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“Perhaps the best in all of Monza to cosy up in”
Review of Parliamo di The

Parliamo di The
Ranked #1 of 8 Shopping in Monza
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

▪ ENGLISH:
As specified within the title, thanks to Parliamo di Thè, I may have found the best place in all of Monza to cosy up, get shelter from the cold and relax, alone or in company, while sipping on one of the many and likewise very interesting kinds of tea included in the menu. I am sure the place would keep its charm even in summer, with its tasting itineraries and other activities, but let's keep it real: nothing beats a warm cup of tea during the cold season.
During both of my visits, I picked black tea: for the first, I went for the "Hot Chili Chocolate" kind, a mix of pepper, chili pepper, Bourbon vanilla, milk and chocolate, while for the second I went for the "Joyeux Noel", flavoured with cinnamon, orange and apple. The tea is accompanied by a delicious butter cookie and served with sugar only, with no addition of any sort allowed (like lemon), in light of the personnel's philosophy that wishes for the visitor to be able to cherish the authentic taste of the tea, without altering it.
Another factor that makes the experience at Parliamo di Thè even more pleasant is the decor, which is meant to offer a moment of detachment from the frenzy of daily life, thanks to the dim lights and lively, although not excessively bright colours. Going upstairs, it almost doesn’t even feel like being in a tea room at all, rather in a friend's apartment... one with excellent taste! For those who decide to stay a little longer and get comfortable, the place has four different available rooms: a small corner just next to the staircase, which gives access to the remaining three. Among these, there is the Gyokuro room, designated to the Japanese tea ceremony, a service available by reservation, and therefore furnished with a minimalistic style.
Parliamo di Thè stands within a medium-priced range, and although many would have to argue that paying four euros (or even more) for a cup of tea is excessive, one must consider it is not simply the beverage itself they’re paying, but the experience as a whole. The personnel is welcoming enough, perhaps a little shy, since it’s made mostly of young individuals, but not because of this it is less friendly and polite. I value my (for now) two visits here (one with my family and the other on my own) very positively and I recommend to whomever might be in the area to stop here and see for themselves.

Short note for foreign visitors: the name of the shop literally translates to "Let's talk about you", but is actually a play on words on the similarity between the Italian words for "you" ("te") and "tea" ("thè" or "tè"), so it can also mean “Let’s talk about tea”.

▪ ITALIANO:
Come già specificato nel titolo, con Parliamo di Thè credo di aver scoperto il miglior luogo in tutta Monza dove mettersi comodi, ripararsi dal freddo e rilassarsi, da soli o in compagnia, assaporando uno dei tanti ed altrettanto interessanti tè che il locale offre. Sono sicura che esso riesca a mantenere il suo fascino, con le proposte di degustazione ed altre attività anche in estate, ma diciamocelo: nulla batte una tazza di tè caldo nella stagione fredda.
Durante entrambe le mie visite ho scelto dei tè neri aromatizzati: per la prima, il Hot Chili Chocolate, un mix di pepe, peperoncino, vaniglia Bourbon, latte e cioccolato, mentre per la seconda il Joyeux Noel, con cannella, arancia e mela. Il tè viene accompagnato da un delizioso biscottino al burro e viene servito solo con lo zucchero, senza la possibilità di fare aggiunte di alcun tipo (come il limone), in virtù della filosofia del locale di assaporare il tè, senza alterarne il gusto.
A rendere l'esperienza ulteriormente piacevole è l'arredo delle sale, pensato per regalare un momento di stacco dalla frenesia della vita quotidiana, con le luci soffuse ed i colori vivaci, ma non eccessivamente brillanti. Salendo al piano di sopra, sembra quasi di non trovarsi nemmeno in una sala da tè, bensì nell'appartamento di un amico... un amico con ottimi gusti! Per chi decide di fermarsi più a lungo e quindi di accomodarsi, il locale offre quattro spazi diversi: un piccolo angolino appena salite le scale, dal quale si ha l'accesso verso i rimanenti tre. Tra questi vi è anche la sala Gyokuro, adibita allo svolgimento della cerimonia del tè giapponese, che il locale offre su prenotazione, ed allestita di conseguenza con uno stile minimalista.
La fascia di prezzo è media, e sebbene a molti possa sembrare eccessivo pagare quattro euro o più per un tè, bisogna contare che non si paga solo la bevanda, ma proprio l'intera esperienza. Lo staff è accogliente, forse un po' timido, poiché molto giovane, ma non per questo meno cordiale. Valuto le mie, per ora, due visite (una in famiglia e l'altra da sola) a Parliamo di Thè molto positivamente e consiglio a chiunque si trovi in zona di fermarsi e provare.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

As a tea fanatic, I drive 40 km just to get a tea there! Their selection is really huge and great. Maybe you'll find it a bit expensive, but if you love high quality teas you know that 2 euros are only for Twinings-like teas :) They also have pastries and ice creams to enjoy your afternoon break. Sometimes they hold events like Japanese tea ceremonies , but unfortunately I was never able to join them. Check it out also if you wanna find a nice gift like cups, mugs, etc.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

What a nice place to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends, enjoying great cakes and cookies and drinking a wide selection of tea. The owner is nice and spends time explaining all varieties and the properties of all teas from from all over the world

Date of experience: May 2014
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