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In Sicilian, tastari means “to taste,” and it’s also the name of a bright, cozy new eatery in the artsy Brera district. It’s open from light until dusk, serving up homemade bread, fresh salads, pastas and low-fat meat. Finishing touches include yummy desserts made with organic flour.

Tastari, 59 Corso Garibaldi; +39-02-7200-8379



The clean white decor and scent of fresh blue hydrangeas make the charming new Biancopensare seem like a villa in Provence. Enjoy Kona coffee flown in from Hawaii with pastries in the morning, or indulge in a more substantial dish for lunch and dinner, such as pistachio-crusted salmon with cream of eggplant.

Biancopensare, 62 Alzaia Naviglio Grande; +39-02-9153-4736;

An elegant and minimal atmosphere with cozy lighting characterizes this new restaurant that features Japanese cuisine with a strong South American influence. Its signature dish is sweet sushi with soy leaves, strawberries and chocolate cream.

Brigitte Sushi Corner, 29 Via Borsieri; +39-02-68-3226;

At Mudra, the buzzword is natural, from the drinks to the furniture. Among candles and bamboo, owners Marco and Maya (who go by their first names) serve vegetarian and vegan dishes such as Kamut lasagna with chicory and Sacher, an Austrian cake made with natural dark chocolate. Every evening from 6 to 8 p.m. is happy hour, with a rich selection of Italian organic wines and Spumante.

Mudra Natural Café & Lifestyle, 8 Piazza XXIV Maggio; +39-02-89-2823;


In this era of hyphenates, Via Delle Arti is a cafe-art gallery-florist that offers a respite from city life. Open all day, it serves light breakfast, dinner and coffee as guests admire the work of local artists — and then walk out the door with a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Via delle Arti, 6 Piazza Cinque Giornate; +39-393-248-1100;


Le Petit is a sophisticated new bistro that evokes the charm and relaxed atmosphere of the French countryside. Among the treats are Pata Negra, a Spanish cured ham, and Japanese Kobe beef.

Le Petit, 5 Via Vespucci; +39-02-8969-0870


After years of working at top Italian fashion houses, Uberta Zambeletti opened a concept store called Wait and See in the heart of Milan, offering clothing, accessories, jewelry and selected vintage items from all over the world. The boutique is situated in a former 18th-century convent and the merchandise is displayed on diverse pieces of furniture hanging on the walls — from rustic garden chairs to wicker baskets.

Wait and See, 14 Via Santa Marta; +39-02-7208-0195;

Historic cashmere manufacturer Gruppo Filatura e Tessitura di Tollegno recently opened its first store in Milan, offering a range of clothes and accessories in cashmere or wool, plus shoes for men and women. A cultural bonus: The space also houses works of art by various artists.

Lanificio di Tollegno, 3 Via Verri; +39-02-7602-2065

Fifties chic might be in on the runway, but the real deal is at Memory Lane, a new vintage store with pieces mainly from the first half of the 20th century. It is also considered a meeting point for designers and students to conduct research or find inspiration for their next collections.

Memory Lane, 8 Via Galeazzo Alessi; +39-02-3954-2764 (appointments preferred)

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