Food, drinks and amazing view in Venice
If you want to spend a special evening in Venice, with a crazy panoramic view of the city, the Giudecca island offers you this possibility with an aperitif at the Skyline Roof Top Bar of the Hotel Molino Stucky Hilton, followed by a dinner at Aromi, the restaurant of the hotel.
We tried this experience a few weeks ago, thanks to 2night Venezia (click here for the article in Italian), by choosing to have an aperitif on the covered terrace, so as to have a beautiful view, even if at night, of Venice.
Amazing view and cocktails Skyline Rooftop Bar
The view from the roof of Molino Stucky is unrivalled and the Skyline Rooftop Bar offers a chic and elegant setting for an aperitif in style, with a mix of comfortable sofas, bar stools and tables on the outdoor terrace and an indoor bar. The menu offers twenty-one (yes, 21) exclusive cocktails signed by the Barmen of the Skyline Rooftop plus a vast range of traditional cocktails, alcoholic beverages of all kinds, soft and hot drinks.
We tried two of their signature cocktails: the Stardust, with Tequila, Sambuca, Blue Curaçao, Agave Nectar and fresh lime juice and the Ruhmba, with Myers’s Dark Rum, orange, pineapple, lime juice, Agave Nectar and Muscat wine. All cocktails come with a small selection of olives and snacks to munch on.
Impressive presentation and well-balanced cocktails: good tension, correct balance between alcoholic strength, sweetness, acidity, bitterness, saltiness, temperature and consistency. In one word: perfect.
A special mention also to the Gin of the house, produced with four botanicals from the lagoon: enula, santonico, sea porcelain, sea fennel – a gin with a savoury, soft, spicy taste, served with tonic water and a basil leaf.
The Skyline Rooftop is the perfect place for an elegant and relaxing aperitif with the sunset over Venice, especially for summer evenings, when the hotel also offers live music and DJs on the terrace.
The rooftop in winter is open from 4 to 11 pm with reservations (to maintain social distancing) and can be accessed even if you are not staying at the hotel.
We continued the evening by dining in the hotel restaurant, Aromi.
Aromi Restaurant at Hotel Hilton Molino Stucky
The Hilton Molino Stucky hotel, a huge brick-coloured building, is housed in a former grain mill and is one of the most scenic buildings on the Giudecca island.
The Venice Hilton’s flagship restaurant, Aromi, is doing all it can to demonstrate that quality Mediterranean cuisine is not found only in Southern Italy.
During the summer season, you can choose to have lunch or dinner in the dining room or the panoramic terrace – the latter is obviously the best choice, offering guests a magnificent view of the Giudecca canal and the Zattere.
Recently renovated in 2014, Aromi presents a unique and original concept, with seventy seats internally and around 100 externally.
Water, the dominant element of the lagoon city, is the protagonist of this innovative space, full of atmosphere and emotions. A space where the intense and contemporary ink blue colour dominates.
The original exposed brick walls and the resin concrete floor create a unique place: everything recalls the world of sailing, a yacht club style, from the chairs to the tables to the outdoor furniture. Particular care and attention have been paid to the lighting, which is mainly concentrated on the tables in the dining room, placing the customer at the centre of a quality gastronomic experience, in an elegant and suggestive environment.
The restaurant’s menu, which varies seasonally, offers refined Mediterranean dishes that embody Venetian and Italian culture, but aimed at enhancing the true flavours of Mediterranean cuisine, with very particular combinations of spices and ingredients. The dishes are prepared with raw materials of the highest quality, with a refined selection of meat and fish.
The meal at Aromi Restaurant
After being greeted by the Restaurant Manager Giovanni Burrafato, we took a seat at one of the large tables inside the restaurant and tasted a selection of olive oils from different regions of Italy, dipped in homemade bread.
Dinner started with Salted Amberjack with Garda lemon gel, radish, parsley water, beetroot mousse and Golden caviar.
The amberjack is a very fine blue fish, very delicate and tasty, which outwardly and morphologically resembles tuna. Golden caviar is the most precious and rare Italian caviar, obtained from the very rare albino sturgeon: its colour unmistakably recalls that of gold and has a sweet, very delicate flavour, enriched by pleasant fruity nuances. Overall a dish with very a particular combination, but nonetheless very tasty.
It was paired with a nice glass of Bisol 1542 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G Brut: a deep and brilliant straw yellow colour, fine and lively perlage, soft, savoury and elegant on the palate.
We then tasted a Crispy Octopus with romaine lettuce heart, mascarpone, cuttlefish chips and oyster water sauce. A light, but tasty dish combining fish and vegetables and all the lagoon tradition in a single course.
Mr. Giovanni paired it with a Roseri Valtenesi Chiaretto DOP from Cà Maiol: an elegant and refined wine, whose name derives from the fact that, for its delicacy and aroma, it recalls the bud of a rose.
As a first course, the chef prepared two dishes: some homemade Tortelli with creamed cod, mascarpone, crustacean bisque and an Acquerello Risotto with squid ink and seared scallop, Belluno dill and dehydrated capers.
What was once defined as the poor dish loved by the Doge, creamed cod, was here wrapped in a thin sheet of egg pasta and served simply with a thick crustacean broth. A simple dish in the presentation, but absolutely refined in taste: the tortello had a sweet taste and a pleasant texture, slightly rougher than the usual fillings.
Risotto with cuttlefish ink is a great classic of Italian cuisine, perfect for all fish lovers. A dish with “the sea inside” enriched in this version with seared scallops! Simply divine!
To accompany those two first courses, a Friulano La Viarte, a full-bodied, structured, round, balanced wine with excellent smoothness.
Halfway through dinner we were brought a blackcurrant sorbet, perfect for breaking up the courses.
As a main dish we tried some Seared Prawns served with a cube of Range Valley American beef, cooked at a low temperature, accompanied by a Jerusalem artichoke puree, roasted potatoes and red wine flambéed radicchio. A refined version of a land and sea dish, the classic surf and turf duo.
Paired with a Valpolicella Ripasso Macion, a wine with excellent structure and a soft and delicate finish.
For dessert a classic of Italian cuisine, the Babà al Rhum served with zabaglione ice cream and, on a side, a plate of fruit and gelèes, paired with a Torcolato Sarson, a dessert wine from Breganze in the Veneto region.
Throughout the dinner, the service was pleasant and attentive, without being intrusive, with an elegant and peaceful atmosphere, the food exceptional in both taste and presentation, with products from all Italian regions, but wisely combined.
A true refined gourmet experience, with a guaranteed panorama!
Can’t wait for summer to arrive and get back to try their terrace!
+++Disclaimer: I was sent to this restaurant for the purposes of reviewing it by 2night Venezia. The fact I got the meal for free has not influenced the review in anyway.