At the beginning of Via Paolo Sarpi, a small shop specializing in bubble tea has recently opened, which perennially boasts a very long line of young customers. The emblem above the door shows the head of a majestic deer and the brand name is The Alley.
Starting from Taichung (Taiwan), The Alley subsequently landed in Hong Kong opening the first store in Tsim Sha Tsui and then another in Mong Kok. In Asia it quickly became a real institution, then landing in the States and Europe where in Italy the first restaurant opened its doors, right in Milan.
What is the reason for such a great success? First of all, The Alley is famous for its homemade cane sugar syrup. Never cloying, the flavor is very different and pleasant compared to all the other syrups used to make bubble teas.
The same goes for tapioca pearls (boba, here called Deerioca), also fresh and made from scratch, whose consistency is surprising.
The final product is remarkable, I've never had such good bubble tea in the whole city! It's not just an instagrammable package (think of the futuristic Aurora Series), it's truly delicious.
Personally I love the dense, compact, creamy flavors that remind me of the consistency and taste of caramel pudding. For this reason I recommend the Brown sugar Deerioca crème brulee milk, so good that you will ask for a teaspoon to scrape the bottom.
I also particularly enjoyed the Matcha brown sugar Deerioca milk - you know how much I love matcha tea!
If you suffer from food intolerances, here you can choose between milk-free drinks, or with lactose-free milk or oat milk.
In my opinion, the quantities are honest (you can choose between size M or L) and the prices are in line with the other chains and clubs that offer the same product in Milan.