After Rome, Positano and Venice it is the turn of Milan where prices seem to have taken flight following the two years of restrictions related to Covid.
We are bleached for the Briatore’s pizza at 65 euros, without yeast too. No less impressive is the lady who paid 24 euros for two coffees at the counter in Venice. From Milano comes another story of uncontrolled prices but this time with an aggravating circumstance.
I’m used to writing about other people who turn white when paying a bill that is considered a bit high: well this time it happened to me firsthand. I have lived in Milan for many years. Saturday morning I was with another person in the area Porta Lodovica: about two kilometers from the Duomo and 200 meters from the Bocconi University. Definitely a very beautiful area but not particularly touristy: frequented, especially by those who live nearby or by students of the prestigious university. For those unfamiliar with Milan I think it is right to specify: nothing to do with via della Spiga, via Montenapoleone, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele or Brera.
We entered one of the historic places of the city where, in many years, we had never entered. After being seated at a small table we asked for the paper menu but we were told that they did not have it: if we wanted we could consult the menu on the barcode. Neither of us having the appropriate application on the phone, we got the waiter to list what they had. I limited myself to one simple coffeethe other person took a extract with berries and apple. Shortly afterwards the waiter returned with a receipt on which, however, the prices were not indicated but only the two drinks ordered and the number of our table. Finding ourselves in a historic place I expected to pay a little more: I assumed 1.50 euros for the coffee – instead of the usual 1.20 of the other bars in the area – and 7-8 euros for the extract, instead of the canonical 5 EUR. Arriving at the cash desk, the lady very kindly and naturally informed us that the bill was 14,50 euro. I asked twice why I didn’t believe it: 12 euros for the extract and 2.50 euros for the coffee.
We didn’t flinch and paid. Before leaving, however, I wanted to check one thing, if there was a price list posted in the bar. Unfortunately not: prices were not displayed nowhere. Personally, I believe that every manager can make the prices he deems appropriate. However, I also think it is right to expose them or, at least, to provide a paper menu because not everyone has the application to scan the barcode. Another small flaw of this – certainly beautiful – local: the only bathroom is located at the top of a spiral staircase. Therefore it cannot be reached by people with motor disabilities or by elderly people with walking difficulties. And this is the least pleasant part of the story.
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