Does somebody feel the need of a new aperitif venue in the Porta Nuova area, between Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como, one of Milan's most popular area in city movida?
The Nobel, inaugurated on September 8, has a peculiarity that makes it original and different from all others.
Preferably seats for couples: two armchairs with individual movable and optionally stackable tables, in order to save space, with adjustable LED lamps for each seating; available in a room between the armchairs, a bag of bread and a bottle of water, in addition to the set with cutlery and napkin.
The entrance ticket includes a drink and a choice of three menus: the "Thelma" (focaccia with stracciatella – a kind of mozzarella - e anchovies), the "Erin" (fassona meatballs with bbq sauce), the "Lisbeth" (selection of cheeses with onions and pear mustard). To drink, a selection of bubbles, red and white wines, beers and traditional Campari or Aperol spritz.
The quantity is certainly not such as to replace a dinner, but the quality of the dishes, and even the drinks, is great. Table service, attentive and discreet. Everything, cuisine, beverage selection and service, cared for and guaranteed by Eataly (which now dominates the nearby XXV April square).
So what makes the Nobel unique among the aperitifs venues? Do not mention menu names? And if we add Louise, Brokovich, Millenium? Those are the names of female protagonists of some famous movies. Because the Nobel, in fact, is a real movie theater inserted inside the new Palazzo del Cinema created by Anteo, expanding the historical site of Via Milazzo.
18 places all over (we suggest to book in advance) and discreet and elegant ambiance (although the effect is a bit from the aerial business class). Food and drinks are served before the start of the film and individual lights allow you to see what you eat without disturbing other audience. The screen is obviously not great, but in any case the theatrical effect is guaranteed: you will have the unprecedented chance to combine happy hour and (eventually) happy end ...
In addition to the aperitif there is also a dinner option. We still have no indication of the prices charged, as there were special conditions for the inauguration. Indeed, we were the first viewers of the first show of the first day at Nobel, also greeted with a glass of good prosecco.
Positive experience; of course, eating while the film runs through, inevitably discards a little look and concentration from the screen; and perhaps a choice of finger food, instead of dishes that require the use of fork and knife, could have been preferable.
For logistical reasons, a bit of disused custom is back: the break in the middle of the movie screening. The projection stops and the lights turn on to allow the staff to clear the tables and take any extra orders.
Drink a cocktail and choose something to eat in a good buffet is fun and definitely less expensive than a dinner at the restaurant.