We are in Milan, although it wouldn’t seem so. At aperitivo time Fonderie Milanesi look like a far distant point from the city center. Maybe for their large spaces, the relaxed atmosphere and the courtyard. Maybe because it is not a common experience to live and enjoy your time in a location that was once a foundry.
It is located in Via Giovenale, between Porta Romana and Porta Genova, and it brings some magic to the aperitivo time, one of my favourites in the city. I am not very certain about the quality of the buffet, an applause for the cocktails and a standing ovation for the location.
When the weather is good, I suggest booking a table in the courtyard, a countryside setting lighting up the evening of the guests. The open-air green space, the lantern lights and a buffet to enjoy with your cocktails.
The buffet is not an unforgettable one, let’s admit it (as it often happens in Milan), but cocktails are good (although my favourite ones are still these ones) and service can be improved.
It happens in summertime that you want to trade the ingredients’ quality with the quality of the location itself. This is one of those cases and I am sure that those of you who love to stay outside during a summer night would certainly agree!
Fonderie Milanesi is located in a courtyard in Via Giovenale and it doesn’t feel like being in Milan. And sometimes taking a little distance from the city while you are still there is a feature you should not underestimate!
The atmosphere is quite varied: there are often graduation parties, but the clientele usually varies from very young to older people. Even the attire can be very different: men wearing shirts and t-shirts, women in high heels or sneakers. Doors are open to everybody and I kind of like this!
The aperitivo at Fonderie Milanesi is in line with others in Milan. Cocktails cost around 10 euros and buffet is included. I would like the buffet to be nicer – especially because the place also offers lunch, dinner and brunch and food should be of a certain level – but I understand that I can’t have it all. When I come here I drink a lot, eat a little and enjoy the view!
Via Giovenale 7, Milan
+39 02 36527913
Open every day from 12:30 to 15:00 and from 18:30 to 2:00
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.