The living room for art and culture, frequented by the greatest artists and writers visiting Milan for over a century.
Virgilio Savini was born in 1852 in the Varese area, from a modest family who soon abandoned and moved to Milan. In 1881, during the first years of the Belle Epoque, he took over the innovative Stocker in Galleria Brewery, a café concert with orchestra and dancers, frequented by important figures of the time, giving the brewery a personal connotation, transforming it into an elegant venue, a mixture of coffee and Restaurant. Immediately it became the living room of art and culture, the Parnassus of the Milanese “scapigliati”, a meeting place for Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Toscanini, Eleonora Duse and Sacha Guitry, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Giovanni Verga, and even Tommaso Marinetti, who organized a Futurist cuisine banquet. Since its rebirth, in the Fifties, other great ones run through the corridors and crowd the halls of Savini, an endless list from Maria Callas to Luchino Visconti, Charlie Chaplin, and Grace Kelly. In 2008, Savini was taken over by the Gatto family, which redesigned the spaces, creating the gourmet restaurant on the first floor, a bistro and patisserie café and the food boutique where there is a selection of over 500 niche products from the Italian gastronomy under the Savini brand.