Maio

Address: La Rinascente, 7th floor, Piazza Duomo, Milan, 20121, Italy
Telephone: 02 88 52455

- Expensive

4.7

Designer heaven in Milan – anyone for cocktails on the terrace?

The seventh floor of La Rinascente department store is entirely given over to a foodie heaven. Inside are a series of small cafés and delicatessen boutiques. And then there is Maio. As the day progresses, the terrace restaurant changes its spots, serving breakfast, coffee, lunch, tea, cocktails and dinner, with different menus for each. But the terrace space, divided into a bar with low tables for lounging and a more formal eating area, remains the spot for one of the best views in Milan.

Food and drink
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
4.4
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Ambience
4.8
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Location
4.9
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Food and drink

You can have almost anything here, from a lunchtime salad, burger or pizza to afternoon tea, cocktails or dinner. But it will almost certainly come with an exotic twist. The risotto comes with Perrier-Jouet champagne, oysters and watercress pesto. Even the tea is complicated. The 'sweet love', for instance, took my fancy – black tea with ginseng and liquorice roots, spices, guarana seed and pink pepper!

Ambience

La Dolce Vita, dahling! Very glamorous young people in big sunglasses lounge around low tables on a broad terrace on the 7th floor of La Rinascente department store, so close that you could almost reach out and touch the Duomo. This is a place to be seen. 

Service

If this were Hollywood, the staff here would all be wannabe actors, as its Milan, presumably they are wannabe models. They are young, charming and nearly as good looking as the clientele. 

Location

On the roof terrace of La Rinascente, right by the Duomo, almost within touching distance of the spires.

Price advice

Prices vary hugely throughout the day, but remain high. Expect to pay around eight euros for a drink, 60-80 euros for three courses without wine. 

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Singles
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Chilling out

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