The Fioraio Bianchi Café is located in one of Milan’s historical districts, Brera – named after the word ‘braida’, meaning field, lawn. Where flowers bloom.

Indeed, between the homes in these Milanese streets, flowers have bloomed at the café every day for forty years, thanks to Raimondo Bianchi, who observes them, pairs them off, and puts them together in unusual, refined compositions – which however maintain the simplicity of a true floral surprise.

A surprise that is hard to put in words. Poet Giorgio Caproni knew the challenge: “Throw away any works in verses or prose / nobody has been able to say / what is, in its essence, a rose.”

Over time, the Fioraio Bianchi (literally, “Bianchi, the florists”) has grown. The district has expanded and the café’s venue has been added to. Now it includes a restaurant, where tables bloom every day with colorful miniature cakes.

But the color and perfume of flowers opening every morning still evoke the same surprise as always.

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December 10, 2013


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