In front of the Scala, Dino Colla enjoyed an extraordinary success in the Twenties and his lotions are a mark of quality still nowadays.
Giacomo Puccini loved coming here to touch up his beautiful mustache while his last masterpieces were staged at the Teatro alla Scala. The Antica Barbieria Colla, founded in 1904 by Dino Colla, arrived in front of the Scala in 1919 and experienced an unstoppable fame, the fruit of its unquestionable talent and extremely favorable position, which lasted until the 1943 trauma, with the bombardments that tore to pieces the square. But on April 1, 1944 the shop reopened, in the place where it is still today. The famous “candle shade” or the first shampoos made with flakes of Marseille soap, bitter almond oil, egg, rum and salt have remained. Guido Mantovanini, a Dino Colla worker, was the heir of the workshop, which he managed from 1949, raising a talented worker, Franco Bompieri, still riding today, together with his daughter Francesca and Ms. Lalla Pedroni. The secret of success that has been handed down for over a hundred years is to carry on a tradition of cutting by hand with scissors, lotions, shaving soaps and brushes operated by high quality craftsmen who are sons of art and have not lost that magical ability that characterizes real barbers.