Read Eat Dream: Where fiction & focaccia unite

I dreamt of a table on a hot summer night
Where I could sit and read, among the fountains so bright
I drank and I ate, and I wrote this post
But it’s the drinking and eating that I loved the most

It’s not exactly Shakespeare, but it includes all the components of Read Eat Dream – a laid-back cafe/restaurant inside La Feltrinelli bookstore at Garibaldi.

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It’s like Barnes and Noble’s cooler, older brother – because instead of sipping Starbucks while you work or read, you can sip wine. Or beer. Or whatever you want.

And instead of a fatty cinnamon bun, you can have sea bass (€12), risotto (€10), beef tenderloin (€18), or a number of other “real” meals. The spinach and buffalo mozzarella ravioli (€10) has all the qualities you want in a fresh pasta, and has so much flavor you’ll be begging for more.

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But be sure to save room for dessert, because the tiramisu is top notch.

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You can opt to sit inside amongst the books, or outside in front of the Garibaldi fountains, which really are “lit up so bright.”

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The inside tables are just as lovely, though, since those are surrounded by books (and people who still value books in this modern world of Kindles and iPads).

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There’s a certain kind of coolness that accompanies the whole place, with people browsing the book collections while holding a glass of wine.

But beware – you’ll likely find yourself buying a thing or two, even if you don’t speak Italian (and especially if you’ve had a couple glasses of wine). The English section is small, but perfectly adequate, as it contains several current bestsellers.

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So, for a relaxed, low-cost evening of really good food and drink, wander over to Read Eat Dream. And as always, share your experience in the comments below!

Address: Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milan

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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