From the inspiration of one of the most symbolic men of Milan, an emblem of class and elegance worldwide, as well as wonderful collections of clothing and accessories, cult clubs are born that become unmissable spots for both Milanese and foreigners. It is no coincidence that the Emporio Armani Caffè e Ristorante is located in one of the most elegant areas of the city, halfway between the Quadrilatero della Moda and Brera, more precisely, in via dei Giardini 2, and that it has become the place of choice for an aperitif in the center of Milan.
Completely renewed in the furnishings and menu, the inspiration comes from the thirties, in harmony with the historic building that houses it, and the interior design is distinctly contemporary. A perfect place to host a real must in Milanese culture: the aperitif. Ideal for relaxing after a work day but also for meeting up with friends, this tradition is reinterpreted by Emporio Armani Caffè through a special drink list inspired by the world fashion capitals.
The bartender, Mattia Pastori, the signature of excellence in his sector, starts right from Milan, with some great revisited classics. America is represented through the Velvety, the Negroni Holistic and the Mediterranean Spritz. Take flight and land in Paris, a city of haute couture and, of course, Champagne. Here, the fine bubbles are the basis of the Champagne Mary – with spicy notes – and the Martinique Champagne Cocktail but there are also sweeter options such as the French Kiss with Cognac infused with banana and Porto or more refined choices like the Élégant and Verd, made special by the syrup of matcha green tea.
What better city than London for an increasingly dynamic audience, looking for new trends and changes? Techniques and trends in mixology come right from here and are the basis of recipes such as the Lifestyle Martini with Gin Mare combined with White Vermouth and infused with basil, Montenegro and olive oil, or, for the sweet tooth, the Italian Coffee: Irish whiskey, chocolate liqueur, ginseng coffee and tiramisu cream.
How many appointments were born as quick pre-dinners and ended up turning into long and pleasant evenings spent sipping a good drink? It is precisely from situations like these that the New York inspiration comes, that of the city that never sleeps. Interesting ingredients sprout in the Umami Cosmo which adds teriyaki sauce, tomato and blueberry juice to vodka and triple sec but also in the Spicy & Smoky, where the Italian bergamot rosolio, tabasco and pineapple juice appear. To complete the tour you can not miss Dubai – currently one of the most captivating and sought after destinations in the world – which offers mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) suitable for all needs.
In the face of such a rich, particular and intriguing drink list, lovers of bubbles will also find comfort in the series of sparkling wines and Champagne by the glass to accompany the food options designed specifically for the aperitif. The selection of spirits is no less important. Just think of the almost twenty gin that can be ordered divided by type (fragrant, botanical, dry) and the great variety of vodka, rum, whiskey. The elegance of the Armani brand speaks a universal language, perfectly exhibited not only in the world of fashion but also in that of bartending, prestigious hotels and restaurants.
If you have not already done so, make an appointment for an aperitif at the Emporio Armani Ristorante: you will know the joys of attentive and polite service, the feeling of well-being that only an excellent glass drunk in good company can give and the emotion of feel like privileged guests for an intoxicating evening. And if after the aperitif you still want to continue the evening, the two menus designed for dinner will satisfy your desire: more casual and Milanese on the ground floor, more refined and gourmet on the first floor.