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This Season La Scala will present thrilling stories taken from famous operas which have been specifically adapted for a younger audience. Each performance will last approximately 60 minutes, which is perfect for even very young children. This season kicked off with Cinderella by Rossini, however, the only available tickets for Cinderella are for Saturday 9 April. More tickets are available for "The Magic Flute" on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February.This year children under 18 years old pay a mere €1 entrance fee if accompanied by an adult. Adult ticket prices vary : stalls and box seats cost €40  while gallery seats range from €5 to 20 for the two operas and ballett, while adults pay €15 for stalls and box seats or €5 to €10 for gallery seats for the five concerts. However, don't forget to factor in the 10% pre-booking fee which is payable up to the day before the performance. No more than two children's tickets will be issued per adult. Children's tickets are issued subject to prior presentation of the minor’s identity card or passport which you will have to send by fax to 02 861768 if you buy tickets on-line or through an authorised sales agent. Make sure you do this early on so that the theatre can allocate adjacent seats for your kids. Adults are admitted only if accompanied by a child.You can buy tickets online at http://teatroallascala.ticketone.it/ticketshop/webticket/eventlist or at the Central Box Office in Galleria del Sagrato, MM Duomo from 12 pm to 6 pm or telephone  Infotel Scala on 02 72003744 (every day, from 9 am – 6 pm). Hurry up though as all the tickets are nearly sold out!For further details please go to http://www.teatroallascala.org/it/biglietteria/biglietti-tariffe/stagione-2015-2016/grandi-spettacoli-per-piccoli.html
Via Filodrammatici 2 20121 Milan
ipiccoliallopera@fondazionelascala.it
02 88792013
If you're wandering around Brera for work or pleasure, Botega Caffé Cacao is a great place to stop for a drink, snack, breakfast or light lunch. This friendly, spacious bar sells a large assortment of fresh pastries, biscuits, cakes, filled sandwiches and croissants, salads, pasta dishes etc. Part of a chain that is slowly expanding, Botega Caffé Cacao has definitely come up with a formula that works. The food and drinks are of excellent quality and just to make things a little more fun, drinks are served in jam jars in true botega style. You can also enjoy one of Botega's flavoured coffees such as the Castagnino  with marron glacé or its liquoroso del Ciocopito (orange flavoured chocolate liqueur served in a chocolate cup). Botega Caffé Cacao also has a large number of chairs and tables outside that are covered by an awning so that you can sit and people watch in this lovely pedestrian area in all weathers. Botega Caffé Cacao is open Monday to Saturday 7.00 - 20.00 and 8.30 - 20.00 on Sundays.
Corso Garibaldi, 12 20121 Milan
02 89013477
Ottimo Massimo is on the corner of Via Hugo and Via Spadari, the so-called Gourmet Road ("Spadari - Via del Gusto") which boasts some of Milan's most famous food shops. Ottimo Massimo is a great place to grab breakfast, coffee, lunch, a snack or a drink if you are near the Duomo.Great care has been given to the menu which has been created by some stellar chefs such as Michelin Star Felice Lo Basso and the raw ingredients are of the finest quality. Ottimo Massimo also places great emphasis on the environment and uses  Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee and recycled packaging products for its take-away food. Salads, cooked dishes, artisan bread, fruit salads, pastries and juices are all made daily to ensure that they are fresh and delicious. If you work nearby and don't have time to go out for lunch, why not order your food on-line and get it delivered to your door (minimum orders of €25)! 
Via Victor Hugo, 3 20123 Milan
info@ottimomassimogourmet.it
02 49457661
What could be more perfect for your garden, terrace or poolside than Mario Luca Giusti's elegant, colourful and very practical acrylic wine glasses, tumblers,  jugs, bowls, plates, caraffes, candle sticks, trays, cake stands etc. Even better, you can finally find the whole collection under one roof in Mario Luca Giusti's new monobrand store in Corso Garibaldi. Throw out your old plastic IKEA cups and treat yourself to Giusti's jewel-like coloured arylic flutes and tumblers which are reminiscent of traditional crystal ones. No longer will you need to worry about glasses falling over in the wind as they are heavy like glass and extremely robust. While you are at it, why not buy the tray and jug to match?
Corso Garibaldi, 12 20121 Milan
mariolucagiusti@mariolucagiusti.com
02 72080270
Maglificio Scaglione's new store in Corso di Porta Romana boasts both Scaglione's womens and mens collection. This large store with pale, minimalist furnishings is a perfect showcase for Maglificio Scaglione's casual yet elegant style. Renowned for the quality of its yarns, Scaglione ensures that each collection offers something for everyone from pure cashmere to a wool, silk and cotton mix to pure wool to pure cotton to linen.Scaglione's collections stand out as they are easy to wear, and yet always reflect the latest trends. Classic but never traditional. Made in Italy each garment is carefully made and is of excellent quality.Also on sale you will also find a selection of shoes, bags and jewellery to complete your Scaglione look. Maglificio Scaglione also has another store in Corso Genova, 2 (tel: 02 89403751).
Corso di Porta Romana, 40 Milan
This tiny bar, cum restaurant, is hidden away from the heavy traffic of Corso di Porta Romana in a quiet pedestrian area which boasts a small oasis of trees and roses. Re Fosco Bar is one of the few places in this part of town where you can happily sit outside on vintage picnic chairs and watch the world pass by while sipping a cappucino, munching on a light lunch or enjoying a glass of wine. Seating is limited as the inside of the bar is extremely small, however, the owner has found a way round this problem by providing outdoor seating - which is even covered and heated in the colder months. We suggest you book,  however, if you want to avoid waiting. Re Fosco Bar is open from 7 am to 10 pm everyday and offers its clientele freshly baked croissants for breakfast which are filled on the spot with jam, cream or cooked hams and served together with your choice of coffee, tea or juices. While a selection of interesting dishes are on offer if you fancy a light lunch or dinner, such as Re Fosco's Cheeseburger made from Vagyu beef, foccaccia di Recco (stuffed with stracchino cheese), smoked salmon with sour cream and blinis, Fassone steak tartar, foie gras mousse as well as pasta dishes, a selection of salads or cheeses and hams. Re Fosco Bar is particularly popular at aperativo time, even though unlike other bars they only offer a small selection of salami, cheese, cruditées and foccaccia with your glass of wine or cocktail. However, if you are particularly hungry you can always order one of the dishes on the menu. Although we've never had dinner here, Re Fosco Bar is a great place to have coffee, lunch or an aperativo with friends in a relaxed an informal atmosphere. 
Via San Calimero, 7 20122 Milan
02 36633079
If you like ramen (Japanese noodles) then you will defintely enjoy Zazà Ramen! Just across the road from Dry in one of Milan's hottest night spots, Zazà Ramen offers a selection of delicious, freshly made Japanese dishes using extremely fresh ingredients. This minimalist restaurant is usually packed, so make sure you book a table or get there early to avoid being disappointed. Ask to eat upstairs on one of the counters so that you can watch the chefs in the open plan kitchen while you wait. We recommend you start with a selection of starters to share, such as Edamame or Onigiri or Yaki-Gyoza (stuffed Japanese dumplings). To follow, Zazà Ramen offers beef, seafood or vegetarian options with their noodles all of which are served with fresh vegetables and your choice of three freshly made broths. Shoyu: an amber coloured broth made with a soy sauce base and a light katsuobushi flavor (dried white tuna fillet) . Shio: a clear broth which is lightly salted with a delicate konbu flavor (dried algae) . Miso:  a sweet-flavored “velvety” broth made from fermented soybean paste. If you are not sure which one to choose, just ask one of the staff and they will gladly give you some advice. Zazà Ramen also offers two varieties of freshly made noodles for you to choose from. One is made from “00” category soft wheat flour or, on request, with stone-ground wheat flour for an intense, hearty flavour. As all the dishes are made on the spot you can vary the ingredients if there is something you don't like the sound of or are allergice to. If you still have room, why not round off with the delicious Kinako ice cream (toasted soybean flour) or Tiramisù Zazà with matcha tea, together with a glass of sakè. Those of you who, like us, are sakè novices will enjoy the ceremony surrounding the serving and drinking of this famous drink by the staff at Zazà Ramen.   
Via Solferino, 48 20121 Milan
info@zazaramen.it
02 36799000
Goods, in Via Castelfidardo, is just round the corner from Via Solferino and couldn't be missed off of our list of favourite shops! There is lots of choice and everything is carefully selected with a preference for original and niche brands. The outcome is a mix of unique clothes and outfits from names such as French Ba&sh, Sequoia and Paul & Joe, as well as Spanish Chie Mihara and Sita Murt, and Swedish Odd Molly, Italian Campanile and L'Autre Chose as well as many more. We really liked the tailored collection -  4uattro - which allows customers to choose the colour and material of certain models to reflect their tastes without any additional cost. The selection of vintage bags, shoes, hats, scarves and jewellry is wonderful. For those of you in the know, Goods also sells Miller Harris perfumes which you can personalise by combining the fragrances.   If you are looking for something original, stylish and tasteful... stick Goods in your address book!
Via Castelfidardo 2 20121 Milano
02 36596003
"Lay an egg and help save a monument" is the new project cum installation set up by Cracking Art to raise funds and help save national monuments. As a follow up to the snails on the Duomo's terraces and the frogs in the Navigli (which were literally snapped up), multi coloured swallows and eggs made from recycled coloured plastic will be placed  in the courtyards of the Castello Sforzesco until 30 June. This event has been organised together with Italia Nostra, which is responsible for collecting funds. If you make a donation of €20 at the headquarters of Italia Nostra in Via Duccio di Boninsegna 21/23, you will receive a sculpture for free.  All donations will be used to restore the equestrian monument of  Bernabo' Visconti which is in Castello Sforzesco. You will also find other swallows and eggs in the courtyard of Palazzo Reale (until 30/5), il Museo del Risorgimento (from 15/4) and Palazzo Morando (from 30/4).
Castello Sforzesco Piazza Castello 20121 Milano
If you are looking for upholstery, furnishings or curtain fabrics for your new home then look no further than Fede Cheti.Fede Cheti was originally founded in 1933 and has an extensive collection of samples, both modern and traditional, in silk, organza, velvet, hi- tech fabrics, leather, cotton, wool, linen etc. from names such as: Andrew Martin, Avigdor, Barth, Bises Novità Boussac, Braquenieé, Brunschwig & Fils, Colefax & Fowlers, Colony, Cortis, Création Baumann, Decortex, Dedar, Deschemaker, Designers Guild, Dominique Kieffer, Domino, Donghia, Edmond Petit, Fabergé, Dadini e Borghi, Fischbacher, Gaston y Daniela, Georges Le Manach, Home Collection, J. Pansou, Jab, Jane Churchill, Jero, Jim Thompson, Jover, Kenzo, Kligi, Lauer, Lelievre, Lisio, Luciano Marcato, Manuel Canovas, Marvic, Métaphores, Nina Campbell, Nobilis, Nya Nordiska, Osborne & Little, Paule Marrot, Pierre Frey, Progetto Uno, Rubelli, Sahco Hesslein, Saum Viehahn, Stroheim & Romann, Timney & Fowler, Ulf Moritz, Vera Seta, Verel De Belval, Voghi, Zendado, Zimmer & Rohde, Zuber.The winning factor behind this well known store cum apartment, on the second floor of one of Via Manzoni's elegant historic buildings, is Federica Cheti's niece - Teresa Clerici. Teresa has excellent taste and never fails to fulfill even the most discerning clients needs, providing them with ingenious combinations of fabrics and colours for any type of project. Teresa's design background enables her to provide an added value service for even the most complicated projects.Although Teresa does not offer an upholstery or curtain making service herself, Teresa works with highly qualified professionals that she can recommend.  We suggest, however, that you call in advance to make an appointment. 
Via Manzoni, 23 20121 Milan
info@fedecheti.com
02 86464005

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