Return to Transcripts main page


Insider Guide to the Most Fashionable Place on Earth; Milan: Seven Things to Know Before You Go; Happy When It Pours: The Umbrella Man of Milan

Aired April 9, 2014 - 12:30:00   ET



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (voice-over) The real Milan is not in front of your eyes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (voice-over): It's a contrast.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): It's a city that needs to be explored.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): The international city.


EVA RICCOBONO, MODEL AND ACTRESS (voice-over): Milan is very famously professionally. During the Fashion Week, it's totally another Milan. It's full of people coming from the rest of the world. Milan was the city where you can do, you can be whatever you want. That's very beautiful.

Hi, I'm Eva Riccobono and now we are going in my favorite restaurant in Milan. It's Milano.

Unfortunately in Milan, there are not a lot of restaurants where you can eat outside and this is an amazing location in the center and the food is very good.

During Fashion Week, you can see the director of Bogitalia (ph), a lot of amazing designers, highly creation magic (ph).

(Speaking Italian).

It's (INAUDIBLE), yes, it's a typical Milanese restaurant. You can have like the traditional plate (INAUDIBLE). You can eat more like a nice sasale (ph) or a little more delicate. You can really feel the good quality of Italy.


Yes, you can taste it, really the real pasta, homemade, great.


RICCOBONO (voice-over): Here we are in one of my favorite bookshops in Milan, (INAUDIBLE).


RICCOBONO (voice-over): I like the place. Looks very magic and real. And it really looks like -- more like a library and not a bookshop.

How amazing. Wow. Anna Magnani.

But Milan has a great theater story and that's why I like to come here because you can find some magazine, original magazine from the theory of the first year of the '50s Turkey's displays make me really dream. That's why I really have the sensation I'm going to be a great actress after I come out from here.



RICCOBONO (voice-over): This is the place where I realize that I wanted to be an actress. Here we are in the tonto parenti (ph). Here there is one of my favorite theater, place to be in the land.

The magic of this place is that you just can breathe, that this is kind of house of artists. And it's beautiful.

Here are we now they're making rehearsals so we got to be quick.



RICCOBONO (voice-over): And they are setting up for the new show. This is a place with a big personality. You can feel it.


RICCOBONO (voice-over): Here is the back stage. Here are all the changing rooms are different (INAUDIBLE) the -- all the actors are different and the designer of Prada designed their costumes. They are so beautiful, so modern.





And today we are showing you our Milano.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): Here we are in front of Zeti (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): Oh, oh, look at the candles. We think that the front of Zeti (ph) represents Milano.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): This shop is (INAUDIBLE). I think this is a (INAUDIBLE).

The most iconic piece of (INAUDIBLE) Zeti (ph) is the face that they generally use for all the dishes. (INAUDIBLE) everybody knows that. This face is a face of a person that exists that's for real. It was (INAUDIBLE) it was on a big Italian singer.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): (INAUDIBLE) Zeti (ph) Design is very contemporary. It's not just a piece of design. It's like a masterpiece and a work of art.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): It doesn't look much from the outside but actually we are in one of the best place in Milano to discover what the real (INAUDIBLE) is.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): (INAUDIBLE) workshop is one of the best places in Milan in order to find the best umbrella in town.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): I'm ready for the rain.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): Now I want to introduce you to the man that is behind all these umbrellas.

(Speaking Italian).

FRANCESCO MAGLIA, UMBRELLA MAKER (voice-over): (Speaking Italian).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): (Speaking Italian.)

I'm happy working in this work, in this workshop for almost 50 years.

MAGLIA (voice-over): Yes, because my (INAUDIBLE) has been established 1854 (ph). (INAUDIBLE).

When I started to work 110 (INAUDIBLE). Now handmade, we are two, three. I (INAUDIBLE) the biggest one, even if I am (INAUDIBLE).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): (INAUDIBLE) luxurious.

MAGLIA (voice-over): Yes, it's exact words, exact. Special.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): We are (INAUDIBLE) the top floor of the Armani (ph) Building. We are (INAUDIBLE) architecture of the place, also (INAUDIBLE).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): When I think about (INAUDIBLE), is that you have a great choice of cocktails.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): Here in Milano for all of us, it's really important because it's a special moment at the end of the day where everybody has -- stops working, can meet each other and relax after a busy day.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): Cheers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): Cheers.



ALESSANDRO BORGHESE, CHEF AND TV PERSONALITY (voice-over): I'm Alessandro Borghese. I'm a chef. And I'm going to take you to see my Milan.


BORGHESE (voice-over): This moment, we're in Navigli Grande in Milan. This is the biggest (INAUDIBLE). These waterways that used to bring food, people, merchandise from the outskirts of Milan to the inside of Milan. It's the old Milan. It's the non-fashion Milan. That's why I call it the romantic Milan.

The real Milan is not in front of your eyes. It's behind doors, behind little roads. In Milan, internal courtyards are a real beauty. This is a classical captivating gala it's called. And classical Milanese style housing is each house is on the same level and you can, you know, walk with your next-door neighbor. And -- hi, there.


BORGHESE (voice-over): You see them. They walk around and they water their plants and it's beautiful internally.

And here we arrive where I do my shopping, when I have to cook. This is my fishmonger.

(Speaking Italian).

This is the place where I find every single fresh fish I need to cook my dishes.

Oh, man. Smell. You can smell it from the camera. It's fresh.

Crazy enough, Milan doesn't have the sea. But all the fish, there is fish around Italy, first comes to Milan. It's the biggest fish market in Italy.

(INAUDIBLE) is the one (INAUDIBLE) boss of the area here. He takes care of all the cutting of the fish.

(Speaking Italian).

I'm asking him what's the fresh fish of the day.

When the fish is fresh, you feel that a Jell-o on top of the eye, you know. It doesn't have to bounce away. OK, that means the fish is fresh. When they say, what, Milan, fish? Yes, fresh fish. Milan is number one.


BORGHESE (voice-over): And here we are. This is one of my favorite restaurants. Milan is a city of immigrant restaurateurs. They come from all over Italy, from down south, from up north. There's not many Milanese left in Milan. In this restaurant in particular, the owners come from Pietrenta (ph). And why do I come here? One of the best homemade pastas I've ever tasted.

Here's the owner, fantastic lady, works here for more than 50 years.

(Speaking Italian).

And here is where the magic happens. OK? In this little corner, right here, is where every day homemade pasta is done. OK? The difficult pasta that they do here is called caramele (ph) or swallowtails, OK? They're done with fresh ricotta cheese and spinach or even they're done with really, really good meat and parmesan cheese filling. And they get pulled (ph) in the traditional way, of course, now we use machinery. But once they used to -- you pulled by hand, OK?

(Speaking Italian). Cut in little pieces. OK, this is really, really artisan. Look, (INAUDIBLE), one, (INAUDIBLE) two, (INAUDIBLE) three, four. Not too much. Really tiny bit of filling goes in and then the delicate hands, they get closed like it's a candy.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (voice-over): You like it?

BORGHESE (voice-over): Yes. Even raw. It's good.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (voice-over): OK. Thank you.

BORGHESE (voice-over): (Speaking Italian).



MATTEO CECCARINI, DJ AND SOUND DESIGNER (from captions): I play really eclectic music, depending on the people and the energy in the room. I go with the flow. We are in one of Milan's coolest hotels, the Bulgari Hotel. It's one of the hottest venues during Fashion Week.

Celebrities, parties, events, they all come through here.


CECCARINI (from captions): This is the only shop in Milan where you can find cutting-edge electronic music for DJs.

When I come here, I listen to music he chooses for me. He does a bit of research for me.

This is very rare. These are all limited editions. When you buy a disc like this, you listen to it like we used in the old days.

In Milan this is the only place where you can come in and get lost.

(Speaking Italian).

We are here in Corso Como, one of the most interesting places in Milan and even Italy. This is a place I have been coming to for 20 years. I love it. Let's go take a look around.


CECCARINI (from captions): I come here because it's a great source of inspiration.

CECCARINI (voice-over): (INAUDIBLE), this picture.

CECCARINI (from captions): There's photography, a room for exhibitions, a bar, a restaurant and a clothing shop. Everything you see could have come out of Alice in Wonderland's imagination.


ALAN GELATI, PHOTOGRAPHER (voice-over): Hi, my name is Alan Gelati. I'm a photographer and we are here today at the museum polle posole (ph), which is one of my favorite hidden gems (ph).

This is the private collection borne of the member of the aristocracy family in the 19th century, Giacomo Polle Posole (ph). In a little hidden gem, which is a part of the museum so you wouldn't find it advertised in a typical tourist drive.

One of the most iconic paintings of the Renaissance, just here in a little private hidden museum. This is -- it also the essence of Milan. It is pollo ollo, this is Portugal women (ph). I'm a portraitor. I do portraits. And when I see this, it's amazing. It's just like the skin tones and everything is what even photographers try to achieve.

It's a collection of salaty (ph), of beauty and luxury. It's what's Italy, I think, is about.


GELATI (voice-over): (INAUDIBLE) Giannino is one of my favorite place and it's also a place which is displaying my latest exhibition. Please join me for a nice dinner.

(INAUDIBLE) I really enjoy the food. It's really (INAUDIBLE). (INAUDIBLE) restaurants with a Milanese versality (ph) and (INAUDIBLE) still like to find my roots.


This risotto (INAUDIBLE) with saffron and this is the best you can get here (INAUDIBLE).

(INAUDIBLE), it is (INAUDIBLE) risotto, nice fresh air (ph).

And it is a light (INAUDIBLE) quite late so usually nobody goes to restaurants until 10:00, half past 10:00. And after the restaurant, we will need to go burning calories on the dance floor.

Milan at night is also a nice part of my life. It's a very Milanese ritual, is going (INAUDIBLE), restaurants after dinner and night clubs.

And we're going to go another place that are really my heart. Well, we are in front of Plastic. This is the best club in Milan if you're looking for underground, this is the place. Let's go.

(INAUDIBLE) opening (INAUDIBLE). And this is the place where people like Madonna, Andy Warhol (INAUDIBLE) hearing they were coming here. And in Milan just to come to this place.

It is my favorite place when I come over here.