Via San Marco, 2 – 20121 Milan
Typology: wine bar
Prices: wines by the glass 10/15 €, cocktails 10/15 €, cutting boards 10/26 €, dishes 12/22 €
Closing day: Sunday
Opened in 1973 in an ancient refectory, the N’ombra de Vin wine shop has always been a reference address for quality wine purchases in Milan. Over 3,000 labels, both Italian and foreign, primarily French, many of which from noble wineries. It is always managed by the Cora family, but with the advent of the new generations the wine shop has enriched its appearance, becoming a place where it is also possible to stop and eat, both for an aperitif and for an informal dinner, to listen to music (yes they organize evenings with live music and Dj Set) and participate in themed meetings on wine. Despite the truly enchanting location, unfortunately our visit recorded a disappointing level of the overall offer. After choosing a wine from the wide and varied list (but with really excessive markups), which also includes options by the glass (divided between whites, reds, Italian and foreign bubbles, rosé and sweet wines), cocktails, beers and soft drinks, we have ordered a mixed platter of cheeses and cured meats which turned out to be somewhat mundane. Raw ham, culatello, salami, pancetta, mortadella, two blue cheeses (one of which is spicy and creamy on the palate) and two caciottas with a fairly anonymous flavor, roughly presented by the waiter who was unable to give any more information, nor on the origin or on the type of milk used. Too bad, an opportunity, in our opinion, really wasted!
Nothing to say about the location: the refectory of the Augustinian friars that was part of the Basilica of San Marco has been artfully renovated and the columns that support the beautiful vaulted ceiling are still visible today, surrounded by hundreds of bottles of wine, for a really suggestive atmosphere.
The club’s Achilles heel: poorly prepared and sometimes absent.
Review by: Milano de La Pecora Nera – ed. 2020 – www.lapecoranera.net