The last days of winter are gradually beginning to give way to the spring heat. For this reason, a good way to say goodbye to the coldest season can be to treat yourself to a good hot chocolate. For this reason, however, we are talking today about a typical alternative for northern Italy, definitely to try if you are in transit or if you live in Milan. In Italy, there is not only hot chocolate and bicerine to drink, but also this magnificent drink that has almost fallen into oblivion. Let’s find out its history together and where we can enjoy it.
Barbajada, one of the business cards of the capital of Milan
Milan is one of the most important metropolises on the entire peninsula and is often known for its liveliness at work level and for the spark in its nightlife. Unfortunately, due to its international footprint, this center had to sacrifice some of its authenticity. In fact, the characteristic dialect is being lost and even the kitchen, in addition to the more traditional institutions, is starting to disappear among the ethnic restaurants. But since we have already talked about the origins of the most famous Milanese dishes, today we want to talk about a typical drink, served cold in summer and hot in winter. This has nothing to envy for the much more famous Turin Bicerich, which is served in the historic café near the Consolata Church.
Not only hot chocolate and bicerine, here is a joy to drink rich in history and tradition that can be enjoyed in the heart of Milan
Barbajadan, on the other hand, got its name from the Neapolitan Domenico Barbaja, a coffee boy who later became a theatrical impresario. Its invention dates back to 1778 and is located in one of the beating hearts of the city, the Teatro alla Scala. Nearby was Caffè Cambiasi and there was born this dessert to drink made from milk, sugar, chocolate, coffee and cream. This idea was so successful that the man opened his own place, called the Caffè dei Virtuosi, for the persistent presence of artists and composers.
Today you can enjoy this part of the city’s history in some specialized places. One is certainly Hodeidah roasting, followed by Pasticceria Luca and Vergani. In the city center, however, Pavè Milano and Caffetteria Bistrot del Duomo are good alternatives on the homonymous market (editor’s remark in the author’s opinion). If you wanted to take a tour and see some distinctive places, here are seven unusual places to see.
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