My time at Milan Fashion Week FW 2012 was punctuated most unexpectedly by a pasticceria, holding one of the most decadent and memorable collections of Italian desserts in Milan (and although Dolce and Gabbana had an equally yummy collection on show, these desserts you could actually eat.) Pasticceria Bastianello epitomised refinement and quality, and they were in fact so proud in this commitment, that I went through quite the process before (thankfully) being granted permission to blog about them! After hand-writing a letter requesting my desire to write an Haut Appétit review, and much, much persuasion by my Italian friend (and Bastianello regular), I am now sharing this gem with the world.
Delicately sweet desserts were enjoyed in luxe, relaxed surroundings without the usual snobbery of similar high-end establishments. The staff displayed typical Italian charm and friendliness, where enjoyment was the word of the hour. This place alone is worth the trip to Milan...
|I chose cannoncini and strawberry tartlets to share with my friend.|
|How do you choose?|
|Popular glazed chestnuts|
|An impressive chocolate sculpture|
|The chocolate praline balls were my absolute favourite (top right corner), and I ate them so fast I forgot to take a photo.|
|Chocolate nut ice pops.|
|Fruit ice pops|
Bastianello appropriate in a recent look from Dolce and Gabbana FW 2012/13. If you're going to eat a thing of beauty, you must look a thing of beauty.
|Picture courtesy dolcegabbana.com|
All I can say is, the Italians are certainly giving the French a run for their money with this fine establishment...
Pasticceria Bastianello, Via Borgogna, 5, Milano