On the side of the Central Station, Porta Venezia area has changed a lot, more than many other districts in Milan. A few decades ago it was considered the most populated district by South Italy emigrants who came in Milan to find a job; they lived in these Twenties style buildings, in the intersections between Via Casati, Via Panfilo Castaldi and Via San Gregorio.
This neighborhood has turn in one of the most multiethnic of the city, with so many Eritreans and Asian restaurants. Also because the gentrification factor and the consequent change in social status of many residents, this area, in a few years, is populated by bars and premises that have made it a new center of “Glamour” Milan, but never too crowded as Navigli’s area.
One of last is the Bicerìn set in via Panfilo Castaldi, a delicious winehouse. Its name comes from the historical Piedmont’s drink, but also from Milanese dialect to refer to a “shot” drink.
Inside the Bicerìn you feel like you just open a sliding doors for another age; the Winehouse furniture remind us to some refined and elegant European salons of the 60s, with stylish decoration made with solid wood shelves, marble floors and chandeliers and art nouveau mirrors. There is also a secluded wine room, where you can taste the chalice with confidentiality.
You can understand about the passion of the three partners, Silvia, Lorenzo and Alberto, seeing the wine list; there are over 800 labels from all the Italian regions and a fine selection of bottles from countries such as Germany, Spain and France. Mostly bottles come from small wine producers, distinguished by the quality of their wine cellars.
The hospitality and care of the staff to treat the customers is another feature that you can find at the Bicerìn. It is not unusual to be entertained by the management which explain you the wine you are drinking. Each bottle has a label that describes its characteristics, the winery and the territory with a suggestion to food pairings to get along with the glass of wine.
The aperitif served by elegant glass demonstrates the attention to detail and good taste. On Bicerìn food menu you can choose dishes of cold cuts or cheeses accompanied by jams selected with the same care that the place has for its wines.
The staff also organizes activities and meetings like the “La Domenica al Bic” (the Sunday at Bic), a series of guided tastings to discover the origins of wines at Bicerìn, or the ”Wine Sharing: una bottiglia da condividere tra 6 wine-lovers” (Sharing Wine: a bottle to share between 6 wine lovers), dedicated to the discovery of special and rare wines.
Bicerìn Milan websiteo: www.bicerinmilano.com
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