Fiordiponti: Isola’s own version of ‘Cheers’

A true neighborhood establishment in Isola, Fiordiponti caters to the community, and it does it well. This place is never packed in the mornings, but it’s always busy with a steady stream of locals popping in for an espresso at the counter – many of whom seem to know each other.

Inspired by Ligurian cuisine, its roots trace back to a simple conversation between the bakery’s founder and two Milanese entrepreneurs who loved the region’s focaccia enough to bring it to Milan. The rest was history.

Despite its chic interior, Fiordiponti seems reminiscent of the old days, when people really did know their neighbors, and visited the same place every day for a cup of coffee. It’s a beautiful thing, and it’s great to experience that vibe in 2015.

It only takes a few visits for the baristas to remember your coffee order, making it before you can even request it. The whole experience feels a bit like “Cheers” – that friendly Boston bar that dominated TV sets in the 1980s.

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From fresh pastries to homemade bread and foccacia, this place knows what it’s doing in the kitchen, and you’ll likely find it impossible to resist a treat at the counter. If you manage, your level of self control is off the charts.

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As with most establishments in Italy, an espresso at the bar will cost you half the price of one at the table –but a table coffee still only puts you back €1.

The service is quick, the staff friendly, the coffee delightful. And, in true Italian style, the americano is served as one cup espresso, one cup of hot water. Mix it yourself and voila!

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If you’re in a hurry, you can order from the window without even going inside – how fun! It somehow feels very New York, but very Milan at the same time.

There’s an entirely different vibe in the evening, when you can pop in for a full meal or aperitivo. Expect to see chicken and rice, foccacia, pizza, and pasta on display.

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Isola is an up-and-coming area full of lovely, creative people – which means new things are always happening! Be sure to pop back for updates!

Address: Viale Monte Nero, 5

Lynsey Free

Lynsey Free is founder and editor of Postcards from Milan. As a freelance journalist and copywriter, her work has been published on RT.com, RT television, Sky News, News Corp sites, and MyFox channels. She is based in Milan, Italy.

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