After some much-appreciated chill-time in Vernazza, we sped north to beautiful, grand, and grungey Milan, via the lovely coastal towns of Rapello and Portofino. Staying in a super-hipster AirBnB apartment in the Ticinese area by the canals, we were in the perfect location to explore some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, while still being a 20-minute walk from the duomo and the centre of the city.
A warming post-Como beer was definitely in order, so we hit up Beerifico Lambrate, east of the main train station. This lovely, dingy little bar, all dark wood and pleasingly garish interior decoration, serves up some seriously delicious brews, not to mention free antipasti from 6-8pm. We took our cue from the locals and loaded up paper plates with potato salad, spinach and ricotta tart, roast pork, olive tapenade, focaccia, tomato and caper salad, and fresh bread. Topped off with marscapone gelato served with warm Nutella from RiveReno, it was a pretty perfect day in this part of the world.
Stay tuned for the Venice post, where I cover off our last three days in Italy before we head north, and trade pizza and gelato for waffles and frites!