My wife and I will be in Milan for two nights en route to and from Zermatt at the end of January. I have researched the boards, and have some focused questions for the Milanese cognoscenti:
Good spot for a light lunch of panini and/or pizza for our arrival day, preferably located near the Galleria and The Last Supper, for which we have tickets that afternoon. If however, there are exceptional alternatives further afield, we're always willing to explore for good food!
Aperitivi before and Dinner after La Scala - going to Tales of Hoffman which will not be over until 10.30. We're staying by Il Duomo - where is the best place nearby for drinks and snacks 7ish? Is there a post opera spot in Milan to dine near La Scala? We would love to find something with some buzz, like Bar Boulud or Boulud Sud in NYC or Sheekey in London. The cuisine shouldn't be too heavy, particularly since it will be our first night after a redeye from NYC, but hopefully will have some delicious risotto and a lively crowd. Trussardi sounded tempting, but it doesn't appear to be open so late. The Four Seasons has a post opera promotion, but will that just be generic luxe hotel fare and scene?
Delicious coffee and pastries the next morning within a 15 minute walk of the Duomo? Is Pasticceria Marchese a good option? Anywhere else?
We're traveling to Zermatt by rail. I've enjoyed reading the Peck vs Rossi and Grassi discussion here: which would you recommend for assembling a picnic lunch on the train?
For our last supper, I would like to find an excellent restaurant whose food, wine, sense of place, and clientele will make us feel that we are in Milan and could not be anywhere else. Is that an unrealistic goal, particularly for a Monday night? Places that sound intriguing from Irene on this board and other sources (Bruni in NYT) include il Luogo de Aimo and Nadia, Trussardi alla Scala, and Innocenti Evasioni. Cracco sounds a but overwrought for our tastes.
Many thanks in advance for your assistance. As always, I will post here on our experiences upon our return.