There are a couple of ideas floating around as to what the “Dry” of Dry Milano stands for. Could it be a reference to the prohibition? An era which inspired many of this chic cocktail bar’s tipples. Or the stripped-back decor, perhaps? The interiors are devoid of fuss. The ceilings stretch up high, and a glance reveals the exposed piping, the light bulbs dangling down on red wires. The walls are rough-treated, with smooth plaster, the odd scribble. It’s all consciously done, of course. But done with aplomb. Dry feels welcoming and unpretentious, but undeniably stylish. It’s a place to kick back with friends and enjoy some cracking cocktails and wood-fired pizzas.
Pizzas make up the meat of the food menu at Dry Milano, and so they should. Why would you eat anything other than a spicy sausage, shallot and fior de latte mozzarella-topped pizza (it’s the Ventricina, if you want to know)? Or just keep it simple with a buffalo mozzarella pizza draped with prosciutto. After all, there are classic offerings on the menu, and adventurous ones that tempt you out of your pizza comfort zones. But they’re all good. Hell, they can even make broccoli on a pizza delicious.
There are breads and tapenade, and some enticing salads as well. The orange and liquorice salad in particular (made with crispy leaves, spinach, raisins, pine nuts, carrots, orange cream and liquorice) is one that should be tried to be believed. And to round off the meal, try one of their delicious ice creams or sorbets, like the caramel and Maldon sea salt number.
And lest we forget the drinks. Let’s just say, you should prepare yourselves. These aren’t your usual sugary bar drivel. Pick something from the descriptively named “Vintage and Forgotten Cocktails” and then, if you have a mind, you can make your way back to the more familiar numbers, like Cosmopolitans and Martinis. But first try drinks like the “Last Word”, a concoction of Plymouth gin, Chartreuse Green, maraschino and lime, which owes its existence to 1920s Detroit. Or the geographically-sound Milano-Torino, made with Campari and sweet vermouth. Whatever you pick, you can rest easy; a night at Dry is a night well spent.