In Short: A little slice of that local charm in Cormano, Dal Giampy Pane & Caffe (@dalgiampypaneecaffe) brings quality coffee and pastries together in a cosy space that makes you feel like one of the community.
You know that lovely comfy feeling when you sit in the window of a warm and cozy café, coffee in hand, fresh brioche plump with cream beckoning to be torn apart, knowing that this paradise is your own local café secret. Dal Giampy Pane & Caffe, in Milan’s sleepy suburb of Cormano, is just one such little treasure we discovered while visiting Coco & Vine’s honorary Italian team member, Tania (@panucct).
Owners Monica and Giampaolo are the warm and delightful couple behind this local coffee and pastry oasis and greeted us daily with smiles and ‘buongiornos’ during our time in Milan. Always ready with a perfect brew as soon as we sit down, Giampaolo brings his coffee craft back to his hometown of Cormano, after years of experience gained across the diverse and rich Italian food landscape.
Italians have a soft spot for us Aussies, so Giampaolo spares no effort in making us feel special and welcome with this cute little message crowning our smooth and creamy cappuccino.
Dal Giampy Pane and Caffe is becoming well known in the area for creating some of the best pastries this side of Milan. These mini brioche in two delicious flavours of Nutella and vanilla were oozing with creamy goodness with every single crispy, flaky bite. If you look closely, you’ll also notice a sneaky little Frutta Di Bosco mini donut hiding in the background. This naughty creation is piped full of fresh jam and glazed to perfection.
Onto the next of our coffee creations at Dal Giampy. If you’ve never indulged in the decadent darkness of a chocolatey marocchino, you need to add this gem to your foodie bucket list. A shot glass, rimmed and glazed in rich chocolate sauce, cups a bold espresso shot as the two mingle magically. We could have downed these like lollies, one after another, until I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be sleeping until our flight home to Sydney.
Letting those caffeine doses settle in for a few minutes, we get a chance to chat to Monica and Giampaolo about their passion for making Dal Giampy Pane & Caffe the go-to destination for all lovers of fine bread, pastries, and coffee. It turns out that after having grown up in Cormano and travelling the length and breadth of Italy on many food adventures, they just wanted to come back home and bring all that talent to the community where it all started.
They’ve teamed up with a long-known baker to offer the people of Cormano only the best baked treats that Italy’s heritage can muster. Buns, ciabatta, focaccia, they’re all represented, and all done so very well.
It’s so lovely to see a team of food professionals who love everything about what they produce and also enjoy sharing that love and passion with those around them.
Feeling the caffeine hit settling in nicely, it’s time to graduate to the big time. The big daddy brioche takes the concept to the next level. With that flakiness and subtle sweetness encasing even more of the silky cream centres, it’s hard to imagine how we’re going to fit out the door of Dal Giampy if this onslaught of pastry goodness doesn’t relent soon!
We were lucky enough to come back a few times to Dal Giampy while in Milan and just soak up that friendly, relaxed atmosphere that only a local café like this can deliver. Just being here made us feel like we almost blended in as legit locals, and for me, that’s the goal of my travels whenever possible.
Monica and Giampaolo’s smiling faces send us back into the streets of Cormano knowing that we’ve found a little slice of local charm that will be there for us when we’re next in our other adopted home of Milan.