Along with all the retail shops, there are six restaurants to choose from. The only problem is finding a seat during lunch time. Most had hour long waits for a table, but we were lucky enough to wander into a large open Piazza with standing tables. As we walked in, a couple was just vacating their spot so we sidled right in their place. A waiter materialized in seconds and minutes later we were enjoying our first Eatalian drinks.
Doreen ordered a fine Pinot Noir and I started with a Birra Moretti La Rossa (7.2 % Alc.). Moretti has been brewed in the northern Italian town of Udine for more than 150 years. Made with water that flows from the nearby Austrian Alps, these beers have have won many awards including a gold and silver medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup. My first choice was also a real winner. La Rossa’s sweet caramel smell and malty taste combined wonderfully with our cheese plate. We were also served fresh bread with various dips including a honey and amaretto dip that sent my sweet tooth to Nirvana.
After our meal we walked the market and found a sign that said Birreria. Now I don’t speak the language but I translated this to mean “beer area”. Actually, it means brew pub or brewery. Underneath the sign, were some of the finest beers from Italy and what I think is one of the best American Breweries, Dogfish Head. Sam Calagione from DFH and Teo Musso of Baladin and Lurisia Breweries helped with the selection.
They also helped develop the Birreria on the 14th floor. By this hour the pub was mobbed and we were just able to grab a corner of the bar and one of the few DFH beers I haven’t had yet, Immort Ale. At 11% alcohol it was way too strong for a post-meal beer, but at least I can add it to my list.
The bar crowd was friendly and the place apparently has an outdoor sitting area that I would have liked to see. We were feeling a little cramped so we made our way back to the elevator and down to street level to purchase some of the treats we experienced today.