“Everything at Marchesi should be praised, but in particular the low panettoni, the delicious croissants that remind one of Vienna and the pretty boxes, which were especially designed to be perfect for any occasion and resemble Demel’s: in fact, when Marchesi inaugurated his store, Milan was the capital city of Lombardo-Veneto, and part of the Habsburg Empire.”
This lovely review is taken from “Milano ancora ieri. Luoghi, persone, ricordi di una città che è diventata metropoli”, which Milanese writer Alberto Vigevani (1918-1999) published just a few decades ago, when the famous pastry store founded by Angelo Marchesi in 1824 still had only the one, historical shop on Via Santa Maria della Porta, in the Magenta district.
Since 2014 – when luxury brand Prada purchased 80% of shares from the founder’s grandson, Angelo Giovanni Marchesi – the shops have grown to three, and they are all gorgeous.
Thus, we must add to Vigevani’s praise our own – about the fine interiors of the Via Monte Napoleone shop that opened in 2015, showcased in our gallery below.
The evocative atmosphere of “Marchesi’s World” is palpable inside the new spaces, designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi who also curated, with Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli, the third Marchesi shop of the Prada era, located in the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery since 2016.