If you’re strolling along the streets of central Milan on your way to the Duomo, turn into Via Spadari. The giant slabs of meat, prosciutto and cheese wheels behind glass windows will make you turn around and stop.
Peck is more of a gastronomic institution than a multi-storey delicatessen dating back to 1883. Selling a range of gourmet foods that would please the most discerning gourmands, you can find an extensive range of salumeria, cheeses, oils, vinegars, as well as ready to eat food you can take home.
Don’t try to compare it to the likes of Harrods’ food hall in London, Lafayette Gourmet in Paris or David Jones’ food hall in Sydney. Here, the food emporium wears an elegant Italian label making the temptation high as well as the price. Expect service to be a little cold foeven if you are interested in buying. This is not the place to ask too many foodie questions as they seem to shrug off most clients, including the Milanese.
Go upstairs to the tea room where light food and beverages are served such as snacks, charcuterie and cheese platters, cocktails and hot drinks.
Take the stairs down one level and you’ll find the wine cellar which extends into a maze of corridors packed with an impressive range of local and international labels, including Australia’s Penfolds Grange Hermitage.
In this store, style meets food behind an icy reserve. But don’t let that put you off. Even if you’re not tempted to part with your euro, the visit will satisfy your inner gourmand.
Photography is strictly prohibited and there are signs in the shop that warn you everywhere you turn. However, I did manage to get a few hurried snaps of the shop window before I had a finger wagged at me.
Via Spadari, 9
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