The date is Friday September 7. I suppose I could actually go over and look at the room but from the photo, it looked like all of the tables adjacent were for 2. The other round table was on the other side of a post so that it didn't seem a good option. I am angry at the bolts! That said, should you have some idea, please let me know. The event 3 years ago was a birthday celebration (mine) hosting out of town guests. I rarely do such things but that evening could not have been better. The food, the service, and that chef table were all exceptional. Again, thanks. Charkds
Thank you S. Gordon. After I posted I called the number for private dining. The gentleman there, Joey, could not have been nicer. He explained what you posted, showed me a photo of the front room that's on their website, and noted that all of the tables are now bolted to the floor and cannot be moved. He DID say that one round table could accommodate 8, but my party will probably be 9-12 so it won't work. The separate dining rooms have a minimum that doesn't make sense unless it's closer to 20 people. That said, if you find anything more, or if you know another restaurant that might work, let me know. The chef's table there, alas, was perfect. Thanks again. Charles
Hi Kathryn: Thanks so much for taking the time and the list. This is a celebration dinner. Acquavit had then, and still has, a 4 course $85 tasting menu which we used and was great. Something similar would be fine though I guess a regular menu could work. When I researched this 3 years ago, restaurants would try to steer me to private dining rooms where the minimal costs did not make sense for 10-12 people. The table at Aquavit was perfect because while not in a separate room, it was set apart and required no additional fees. Again, Thanks. Charles
3 years ago I hosted a wonderful dinner at Aquavit, reserving their chef's table in the main dinning room. I went to make a reservation to recreate this and was told that they no longer have that table, nor, I was told could they accommodate 10 at one table! The dinner there was WONDERFUL. I don't want a separate dining room as the cost then becomes prohibitive. The table at Aquavit had no extra fees because, while separate from the other tables, was not in a separate room. Any suggestions for 1) an alternative 2) negotiating with Aquavit staff
Thank you so much. I learned from their website that Joia is closed all of Christmas Week as is Crecco-Peck. I'm looking for a very good restaurant (celebrating a birthday with my entire family arriving in Milan that morning). The hotel says that most restaurants, even if open, close around 1 p.m. Christmas Day. I will try the 2 restaurants you mentioned. We are staying near the Stazione Centrale and I suspect most things will be closed on our arrival Christmas morning (hoping maybe we could see the Duomo...at least the church should be open!). Again, thank you. Charles Merrill
I will be staying with my wife and 2 daughters just behind Piazza San Marco. Am interested in 1) restaurant recommendations 2) any special events you may be aware of at that time I checked La Fenice's website and there is nothing there, but I understand that you can take tours of the opera house. Are there tours there that time of year? Thank you.
I will be in Milan Dec. 25, departing Dec. 26 for Venice, staying near the train station. 1)Any suggestions about dining Christmas night? 2)Do you know what sights might be accessible Christmas Day, if any? Thank you.