The aperitivo is considered an institution in Milan, and no visit would be complete without partaking in this pre-dinner ritual (though nowadays the aperitivo is more often than not the main event). This tradition got its start in the late 19th century, when Gaspare Campari, intent on serving a drink that stimulated rather than spoiled the appetite, began serving his eponymous bitter aperitif. As more drinks were developed, more nibbles were added to the offerings; it’s common now to find bars with elaborate buffet spreads. But quantity does not always equal quality. Thankfully, the two can still be found together, especially at Fonderie Milanese. In true Milan fashion, it’s hidden at the end of a gated lane lined with old garages and workshops. Attracting a crowd of students and young professionals, this former foundry has industrial-chic interiors as well as a massive patio, perfect for summer evenings.
Time Out tip: After aperitivo, walk to nearby Bocconi University to gaze at the architectural excellence of this prestigious university. The Aula Magna (Great Hall) designed by Dublin-based Grafton Architects almost looks as if it’s floating.
|Venue name:||Fonderie Milanese|
Via Giovenale, 7