In planning a pastoral escape to rural Italy recently, I had the choice of flying into Rome or Milan where I’d begin my trip with a few days of urban adventure.
Having explored the Italian capital on a prior itinerary and being predisposed to the geographic muses of Pepperidge Farm cookies (Tahiti! Geneva! Sausalito!), I opted for a few days in Milano.
Baked into that decision was the fact that the city was in the midst of hosting EXPO 2015, a much ballyhooed and culinary-themed world’s fair located 20 minutes outside of central Milan. The 242-acre site, with exhibition spaces representing the cuisine and food-production industries of over 140 nations drew more than 20 million visitors over its six-month run.
But one man’s delizioso is another man’s ptooey! I found the crushing crowds and waits of two or more hours to sample the likes of Zimbabwean crocodile burgers and microwaveable Thai food to be molto agitante.