“Un posto a Milano” in Cascina Cuccagna

“Un posto a Milano” (literally, “A place in Milan”), in Cascina Cuccagna, is a space that was saved from its fate. In 1966, Italian singer Adriano Celentano launched one of his most famous songs ever, “Il ragazzo della Via Gluck” (“The boy from Gluck Street”), about a place that had disappeared forever: “Là dove c’era l’erba ora c’è / una città, / e quella casa in mezzo al verde ormai / dove sarà?” (“Where there used to be grass, now there is / a city, / and that house immersed in nature / where may it be?” We feel like perhaps we have found it.

Cascina Cuccagna is one of Milan’s fifty colonial houses, property of the Municipality. The 17th-century structure – enclosed by the city as it grew and took over the ancient rural outskirts – totals 4,000 square meters including the park, and border’s with the city center, not far from Porta Romana. It was forgotten for the longest time, and has only recently re-opened to the public thanks to the hard work and generosity of a consortium of associations and cooperatives.

“Un posto a Milano” is Cascina Cuccagna’s restaurant and cafeteria. In the “solitude” of “this crowded, rumbling city”, as poet Clemente Rebora defined it, this is a place where you can stop, catch your breath, and enjoy the culinary ideas chef Nicola Cavallaro comes up with, as he invents and creates dishes using simple, local, traditional ingredients.

This is a corner of nature and peace, in the chaos of the metropolis. Leaving, you may feel like singing with Celentano: “In questa strada ora lascio il mio cuore” (“In this street now I leave my heart”).

Open every day:
– From Monday to Sunday: 10 am to midnight.
– Friday and Saturday: 10am to 1am.

“Un posto a Milano” in Cascina Cuccagna

Via Cuccagna, 2
+39 02 5457785
 +39 02 5460061


Most Read

After the slopes of the Dolomites, après-ski by LOOX

by Barbara Palladino LOOX is an après-ski hotspot, at the station at the foot of the Obereggen Latemar ski and trekking area in the Dolomites. It...

The wondrous Gothic, medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino

The Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L'Aquila. It was probably commissioned...

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create...

Sicilian Moor heads: a legend of universal love

by Barbara Palladino “Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a...