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Rather than posting more photos of furniture from the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, I will give the topic a break. So …

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After a long day running around in the Salone, I left Rho Fiera and took the metro to Duomo. My hotel was centrally located and about 10 minutes down Via Torino on a side street. I booked it in a hurry as most hotel rooms were booked because of the Salone, except the very expensive and very cheap ones. The hotel was centrally located and generally adequate.

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The hotel concierge only recommended an eatery just around the corner but would not offer any further advice (he probably took a bribe from that restaurant).  But there were so many restaurants in the area. As I wanted to explore the neighborhood any way, I started walking down Corso di Porta Ticinese – doing it “No Reservations” – Tony Bourdain style.

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Fratelli la Bufala’s (FLB, “Buffalo Brothers”?) graphic sign suggests a steak house but it also says “pizzaioli emigranti” which I understood it to mean take out pizza.

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Met a friendly guy who was tossing pizza and wanted to talk to me in Italian while I was waiting for my table.

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FLB’s fillet served on a hot cast iron plate was quite good despite the sloppy presentation. The orange color sauce was made of sun-dried tomato.

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FLB turns out to be a franchise, 100 or so restaurants mostly in Italy, that serves Neapolitan style pizza and buffalo meat. They have a backstory about three brothers and made a video about it – FLB.

The restaurant is located just across the street from the Colonne di San Lorenzo.

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Colonne di San Lorenzo – one of the best known Roman ruins in Milano – built since the 4th century.

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The Piazza Sant’Eustorgio in front of the basilica was slowly filling up with people. Groups standing or sitting in circles under the columns, really friendly atmosphere.

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There was a DJ in the middle of the square working a silent disco. The revelers were all wearing wireless headphones with bright blue lights, bobbing away quietly.

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During the summer, it becomes a public dance floor – Intellighenzia Electronica presenta: THE SOUND OF SILENCE.

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Walking further down towards the canals … the whole area really reminded me of St Mark’s Place in the East Village of NYC.

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Two of the canals that were Milan’s major import/export route since the 1200’s meet here at the Darsena (old river port) which looked like a rather messy pond now.

Naviglio Pavese

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Naviglio Grande

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On that weekend night, people of Milan were out in droves having a drink on the street …

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Good times …

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