Since 1817

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Founded in 1817 by Antonio Cova –a Napoleonic soldier– Cova is one of Italy’s oldest pasticceria. Celebrated for its product excellence, impeccable service and exquisite interiors, this historical Milanese institution has always been a place where tradition meets elegance and style.

Montenapoleone 8

Fashionable rendez-vous for patriots of the Risorgimento, those days Cova hosted the very representatives of the high society and the most stylish crowd. And it has never stopped: from Giuseppe Verdi to Ernst Hemingway to contemporary élite, even after the relocation to Via Montenapoleone 8 in 1950.


In 1993 Cova inaugurated its first venue in Hong Kong SAR, beginning its worldwide expansion. Today Cova, part of the LVMH Group since 2013, is present in Hong Kong SAR, Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, Monte Carlo and the UAE, recreating the traditional Italian combination of creativity and elegance around the world. In 2021, in the context of the reopening of La Samaritaine, Cova Paris opens its doors to the french capital.


Milanese culture has inspired and energized Cova that has unveiled its pastry making art, conquering the senses and touching the imagination of its nobility and bourgeoisie. The heritage of the city evolved with Cova, one being essential to the other.
Antica sede in Via Manzoni angolo Via Verdi. "I wished I were in Milan with her. I would like to eat at the Cova and then walk down the Via Manzoni" Ernest Hemingway wrote in his "Farewell to Arms" in 1929.
Postcard of Coffee-Restaurant and Confectionery
Cova, corner of Via Manzoni and Via Verdi
Historical photo of Piazza della Scala and Theater.
Coffee-Restaurant and Confectionery
Cova, corner of Via Manzoni and Via Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi walks in front of Cova. At the "social" table he shares his passion and personal aspirations, while enjoying one of the traditional products: the classic Panettone.


The ardor and the artisanal know-how of its Chefs, the exceptional quality of its products and the inner art of hospitality of its discrete service initiated the unique Cova experience in the 19th century and continue nowadays magnifying its heritage and matching the needs of an increasingly conscious clientele.


Passionate craftsmanship and elegant attention to detail have always been cornerstones of Cova philosophy and decades have passed with the purpose of providing inimitable creations to its esteemed guests. Superior miniature delicacies result from a scrupulous selection of raw materials, secret recipes passed down over the years and the extraordinary expertise of Cova’s in-house Pastry Chefs.


With unchanged passion for perfection and cordiality, Cova legacy has developed in a timeless elegance far removed from the passing fads of contemporary fashion. Its quest for offering an unforgettable experience, synonymous with the Italian cultured style, has driven Cova to become a contemporary icon and a trusted, unmissable, destination.
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