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Yikes! Another moving day! We checked out about noon. Everyone had been so nice at Hotel Langhe - the front desk people went out of their way to help us in any way they could.

We had map diections and our GPS to get us to Malpensa Airport in Milan. I made a few wrong turns along the way, but we finally made it.


First Hotel Malpensa is located just a mile or so from the airport, and they offer a free shuttle service. Our first order of business after we checked in was to return our rental car to Malpensa, and the hotel came to pick us up.


We loved the little Peugeot 207 that we rented in Torino. It had 1500kl on it when we got it, so practically brand new. Bill would have taken it home if he could have gotten it into his suitcase.



Back to First Hotel Malpensa, and we had a glass of wine in the lobby, which was decorated in kind of a modern theme.



I had read that there was a good restaurant right next door to our hotel, so we walked over to check out the menu, which sounded great. We arrived at La Quercia right when they opened for dinner at 7 p.m. It was a lovely place, not what you would expect for an airport-area restaurant.



The waiters were adorable - all seemed to be old-fashioned elderly waiters who had worked there (and at other restaurants) for all of their lives. Not much English spoken but we managed with our limited Italian.


They had an appetizer buffet set out which would have been a great dinner, but we wanted to order off the menu.


I had Risotto with Blueberries and Radicchio (not very pretty to look at but good) and Vitello with Tuna Sauce. Both were very good. No photo of the Risotto - the one I took just didn't do it justice.


Bill had Baked Lamb with Potatoes and Rosemary - also very tasty.


A wonderful dessert cart too. We chose an ice cream dessert.



But the best part of the meal was the wine - 2007 Jermann Venezia Giulia Pinot Grigio. It was outstanding, probably the best pinot grigio I have ever had!


Back to the hotel to pack - we had to figure out how to pack the 12 bottles of wine we had bought. More about our packing method when we get home.

Comments (2)


Very funky hotel! I hope you were able to get your wine home safe and sound.

I have stayed there the past two year. I did not know about that restaurant during my first stay and wouldn't you know it, the restaurant was closed on Tuesday nights (the night I stayed there this summer). It looks like a great place to eat. My only big gripe with the First Hotel is the shuttle service from the airport to the hotel is HORRIBLE! Both times I waited much too long for a 5 min shuttle ride.

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