Mito is a wine bar and restaurant in Brera, one of my favorite —if not my favorite—neighborhood in Milan. Brera embodies what people love and enjoy about Europe: lots of small winding pedestrian-only streets lined with boutiques and restaurants. If weather permits, Mito has an adorable café style outside seating. Once inside the restaurant, it has a clean, modern décor, but what really sets it apart is their viewable wine cellar.
The ‘cantina’ is an original historical Milanese cellar that naturally remains at a cool constant temperature that is perfect for storing wines. Mito also prides themselves in not only having over 200 wine labels but also knowing each and every small batch producer personally.
They have visited the wineries and have tasted everything that’s available in the shop. Even with their excellent quality offering, prices range from absolutely affordable to only for special occasions.
While I was there, they had a presentation from one of those producers, Eraldo Viberti, from the Langhe wine region.
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Mito is the place you go to get that hard to find bottle for that wine enthusiast friend…
They also have a super fancy technological way to get wine out of a bottle without actually opening the bottle, thus ensuring that the tastes stay unaltered for over a year. So if there is that incredibly expensive bottle of wine (you know that stuff that’s over 200 euros that you’ve always wanted to try, but the idea of spending 200 bucks on a bottle makes your pocketbook a little uneasy) you can try it at Mito. A glass of the really good stuff will probably run you around 30-50 euros, but that’s a huge savings compared to getting the whole bottle.
But what’s good wine without good food?
Mito’s menu changes almost weekly according to the seasons and market availability. They’ve also taken the time to source quality ingredients like artisanal Italian salumi produced without any added sulfites, mozzarella and other fresh cheeses produced by “Le tentazioni del latte,” and now that Christmas is upon us, award-winning panettone from Pasticceria Cucchi.
So the next time you’re in the Brera area and looking for a place to get a great glass of wine, mosey on over to Mito Italia. And let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Photos by Roberta Agovino