All aperitivos (or aperitivi, to be grammatically correct) are not created equal. This lesson is often learned the hard way, as too many fools have suffered the extreme pain and anguish inflicted by bars which offer just a few sad bowls of chips at happy hour. It’s enough to make even the toughest of souls shed a tear or two.
But for every disappointing aperitivo in Milan, there is a magnificent spread to be found. One of those is provided by Scalo Farini in Isola, which offers platters of delicious goodness ranging from pastas and pizzas to cous cous and grilled vegetables.
But just as all aperitivos are not equal, neither are their costs. Scalo Farini is a bit pricier than its neighbors, but the variety and sheer quantity of food allow it to get away with charging a few extra euros.
The first drink during aperitivo is €9, no matter what you order, so be smart about it: order a cocktail instead of a beer. The second and subsequent rounds of drinks will set you back €7 for cocktails, and €5 for beers.
The cocktail list is vast; pages upon pages of choices are offered on a miniature clipboard. If you don’t see what you want on the menu, the bartenders can most likely make it for you, using their liquor stash that spans all the way up to the ceiling.
If there’s one criticism that can be said about Scalo Farini, it’s the amount of time it takes to receive your drink. However, don’t let that deter you from visiting, because you can certainly entertain yourself with unlimited servings of food while you wait (because calories don’t count when food is eaten off tiny plates).
The atmosphere is sleek, cool, and somewhat industrial, with exposed silver pipes and brick walls. There are plenty of tables on offer, although it does seem to get booked up on the weekends. For this reason, you’re advised to book a table before arriving on a Friday or Saturday.
Address: Via Carlo Farini, 27