Bvlgari, Milan 👍👍👍👌
The Bulgari Hotel was hived off the central area of the historic town center on a private street. We would expect nothing else from this style icon. So private, our Concierge cautioned against trying to walk to the hotel, as it was truly impossible to find unless with a local, knowledgeable driver. Very swish, brown and black hues, modern and young, happy people. Slick! Memories of our stay at The Bulgari Hotel in Bali many years ago…of course quite different, but a name is a name…and the attention to all things glorious was the same!
We would be walking more than 5km after lunch to see part of the old city as well as buy train tix to Turin so we decided missing the pre-lunch walk was acceptable.
Excellent, rustic, best “farm” bread we ever had munched! We slathered with exceptional olive oil and ate like truck drivers!
- 2008 Franciacorta Contadi Castaldi Spumante. Actually very nice. A very good Franciacorta usually is a nice aperitif. Champagne still has no worries, but this is good for a start.
- 2011 Proseco Valdobbiadene. Super sweet, OkeyDokey for an aperitif. We definitely are not Proseco people.
- 2011 Contadi Castaldi Adro (BS) Curtefranca. Blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco from Lombardia. Nice, fresh, slightly fruity, dry, fair amount of acidity. Excellent by the glass offering.
2011 Villa Gemma Bianco Masciarelli San Martino sulla Marrucina (CH). Blend of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Cococciol and Chardonnay from Abruzzo. Trebbiano very pronounced. Pleasant.
2007 Az Agricola Cos Acate (RG) Contrade Labirinto IGT. A Sicilian Nero d’Avola. Crazy, Port like bottle. The Sommelier said this is “the best” Nero d’Avola in Sicily. Dark, cherry red. Darn good expression of the “black grape of d’Avola.” Very happy, reasonably priced given the locale, bottle!
Burrata mozzarella with spinach and tomatoes. Excellent and simple. We had rested approximately 40 hours since our last mozz at Obika so we were ready and we loved it!!
Salmon carpaccio. Basically, a very good smoked salmon. Nothing special.
Veal Milanese. Excellent, but the veal was a bit too thick as was the bread coat. Not as good as Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. Three cheers – or stars – for Umberto Bombano!!!
Swordfish with Sun Dried tomatoes and various veggies. Yummy! Beautifully prepared and succulent piece of fish. Tomatoes special!
Apple Tart. A gallant effort to challenge Bombano’s equivalent dish at Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong, but not winning the battle! Pretty good, crunchy, not too much yogurt. Happy lil piggies.
Time to walk!!!
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Milano
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7/b – 20121 Milano