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By Lena Harizopoulos

You do know Christmas is on the way when you start noticing the first panettoni waving at you from the long windows of the Milanese bakeries…..
When all the hip and trendy pasticcerie & coffee shops around Europe start coming up with new panettone flavors and you suddenly hit the treadmill twice a day, then you know the time for that perfect Christmas treat is approaching…


Panettone photo by foodffs

The truth is I can eat panettone throughout the year any time, anyplace, before or after a meal, or even as a meal dipped in herbal tea or along  an aromatic mild espresso.
Pandoro on the other hand – the Christmas Italian cake with the creamy heart instead of candied fruit – is my main festive weakness.

Top places to buy Panettone are:

Saint Ambroeus Milano at Corso Matteotti, 7.
Here you will find the real thing. A traditional Milanese pastry shop open since 1936 where you can enjoy afternoon tea or just order your panettone to go.
I always ask for a plain raisin panettone and buy at least 3 for people who are real panettone connoisseurs.



Pave Milano at Via Felici Casati


PAVE Milano

Pave appeals to your modern day panettone side, a very cool cafe, known for its great panettone, this year proudly presents “il panettone per due” – the panettone for 2 – or even for 1!
Nicely and neatly packaged in a jar, comes in different flavors on a weekly basis starting as of the 10th of November with panettone al
pistachio, cherry and tonka beans followed by lemon and chestnut or even gianduja and ginger and many more yummy combinations that will pleasantly surprise you.



Il panettone per due at Pave Milano

Finally in the heart of Milan, another institution in the Milanese gastronomia for over 100 years, Peck is the deli to go when in the city.
Beautiful packaging, warm festive atmosphere, from savory delicacies to sweet delights, everyone passes from Peck when in Milan.
Peck Milano at Via Spadari 9

Peck Milano ;enasblackbook

Peck Milano

Finally in Paris ..


Boco Paris

At Boco Paris
This is your panettone on the Go when in Paris made by Simone Rodolphi. Italian know-how meets Parisian chic. A velvety panettone placed in a beautiful jar letting all its aromas escape as soon as you open to savour it