Rigolo, tra Brera e Isola
In the heart of Brera, between the old town and the ultramodern skyscrapers
Rigolo Brera


The name Brera comes from braida, a word of Lombard origin used in the Middle Ages that has phonetically evolved into Brera. Its meaning is "grassy field" - Garzanti Dictionary


"When in October 1958, Silvano and Sivaldo Simoncini, two brothers of Tuscan origin, took over the management of Rigolo with the help of their respective wives Franca and Vilma, the Brera district was not yet in vogue. There were no banks or boutiques, but only several food shops and delivery boys that went to and fro whistling on their bikes along Via Solferino. But it was really the artists' quarter: Lucio Fontana, Cassinari, Morlotti, Ajmone, Dova would meet for coffee or to have lunch together. Not to mention Guttuso, Ungaretti, Manzoni, Giò Pomodoro .... Therefore it wasn't Rigolo that took advantage of Brera's fame, but it was the Restaurant that helped to create it." (Carlo Castellaneta)

Taken from "Historical Shops between memories and the future", 2015

Historical workshops

"The Brera lived on the sidewalks, in the local haunts, the Brera of people who never had enough of exchanging words, merchants of white wines and barbera; this was the Brera which enfolded in increasingly deep spirals those who had the good fortune to live there. It was the time of meetings, exchanges of feelings, of rambling declarations of principles, in a variety of manners. It was the desire to reaffirm remnants of vitality that commitment to a stressful life, had never dulled. Regrets, nostalgia, memories, like going through a muddled family album, that you don't know where to start, so many were they who contributed to Brera's history, without knowing it. " (Gilberto Malaguti).

Taken from "Once Upon a Time in Brera ...", 2014

Porta Nuova

Porta Nuova is the ambitious project of urban redevelopment with skyscrapers and luxurious facilities where you can admire the skyline of the city of Milan. Walking in this area you can admire the square dedicated to Gae Aulenti, who you can see here in the photo taken at "his table" in Rigolo, designed by the Argentinian César Pelli. Water features, fountains, and the technological tree by Ross Lovegrove which, illuminated at night, make the atmosphere magical.


All around, you can see the large new residential area developed by Italian and international architects, among which are: the "Vertical Forest" (according to the International Highrise Award 2014, one of the five most beautiful skyscrapers in the world) designed by Stefano Boeri, the "Harmonica" designed by Studio Piuarch, the "Solaria Tower", Italy's tallest building, designed by Arquitectonica Studios and Caputo Partnership, plus the "Diamond Tower" by Lee Polisano.

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