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.


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.


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


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


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).


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.


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 television, Sky News, News Corp sites, and MyFox channels. She is based in Milan, Italy.

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