Orient Express Milan – Dinner in a Tram
A night out on the town takes on a whole new meaning starting October 16, 2006. ATM, the municipal public transportation company of Milan, initiates service of a full service restaurant in a TRAM (that is a cable car). Trams have long been a tradition in Milan and were, until recently, the primary system of public transportation. Hundreds of people squished into a car made for half the number. People hanging off the doors that cannot close during rush hour are all images vivid in my mind. At the same time I remember watching peacefully the beautiful buildings, parks and the lights of the city when traveling outside the morning and evening rush.
Restaurants have long been part of train service and large boat excursions both on the lakes and the sea but this is the first time I have seen a restaurant in a functioning tram. Every evening at 8:00 pm the tram leaves Piazza Castello and embarks on a 2 ½ hour long journey through the night of Milan. Menus based on both meat and fish are available and it is a full course dinner including wine. This puts a whole new perspective on drinking and driving!
This is an exclusive engagement and seating must be reserved in advance. The cost is 50 Euro per person. Thinking just about dinner, this could be considered a bit expensive, but combine the entertainment of an exclusive view of Milan by Night and this elegant evening is a pretty good deal. Think of this as a trip on the Orient Express through the inner city of Milan. Certainly for those with a tight schedule an evening on the tram can be a unique experience.
The menu is complete from appetizer to dessert:
- First course
- Second course and side dish
- Cafe' with chocolates
- Bottled water and a bottle of wine for every two people.
If the house wine does not meet your taste you can order a wine from the wine list at extra cost.
Once you have confirmed reservations you should be at the departure point at least 10 minutes early to confirm menu’ choice and to choose your table.
Reservations can be made by calling the ATM toll free number: 800.80.81.81.
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