +39-02-884-65735 / 64532
TO EAT: Lievito Madre Al Duomo
Four hundred pizzas a day, then basta! At Milan’s new pizzeria Lievito Madre al Duomo, the focus is on quality ingredients and natural leavening. And they cap the servings at 400 pies.
Seven is the magic number here, with just seven types of pizza, seven red wines, seven white wines, seven homemade desserts and seven liqueurs. The selection changes with the seasons, and ingredients are all harvested in Italy. Owner Gino Sorbillo, who also operates a renowned pizzeria in the center of Naples, has vetoed automatic mixers, so all dough is mixed strictly by hand.
Pizzeria “Lievito Madre al Duomo” di Gino Sorbillo Largo Corsia dei Servi
Behind Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Opens: Feb. 24
Hours: Daily for lunch and dinner as long as 400 pizzas last.
TO SEE: BassamFellows Lifestyle Gallery
The BassamFellows Lifestyle Gallery — a cross between a store and a gallery — opened last month, giving the American furniture brand founded by architect Craig Bassam and luxury veteran Scott Fellows its first Italian home.
“We design pieces with a long-term view for customers with a collector’s mentality,” said Fellows, a former creative director at Bally.
The intimate space also includes a collection of sunglasses for men and women and hand-crafted shoes. BassamFellows Lifestyle Gallery
14 Via Varese (Brera)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; by appointment Monday, Friday, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
TO EAT: Turbigo Bar & Restaurant
Situated in the Navigli canal district, Turbigo has an eclectic style that mixes the contemporary with the charm of old Milan. It leans toward a lounge, but blurs the lines between spaces, from tables along the canal, to the bar, to a secluded room and courtyard garden, where customers can relax and enjoy this cozy corner of the city.
Diners can enjoy breakfast, snacks or entrées all day long. The young chef, Raffaele Lenzi, offers fresh-made cakes like tarts, plum cakes and sponge cakes, as well as two signature seasonal sandwiches and light meals for a quick bite.
Among Turbigo’s specialties are grilled cuttlefish, pineapple, leek and a raw friggitello frying pepper; linguine with clams and roasted pepper; Milanese saffron risotto with Genovese-style veal sauce; pork chops with pumpkin and yogurt, and mango with chocolate and fennel.
And characteristic of its specialty cocktails are the dashes of herbs — as in the Mediterraneo (London dry gin, yellow Chartreuse, pineapple juice and rosemary syrup).
Turbigo Bar & Restaurant
8 Alzaia Naviglio Grande
Hours: All week from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.