“The ad­dress of mar­vels”

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In the cen­ter, but far from the chaos, there is a large chunk of a hidden city in which reigns a sug­ges­tive and fa­mil­iar at­mos­phere with a vin­tage fla­vor.

This corner of Mi­lan cer­tainly of­fers its best pro­file dur­ing the sum­mer, with a ideal open space for the cocktail hour or af­ter­dinner, even if this area of corso San Got­tardo doesn’t lack for fine, fash­ion­able restau­rants that have given a new face to the court­yards of the old ar­ti­sanal Mi­lan. Wel­com­ing the cus­tomer af­ter hav­ing fol­lowed a lu­mi­nous path and some signs, there is a sign with “Wel­come to Lit­tle Italy,” al­most an as­ser­tion of the au­then­tic­ity of these “new and an­cient” gath­er­ing places. Among these, re­cently in­au­gu­rated, is “L’of­fic­ina,” a cocktail bar out­side the Of­ficine Ri­u­nite Mi­lanese where they cus­tomize mo­tor­cy­cles. As Raf­faello Polchi, one of the own­ers, ex­plains: “The bar also fol­lows the same prin­ci­ple: the cock­tails are tai­lor made for the clients ac­cord­ing to their tastes. We might ad­vise them to try some­thing orig­i­nal or a re­vis­ited clas­sic.” The drinks, pre­pared by the bar­man Gian­luca Amoni, aren’t the cheap­est—they cost be­tween 12 and 40 eu­ros—are en­joyed at the ta­bles in front of the retro bar, or in those set up in the “garage” in front, among mo­tor­cy­cles and vin­tage cars.

Via Giove­nale, 7 - 20136 Mi­lan

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