Milan – we could add, finally – has a new café located at a museum, and totally surrounded by nature too. The Villa Reale in Palestro, beside being of a stunning beauty, displaying 19th century artpieces at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna and having a romantic park, now has a café-bistrot called LùBar too, which is part of a street food project that has been around Milan since 2014. It is perfect for breakfast, a light lunch or a candle light dinner.
The South wing of the Villa, that was once a transit portico for carriages and an orangerie, has been restored as a winter garden dedicated to the brand new café. We explored the place and tell you how it is!
This new Milanese corner, called the ‘garden restaurant’ by those who designed it, is open from 8am until midnight and it is there to welcome you for a relaxing break with traditional Sicilian goods: cannoli, granite and organic fruit juices, almond milk and, of course, arancini of all kinds from the classic ones to the ones with ragout and the more creative versions, such as the delicious shrimps and pistachios one. The menu also offers macco di fave (a kind of hummus made with fava beans), baked panelle palermitane, eggplant balls, pasta with bottarga (roe) and beef rolls.
LùBar is a slow street food project that originated in Sicily in 2013 from the idea of three siblings who love their land. In April 2014 LùBar arrived in Milan, at the Central Station, with its Ape Piaggio street food car, offering Sicilian specialties to tourists and residents alike. Three years later: here is a new adventure.
Milan’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna – GAM is located in Via Palestro, at a short walk from the red metro stop and from many buses and trams stop. Therefore, forget the car and get there by public transport!
The decor of the bistrot recalls the atmosphere of an orangerie, with the tables and the Lamberteghi sculpture by Berthel Thorvaldsen, a selection of plants and herbs with respect of the original 18th century materials.
The decor plays with the light that filters in through the big windows and reflects on the white marble, offering a feeling of extreme coziness.
In addition to the large outdoor setting, located in the courtyard of the Villa, and the main room at the portico, there is an open space in the park dedicated to children.
LùBar’s prices are more in line with the Milanese standards than with the Sicilian ones: 5 euros for an arancino (but it was huge, it must be said!), 4 euros for a cannolo, 3 euros for soft drinks and so on. They are not the typical street-food prices, but we think that with the gorgeous location at Villa Reale they are totally justified.
Via Palestro 16, Milan
+39 02 8352 7769 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8 am to midnight
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Tamara Ilic.