Can you live La Dolce Vita when you’ve rocked up in Milan with a block of emergency Gouda in your backpack (stretching that budget as long and thin as you can, eh?)Well ,yes, actually you can and maybe stop for espresso or two.
Dump your bags in Bella Vita and grab dinner on the corner at La Marina where yes, the portions come gregarious and gorgeous (especially that oh so creamy cabornara) but, light on the pocket too.
For a lunch date venue the next day, set your sights on Tratorria da Pino then do a Cara Delevigne strut to beat the lunchtime regulars. At fifteen euro’s for the lot, grab a steaming plate of veal heart and something sparkling, before an afternoon of quite serious pavement pounding.
In the Golden Quad it’s the one thing they can’t charge you for after all, so do it, and do it well, with Vogue Italia tucked sexily under one arm, even if you’re wearing a hat by Your Nan.
Skip over having your pockets stuffed with birdseed for the Party Pigeons of Duomo and flick through fash books in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele , before a tram back to the distressed suburbs .
Bella Vita, Via Privata Michele Faraday, 32, 20143 Milano, Italy
Trattoria da Pino, Via Cerva, 14, 20122 Milan,Italy