The Milanese don’t need any lessons in running bars or cafes, but it feels like they have taken inspiration from Australia at Pavé in the Porta Venezia neighbourhood, just a few minutes walk from the Repubblica Metro station.
The shopfront cafe sports a long communal table (unusual in Italy), some vintage easy chairs and a coffee table in one corner, while other tables and chairs are a stylish, repurposed mix.
Milan: hip cafe
The communal table was a bit of a gamble, says co-owner Luca Scanni, who spent time in Melbourne (and fell in love with the cafes there). “Milan is a notoriously cold city and it has been fun to see the change in people’s attitude: at first suspicious, then relaxed, and then amused.”
The menu is all about bread and pastries made in-house in the “laboratory”, a glass-walled bakery that you can see from the cafe: great brioche alla marmellata, kipfel, pain au chocolat and more.
Coffee is traditional Italian, a blend of Brazilian arabica and a little robusta from roaster Caffe Rojto in Vercelli in neighbouring Piemonte that makes a round, clean, chocolaty cup, though they do serve a soy cappuccino – also unusual in Italy.
Where Via Felice Casati 27, 20124 Milano, phone (02) 9439 2259
When Tues–Fri 8am–8pm, Sat–Sun 8.30am–7pm, closed Mon