Milanese Hot Chocolate

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Appears in
A Lombardian Cookbook

By Alessandro Pavoni and Roberta Muir

Published 2015

  • About

This delicious drink is named after the Neapolitan waiter Domenico Barbaja, who is credited with creating it at the Café Cambiasi, next to Milan’s famous La Scala Theatre. The café was a popular meeting place for singers and musicians in the mid-1800s. Originally created as a warming drink to combat Milan’s damp, foggy winters, it was very popular until the beginning of WWI, after which it virtually died out. These days Milan’s smart cafés are resurrecting it, serving it hot in winter and c