I take my espressOh lipsticks out on a date at three antique Gelaterie around Milan.

La Bottega del Gelato Cardelli (since 1964)
📍Via Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, 3

My first stop on my Antique Gelaterie list brings me to La Bottega del Gelato. I take the bus #90 to get there, which, for lack of opulence does even it out with some interesting characters (Definitely recommend for people watching).

Summers in Milan come with a heat stroke (or this year, a storm), and so I limit my make up to a basic emergency kit that includes SPF, sugar and a lipstick. If Rossoh is a legend, and will forever have my heart, Ragù comes as a close second (and a great blush substitute at that).

At La Bottega I try the Fico ice cream but in the end I go for the other flavours: Fragoline al Vino Rosso (exquisite and doesn’t count as day drinking) and more basic, Lampone.

The girl at the counter looks fresh out of the freezer, perhaps wearing Glassy, but I am too shy to ask.

Antica Gelateria Sartori (since 1937)
📍Piazza Luigi di Savoia

This small ice cream parlour is located right on the premises of the Centrale station. I suggest taking a sugar stroll when it is already dark, when the kiosk is lit and is surrounded by the nighttime atmosphere. The Centrale area is not the most adorable at nighttime, so it might be a good idea to bring a date along.

I choose two flavours from the Antichi Sapori list, which include Caramello Salato (ten out of ten) and a classic Caffé. I get curious about Granita Siciliana, but I have already exceeded my sugar coma for the week and fear my pilates session the next morning.

I also note Brioche con Gelato while checking in on my Pummarò. Although I am a messy eater, it stayed all the same, as it should.

Gelateria Umberto (since 1934)
📍Piazza Cinque Giornate, 4

The day I arrive at Umberto’s I am exhausted and feel extra grateful for the shade and the seating outside. I opt for my usual no-fuss gloss and a minuscule tap of Rossoh. As I wait for my girlfriend Dana who is fashionably late (but make it Roman), I try the Mint flavour. It slightly tastes like gum, which is appreciated but not for me. I choose Melone (so good) and pair it with Fragola. When Dana arrives, we decide that the day has been hard enough and deserves spicy margaritas. I appreciate my Rossoh taking a full time lease in my bag, as I can go from day to night look in one swoosh.

Stay a while.

The coffee’s hot 🪑

Stay a while.

The coffee’s hot 🪑

Stay a while.

The coffee’s hot 🪑

Stay a while.

The coffee’s hot 🪑

Stay a while.

The coffee’s hot 🪑

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