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If you’re looking for a more quiet and classy aperitivo bar, Swami Café is the place to be. With good food, even better cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s a very nice aperitivo bar for a casual weeknight.

They have lots of types of food to pick from and unlike lots of aperitivo bars, the quality is really good. I loved the fact that they had a lot of Southern Italian food! I have a love for fried food in general but the Southern Italian style is the best. For example, the panzerotti is one of my favourites: a deep fried mini pizza. Most of the times filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and sometimes vegetables. They also had the fried zukini flower, which is one of my favourites Southern Italian dishes! Next to this, they had a variety of Italian antipasti like the famous bruschetta (grilled bread with garlic, olive oil and fresh tomatoes), and lots of prosciutto types (raw, smoked, seasoned, cooked). So they had a perfect combination of heavy, filling food and fresh, light food.

A lot of aperitivo bars tend to be very crowded and to be honest they make me feel claustrofobic at times. Even though Swami is pretty small as well, here you can relax on their comfortable couches with a nice drink and good music, so you won’t be bothered at all, even though it’s busy. During summer, like every bar in Italy, they open their terrace so you can relax on their couches outside.

Melissa - Born and raised in my beautiful hometown of Amsterdam, I studied in Milan for one semester during my Mediastudies degree and fell in love with the city! So when I graduated I decided to move back and here I am writing about my favourite places in Milan!