aiutate la zucca

Much more than just a café, this quite corner with unmistakable style in
the heart of Milan is a
true emblem of the city.


Boccioni: Rissa in GalleriaIt was the favorite place of Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini, who used to stop there after performance at la Scala. Dudovich and Carrà often stayed until the wee hours, and King Umberto the First loved to go there because it served the best coffee in Milan.  Boccioni eden portrayed in the famous painting " The Brawl in the Galleria ". Beloved by many people of distinction in the past, "Zucca in Galleria" is still a fascinating place today because its guests find themselves in a setting that exudes culture and history.

The café, which was inaugurated in 1867 at the same times as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, is an important symbol for Milan because its past is practically a synthesis of the history of the city.

The first Milanese café to belong to the Society of Italian Historical Establishments, for more than a century it was witnessed the repeated succession of the prestigious Campari and Zucca trademarks that have alternately graced its walls. In January 1996 it became "Zucca in Galleria" once again.

Zucca, which has made its milanese identity a point of reference for the company, wished again to succeed Campari, for it perfectly concurred with the style of the Miani family, the owners of the café ho are staunch upholders of Milanese tradition.

"Zucca in Galleria", with its original unparalleled liberty decoration, lives on today thanks to love and dedication of Guglielmo Miani who bought the café in the sixties and carefully preserved all of the prestige and ambience of the place that was once a favorite haunt of performers, artists, writers, politicians, and musicians.

Drinking an aperitif at "Zucca in Galleria" while leaning against the wood inlaid bar crafted by Eugenio Quarti, a famous turn-of-the-century cabinet-marker, has always been a custom. It is worth stopping by just to admire the chandeliers designed by Mazzuccotelli, the only blacksmith who created authentic works of art out of wrought iron, or to gaze in awe at the refined liberty mosaics by Angelo d'Andrea, whose cascades of multicolored flowers and birds full express the essence of a fascinating era that lives on in the most milanese corner of Milan.

Today "Zucca in Galleria" has two prestigious rooms on the first floor that was used as a restaurant the turn of the century. Filippo Perego's skillful renovation project, which preserved the Art Deco decorations, has transformed "Zucca in Galleria" into a cozy, refined locale where patrons can meet for tea, enjoy a quick bite for lunch, and schedule a business appointment or meeting, or have Sunday brunch.