"Italians are known for many things, yet we should definitely be known for our beer!"
"We used to be named the English Football Pub, since it has English beers, Guinness and it is fashioned after the design and concept of the English pub, yet English speaking people, especially Americans would come here and say, "Hey where is the American Football!?" and we would have to say that we show Italian football, which you name soccer. The American Football games, except on Sundays, are about 3:00am Italian time. We close at 2.00am and so we renamed it the Football Pub and now although tons of Americans come in for sports and for a pint of Guinness, they don't complain about us not having American football!" laughs Fabio, the very nice real Italian capo.
"My entire team speaks English, me a little!" says Fabio as he asks me to talk to his bartender, a very fun guy named Bruno who originally comes from Portugal. "The people are nice who come in here. They want to have fun, talk with friends and watch football. My capo is a very nice guy, Fabio. He is fun to work for," he says as he helps me to translate from my english to italian! I tell him I made the interview with Formaggio, the Italian restaurant on the canals with the 65 year old capo who only speaks Italian using google translate while the Capo played 1930 vinyls of the Countess on his gramaphone in the background! "Really!" he starts laughing. "That was a different interview!" Yes very!
At lunch yesterday a stag group was in dressed in woman's outfits of all colors. They were drinking some pints, eating some cheeseburgers and fries and walking up and down the alleys taking photos with Italian passerbys laughing. They seemed to be enjoying the days in Milan and I asked if the thought the pub is a good pub! "Yes it's great, we're having a great time!" they said as they kept taking photos next to the pub's sign!
"We have a English British Bulldog Brewery , a American IPA, the beer Crystal, Guinness, Cider, a special lager beer, a couple Italian beers, the German Paulaner, all on tap. And of course we have craft beers in the bottle. The main beer on Tap is Heineken. The Italians prefer the craft beers and the Italian beers and the internationals usually coming to a English style pub love the Guinness.!
"That's my second in command," says Fabio as he shows me a picture. "I work during the day since I am the boss," he jokes. "My director is here usually at night and with the team everybody speaks English so it is easy to talk to each other."
Yet at the same time, Andrea is a family man, having had a great start from his famous father, who produced Aristone Records and such greats as Elvis Costello, Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones and Nat King Cole! After a great record producing career, Andrea said that he settled down to give to his son, Andrea, his daughter, his wife, a future.
Andrea says, "He gave us too much. He worked his entire life for his family."
He carries on that tradition. It is a gorgeous caribbean feel restaurant where on Wednesdays the deejays are joined soon with his 12 year old son who loves helping the deejays spin records! "He is my son, he can do whatever he wants to do." says Andrea!
"When we succeed in life we buy ourselves more time. It isn't about money. We work so we can buy ourselves more time in life." he says. "I want to spend time with my family. I want to expose my children to the world and help my children to make their own decisions and choices."
"El Brellin chefs were featured on Master Chef in June and everybody came to visit us!" I say of course people love Master Chef!https://www.facebook.com/ElBrellinRistoranteECafe/videos/1069913873194538/?t=2 click here to see the video!
Asso di Fiori Osteria Dei Formaggi
Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 54, and is a 1984 restaurant of the same family. The current capo, Angelo, along with his son, Mattia and uncle Stefano, have continued the tradition of over 360 cheeses from Italy and over 200 Grappas. The wine is 100% Italian and the cheese Italian and the family funny, warm, accessible and charming. Asso di Fiori Osteria Dei Formaggi
please play the video below to see the charming gramophone
"He loved the restaurant and when he came back to Milan, he decided to specialize in the cheeses, rare and unusual in Italy. Today, even our passcode for the wifi is about the amount of cheeses we find and cook with. We have between 200 and 360 cheeses that we use all year round, in addition to the cheeses the tourists recognize such as parmesan and pecorino and buffalo mozzarella from Naples," tells Mattia as his uncle and head chef, Stefano emerges from the kitchen. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwWRfR4D6Gx/
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And whether you play one on one or couples, the table is only 11.00 euros per hour. Plus great cocktails, great music and right in the middle of Naviglio. IT WAS TOOOOOO MUCH FUN!
handcrafted to fit your vision from Daniele Fierro, who has made only 500 guitars in the world for famous and what he says is "lovers of electric guitars" in the last 35 years as the sole designer and owner of JACARANDA, the gorgeous custom guitar artisan store in the trendy NAVIGLIO section of Milan.
Not even one time did I feel uncomfortable. I laughed and learned tons of myth busters about one of the most beautiful restaurants and bars in the famous section. Gin 012's capo, Allessandro says, "I know that people usually associate GIN BARS with sophistication and with the stuffy atmosphere of where they are usually located. I wanted to break the myth or that idea about the formality of a specialty bar. The GIN 012 is a casual place where people coming to Naviglio can walk in, make their way through the tables of the chic Officina 12 and walk into the GIN bar and ask the bartender to please educate them! That is what my bartenders are for. To give you a fun lesson and a great drink. Here we have about 100 Gins, yet in the world there is about 10,000 Gins made. We, my partner Guisseppe and me and the Master Distiller of our own Gin created last year, 1984, choose the Gins. Basically, a Gin is made with alcohol and juniper. That is it. Juniper and Citrus. That is a Gin. However, the people start getting creative and make Gins with all these different fruits and yet they still are classified as Gins. We do have a couple of these. We like to experiment with the Gins and depending on me, Guisseppe, my bartending team and the guests themselves, we decide on the Gins. Last month we asked on our Facebook if the people would suggest Gins that they would love to see us have here at Gin012 and please add these to the Facebook list." Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 12 reservations: 0039 Tel: 0289 4 22 261
"The restaurant is international and Milan influenced traditional Italian along with it being a chic and trendy restaurant. I do emphasize here that it is a casual restaurant. The interior is beautiful and unusual, yes, yet everybody is welcome here. We want you to have fun, have a great night and enjoy Milan." says Allessandro.
30, Viale Gorizia, 20144 Milano MI
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The 12 year Birthday Capo, Antonio!, serving his guests his favorite ORECCHIETTE
Trattoria Pugliese Acquasala, Via Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 71 on the Canals of Naviglio.
"Yes, as you can see from the size of me, I love to eat!" says the friendly photographer and I ask him what his favorite is? "I enjoy the horse, although I do ride horses and I own a horse, the only people that are a little squeamish about horse are the Americans. The Europeans are a risky in the food they try as are the Asians and Russians; however, with the Americans we always have to say "just try" and after they try and love it we tell them then what it is!" he says laughing. I ask the Capo, Antonio, what he loves about the restaurant,"I love the passion and the feeling of the guests and my pride in my restaurant. You have to enjoy it and love it or it isn't good for you." he says. Above they went to a vineyard wine demonstration and were all drunk! As Shakespeare says, (or something to that effect) If music be the food (and wine) of love play on! To find the restaurant: Trattoria Pugliese Acquasala, Via Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 71 on the Canals of Naviglio.
"I do Rock and Roll themes, Medieval themes, classic figures and honestly most of the designs do come from people asking if we could do custom made designs. And that is a big section of the work that we do." says Lorenzo. "And if you have a motorcycle snap helmut I can make these too."
"My inspiration is from fashion, from Nature, from Life and I try to bring that inspiration into the store and my work. I try to inspire people with my own inspirations, if that makes sense with my bad English." says Lorenzo laughing yet I know what he means! http://www.ellsilver.com/ Gothic Art, Medieval Art, Rock and Roll Art, and Religious art...a and God said Don't put anybody before me...
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The typical American Breakfast can be found at the authentic SunnySide Up.
"Since I am Italian I had to do all of my own research such as what are American Holidays that would make my guests comfortable? Now we have 4th of July specials and we just had Thanksgiving of Turkey and Cranberry, Pumpkin Pie and the decorations. I know all of the USA holidays and I love America," says Simone, the Milan born owner of Sunny Side Up. "And the music is all American such as Willy Deville, Elvis of course, Rock a Billy, Whiskey Town which I know you love and I love Whiskey Town too!" he says. "And the girl here does all of the music because she is better at that than me. I am good at the food and the culture. The Italians are getting alittle used to it yet the other day some little old Italian ladys came in and said, "It is beautiful is it a cafeteria?" he laughs. "I say that it is a American Diner!"
Their charming niece, not pictured here, translates since the family is very Italian and speaks very tiny English. "She is the master chef," Guilia says of her favorite aunt, Stephania. And when she translates Stephania giggles at the use of the word Master. "Yes I am the Master!" she says. "Everyday since the last 7 months of opening we sit and talk about the menu. It is a try that one day and try a different dish another day. It is new. The restaurant is a design concept restaurant which means of all the Baccanales in Italy they provide the decor and furniture and you are allowed to make it personal. The food is the one item that is totally personal. Stephania chooses the Baccanale food and I am the person that cooks it! She loves the tartar and we do meat tartar here. The guests are a mixture you know. The political and the Wall Street and the biggest newspaper in Milan's office is here and they come in everyday. We try to see do they love this pasta and of course 1/2 is the tourists that come to try real Italian food. Stephania loves that to try and create the different food everyday." When I ask Stephania what her husband loves to do she says, "He loves watching everybody and he loves the people. He is much more the people person talking to everybody and I am the one that loves to make the different food. It is a perfect combination."She says and intertwines her fingers together. Since Stephania says "that Milan is a Fashion, Sports, Business city." when I ask her to describe the city. "RUGBY!" says her husband, Marco, "My father is a sports guy, in Chicago they have 10 famous Rugby teams!"
Be prepared for a fast-paced real family when you enter Baccanale in Milan. Above you see the artistic work of one of the sons, Lapo..."One of my sons is here and is a artist the way that I am" says Stephania(the owner and wife of the Capo, Marco). "One is married in Chicago-his wife is from Chicago and he is studying to be a pilot. One is Gaia who is in London and the younger one, Giacomo is too young to work with us." She says. "I WANT TO OPEN A BACCANALE SOON IN CHICAGO!" says her husband Marco! "WE love the city of Milan and the Italian people and that is the warm affection that we missed working and living in palma di maiorca the last 7 years. And since our son is in Chicago we thought we should open a Baccanale here too." she says.
"The young yuppies love the famous Milan aperitivos which start here from 18:00pm to 20:00pm, 6Euros to 8Euros drink and all the buffet...they love it."
"The fresh Italian ingredients that make tourists from all around the world come to Italy!" says the Cowboy, one of the staff that helps translate for me. When I enter for the interview, Marco yells, "COWBOY! ENGLISH!" The cook is pictures here & below is Marco.
"The main thing is to have fun." says Stephania through the help of Guilia. And she is joined on and off by Marco and while he runs to the counter, Lapo comes back and forth to translate the English.
"The family is wonderful. I lived for a little while with my aunt in Palma di Maorica and in Australia. They love each other and they love to travel. They love Milan yet it is about bringing a great Pizzeria such as the famous Baccanale to the people of Milan and when it succeeds to bring the Milan culture to Chicago. They love that city and their son loves that city. Yet he misses his family. They thought alright the Baccanale is truly successful here and lets try America now." says Guilia. Look out Chicago here comes the Fatai and Paganoni families of Milan!
Above Paolo Lapriore, one of the 15th best chefs in the World, says that they want to develope a convivial kitchen. A research center for food! And that the friends who make up the Tre Cristi he has found to be both emotionally and professionally supportive of him and the project. And while that may sound a little too scientific for you! Take a walk to Tre Cristi and see the beauty of the restaurant every bit as modern and techi as you can imagine and do dinner...highest quality of food "a little bit more sophisticated than Siena's Tre Cristi" says Riccardo. http://www.trecristimilano.com/menu/