It’s Italy. They really like their bread. I remember when I first arrived marveling at the bakeries on what seemed like every other corner.
And everything was so cheap. I could walk out with little loaves of freshly leavened goodness, and it would cost about half of what I would spend in the States for slices that came out of plastic bags.
I still love the stores where dad wakes up early to make the bread. And maybe it’s their eldest daughter working the day shift standing behind the cash register.
But now I have to admit there is something I like even more than that.
Enter the 2.0 version: Italians like Davide Longoni have taken that passion for “il pane quotidiano” (the daily bread) and have modernized it making it ‘hip’ by going back to the roots.
At Panificio Davide Longoni you’ll find a careful selection and dedication to the flour that makes their bread. They use organic grains stone milled by small artisan producers. P.D.L. breads are made with flours like einkorn wheat, spelt, rye and antique Sicilian varieties like “perciasacchi” and timilia.
Benefits include a more flavorful taste and a relatively lower gluten index. The fact that they aren’t overly processed also means that the result is more nutritious.
P.D.L. uses “lievito madre” mother yeast and their loaves are slow-risen, which in addition to adding another flavor dimension to the bread, also makes it easier to digest.
You can find P.D.L. in the Porta Romana neighborhood of Milan. The storefront has a kind of old-school hipster feel with blackboards they use to write down their offerings and the organic garden with string lights on the side.
Besides picking up some really yummy bread, you can also get a cup of cappuccino and a few pastries, stop by for lunch or aperitivo in the evening.
Have you been? Or if you head over to Panificio Davide Longoni,
I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Panificio Davide Longoni
Via Tiraboschi 19
Milan (Porta Romana Neighborhood)
Mon. 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Tue. - Fri: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat. 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun. 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Photo Credits: photos from the Davide Longoni facebook page