“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.