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January 5, 2010

Milan's grand opening set for Jan. 15

MIDNIGHT SUN EXCLUSIVE*: Milan, the upscale restaurant and lounge in Little Italy, will have its grand opening Jan. 15.

It's a large space, with three levels, a U-shaped bar which seats 30 and an outdoor patio, according to a press release. The goal is to create a vibe that's similar to Pazo. Milan's catchphrase is, "Where food meets fashion." Translation: Where jet-setters spill pasta sauce on their fancy shirts.

Hee hee. ...

I'm not going to get into the menu, which involves steaks, hand-made pastas and Italian sushi (don't ask). I'll leave that up to Elizabeth Large. I do want to share some of the more scrumptious-sounding cocktails, though.

First, the martinis.

1) Dolce & Gabbana, $11, made with Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur, Stoli Razberi, a splash of club soda and fresh raspberries. 

2) Gucci Envy, $10, made with Absolut Apple, sour apple liqueur and a splash of Midori and pineapple juice.

Now, the cocktails.

1) Passion of Milan, $8, made with Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Passion Fruit Rum, ice tea and a splash of lime juice.

2) Various mojitos, $10-$12. Mmm ... mojitos.

Management is still working on a Web site, but here is the URL.

Stay tuned. I'm sure there is more to come.

*I couldn't resist the all-caps. They're big, bold, brash ... and beautiful.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:30 PM | | Comments (20)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I went to the soft opening on NYE. It was really nice. I didn't get to peep all 3 levels but the lounge, bar, and outdoor dining space we're nice (and heated might I add)The servers didn't quite seem to fit the atmosphere but they did well, especially for a soft opening. You'll like it.

Sounds like a new place for all the Jersey reject guidos to hang out


No, BC, the Jersey reject guidos go to Mad River. At least, The Situation from "Jersey Shore" does. Witness:

Sam, what's the address for Milan?

Milan is in Little Italy at Eastern & Exeter (1000 Eastern Ave)

Where Gucci meets [word that ends in oochie that you can probably guess]

Any "chic" place in Baltimore targeted @ jetsetters that has a cocktail listed for $12 better not be using Captain tap-dancing Christ Morgan in said cocktail. (its a new variety of Captain)

Man I hate to start on a negative note, but there is a good chance Baltimore Liquid will be shredding this place once it opens.

I do enjoy mojitos, but its 2010, let's pick a new once-authentic cliche cocktail to embrace so Ruby Tuesday's can bastardize it.

The place sounds fine, but the drink names? Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci Envy? It is as though Milan is trying to stress how classy they are through allusion. True class needs no enhancement. I hope they actually providng an upscale product, rather than just the illusion of class.

This reminds me of the Apple Store "geniuses".

By the way, I always associate Milan with Parrot Bay.

That place has a great patio and basement bar. I hope they put good use to it. Upscale? The Harbor East type or Eastpoint variety?

It's Eastpoint Klassy.

Walked by the other day and saw the interior. If you want to compare yourself to Pazo, you should start by hiring a designer on the level of Patrick Sutton.

I unintentionally stopped by Milan's last nite on my way to my favorite Little Italy bar (Amicci's). There was a small crowd and I recognized about 50% of the folks so nothing new there. I was impressed that the drink and dining menu wasn't as pricy as expected, prices seemed fair for any "upscale" place- $6 beers are the norm anywhere downtown that doesn't end in "Hill" or "Point". The peach mojito was ok. I did a solo tour of the place and it was nice and spacious but I agree with someone above it wasn't "Pazo chic". Although I understand the motiv, the burgundy velvet reminded me of my auntie's house. They should put plastic covering on the couches to make me really feel at home.

Peach mojito? Nuff said

I went to Milan on Saturday that just passed. My wife and I rarely go out in Baltimore because every place is out of date and have no style. Milan made me feel like I was on Ocean Dr in Miami... If you haven't traveled out of Baltimore then you really can't appreciate what Milan has brought to Baltimore. You must visit this place. Also, my veal chop and polenta cakes was great.

Let's play PR libs.

My ___ and I went to Milan on ____. It was so _____ing ______ that my _____ exploded. I have never _____ed anything so _____. Also we had the _____ which was great and the _______ which was also great. My only criticism is that its awesomeness may tear a hole in the space-time continuum.

Cue owners/employees/friends of Milan posing as objective customer's.... oh wait, Russell already chimed in:

I went to Milan on Saturday that just passed. My wife and I rarely go out in Baltimore because every place is out of date and have no style. Milan made me feel like I was on Ocean Dr in Miami... If you haven't traveled out of Baltimore then you really can't appreciate what Milan has brought to Baltimore. You must visit this place. Also, my veal chop and polenta cakes was great.

Please let me elaborate on Russell's comment, as I accompanied Russell and his wife on Saturday that just passed to Milan. I don't go out anymore in Baltimore since I realized every place in Baltimore has no style. But Russell and Mrs. Russell offered to buy me a round of polenta cakes, so i couldn't refuse.

We started the night with an Italian sushi-eating contest (Russell won by a nose) then we slammed a couple Gucci Envy cocktails. They were the most delicious drinks I've ever had. The sushi was outstanding too -- definitely try the mushroom ravioli maki rolls. And don't forget the pizza slammers with wasabi and coconut dipping sauce. I followed up with a polenta cake roughly the size of a small Volkswagen for my entree. It was doused in an almost-too-tasty veal and seared tuna puree. Overall, the meal was a 12 (take that, Spinal Tap) and it totally reminded me of the time I traveled outside of Baltimore.

After our amazing dinner, Russell and his wife and I had a delightful conversation about Milan's awesomeness. Then I put down about 15 smaller polenta cakes and Russell and I hit the dance floor to show of the coolest and latest dance moves. Most of our moves have not been witnessed in Baltimore yet, so they were very much appreciated by the crowd.

You MUST go to this place. Seriously. It made me feel like I was rolling down A1A.

BA, es verdad. Milan goes to 12, ur, doce. ¡Olé!


I witnessed those dance moves, and let me be the first to congratulate you on your awesome trendiness.

I hear at this very moment, BryaninTowson is installing an ice rink dance floor in Ful, which will feature Owl Meat "Triple Axel" twice a week.

BA I will be taking writing classes at the Annex in an effort to one day top the quality of your post.

Actually, I now have an ice dancing salute to Guns N' Roses where I perform a Triple Axel Rose. Now I just need some corporate sponsors. Any ideas?

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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