Established in 1867, during the Belle Epoque period within the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Savini has had and still maintains its significance in the city to the same value as the Duomo and Scala Theatre.
From the beginning, Savini was immediately recognised as an elegant venue in Milan, hosting numerous prominent figures, writers and journalists. These notorious figures included G. Verdi, G. Puccini, P.Mascagni, A. Toscanini, E. Duse, Sacha Guitry, A. Boito, G. D’Annunzio, G. Verga, Moses Bianchi, L. Capuana. Notably, one such figure included Filippo Tommaso Marinetti who left the Manifesto of the Futurist Movement within the premises, resulting in publication within Le Figaro in 1909.
“La passione per la perfezione arriva sempre troppo tardi, a volte, per certe imprese non bastano cento anni, ma si manifesta sempre come passione per la poesia. In questo locale ho incontrato quella della cucina”. E. Montale, poeta
The list of well known individuals also included the likes of Maria Callas, Luchino Visconti, Charlie Chaplin, Rainier and Grace of Monaco, Erich Maria Remarque, Lana Turner, Jean Gabin, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Carla Fracci, Henry Ford, Peppino de Filippo and the great Antonio De Curtis, who went by the alias Totò.
“Non ho mangiato mai così bene”. C. Chaplin, attore e regista
In 2008, Savini was taken over by the Gatto family who recreated the space, separating the coffee bistro from the restaurant, which remains on the first floor to this day.
Il Savini è Milano come lo sono la Galleria e la Scala”. Carlo Castellaneta, scrittore