Milan is a city that offers anything you wish as far as restaurants are concerned: therefore, if you want to eat a dish of pisarei or gnocco fritto, you do not have to go to Piacenza, but just choose among the numerous piacentini and emiliani restaurants in Milan, sit at a table with a view of the Madonnina and enjoy a taste tour.
1. There is an abundant choice: Pane al Pane Vino al Vino, in via Alessandro Tadino, 48, family run in a simple but very comfortable environment,is a real trattoria piacentina. A choice of gnocco fritto, cold cuts and cheese, fresh pasta, wine and home made desserts. The menu is rich and based on fresh genuine products. It is best to reserve tel. 02/2046300.Info panealpanevinoalvino.it
2. Piero e Pia, 119 reviews in Trip Advisor, 4 star rating, is located in Piazza Domenico Aspari 2, and has a very rich wine list and products from all Italy. The menu includes the typical piacentini specialties: pisarei e fasò, ravioli filled with meat and black truffles, tortelli with ricotta and spinach served with butter and sage, piacentina tripe with Spanish beans and many other tasty dishes, including cold cuts. The owner, Piero Sagresti, a DOC piacentino, opened the restaurant in 1969 with his companion Pia. The restaurant is open from 12.30 to 14.30 and from 19.30 to 22.30 from Monday to Saturday Info www.pieroepia.com Tel. 02/718541. It is possible to make reservations on-line.
3. Pane e Salame wine bar is in Via Vincenzo Monti: the average price is between 20 and 40 Euro to taste a good quality wine, genuine cold cuts, gnocco fritto and burtleina ( typical hand made pasta). Second courses include all kinds of meat, stewed and roasted; home made desserts are highly recommended, including “buslan” a typical piacentina recipe. The atmosphere is cheerful, and reminds one of the classical emiliana trattoria: the Trip Advisor rating is “Excellent”.
4. The ancient osteria Il Giardinetto in via Tortona 17 offers, as stated in the presentation, “two generations of traditional genuine flavors of the Piacentina and Ambrosana cuisine. Daily selections of meat, fish and vegetables” The restaurant seats a total of 80 divided in a large dining room for 40, a smaller room for 20, and a veranda for 20 ideal for private business meals. The restaurant was founded in 1949 and the walls are lined with wood and mirrors. Tel. 02/8393720 Cell phone: 346/9851761. Closed Saturday at lunch and Sunday. Private parking. The Roffi brothers have managed the restaurant since 1970. Typical dishes include “pisarei e fasò, trevisana ravioli, risotto Milanese with bone marrow, “picula ad caval”, zabaione with “buslan” and the very sought-after “turtei cun la cua” tortelli with spinach and butter. info: www.osteriailgiardinetto.it
5. In the Cimiano area, east Milan, Trattoria Famiglia Conconi ( Via Derna, 26): a small restaurants on two levels, family run where the simple flavors of the Emiliana tradition can be found, from the gnocco fritto and Culatello di Zibello. Piadina romagnola with Culaccia is a must. Typical emiliani cold cuts and cheese are fantastic as well as home made pasta. The chef recommends Cioccolatissima with apples or the Sassuolo rice and almond tart for dessert. The restaurant is very beautiful, old fashion with magnificent wrought iron chandeliers. Over 700 reviews in Trip Advisor give it a “ very good “ rating
6. Very close to Milan, precisely in Peschiera Borromeo, there is a piacentino restaurant which
is a real gem for lovers of emiliana cuisine: in Via XXV Aprile 17 l’Hostaria Il Castelletto where the most important dish on the menu is gnocco fritto with tigelle and crescentine. The rustic furnishings give the sensation of being in a real old osteria emiliana.
7. Back to Milan, in Via Pasquale Paoli 2, L’osteria del gnocco fritto is a must: the most important dish of the emilia cuisine is brought directly to the table without having to order, in a wicker basket: 25 different types of cold cuts, ( 7 different types of prosciutto crudo with different agings ) and 20 different types of cheese are the basis for excellent tasty combinations. Special mention for a particular dish: home made tagliatelle with a duck sauce
8. 8. If you want a different type of emiliana cuisine, try l’Osteria Spq, a brasserie with Traditional cuisine and gnocco fritto. In June 2007, chef Simone Bormolini, gives life to the Idea of preserving the ancient culinary traditions along with genuine ingredients.The cozy atmosphere,( with photos hanging from laundry strings), is perfect for birthday parties or Informal business reunions. The osteria is in Via Ripamonti 212,
9. Parma & Co: the name says it all. It appears to be a parmigiana delicatessen, but in fact You will find a place with a kitchen where last minute cooked dishes can be bought. A de-Licatessen with tables and stools, where an emiliano Sunday buffet brunch is served. Every evening (from 18.30 to 20.30) an aperitif with tasty house specialties is served and a glass of wine for 10/12 Euro. There is a choice of culatello di Zibello, prosciutto crudo, culaccia, salame di Felino, Parmigiano Reggiano, and obviously gnocco fritto (torta fritta). Located in Via Tessa 2 (on the corner with via Garibaldi).
10. If you are looking for a rustic, pleasant, different restaurant , then you are looking for Cantina Della Vetra: two floors with a lovely balcony where you will find rustic tables covered with red and white checkered tablecloths, walls that look like they have been “abandoned” but are actually cared for in detail to give the restaurant its “old Milano” look. On the menu you will find cold cuts and gnocco fritto, meat and fish. A must is risotto with Pinot nero and blueberries, or paccheri with bufala cheese , tomatoes and olives or risotto with squash and hazelnut crumble. The view of San Lorenzo is priceless. Cantina della Vetra is in Via Pio IV, 3
11. Il Tigella’s is in Via Anfiteatro, 6: open until 23.30 to feed latecomers but closed Saturday and Sunday at lunch. Prices 20/25 Euro drinks not included. A spacious restaurant, perfect for an evening with friends; two floors seat a total of 130. The philosophy is simple: amusement, good company, good cuisine. Children are welcome and will find a 6,50 Euro menu created especially for them. Gnocco fritto and tigelle. Sauces are served in original carton cups like ice cream.
12. In Viale Corsica 38 a twin restaurant: Tigella’s Corsica, same menu.
13. La trattoria Al Capolinea a people’s place that calls to mind Giorgio Vanni’s jazz club. The cuisine includes dishes from Lombardy but also from Emilia such as gnocco fritto, cold cuts and pasta. Portions are super abundant. Al Capolinea is in Via Elia Lombardini 1
14. Da Nonna Emilia a modern trattoria in Via Monte Bianco 33 in San Donato Milanese. A welcoming informal place with red walls and soft lighting. The menu offers dishes from Emilia, Romagna and Lombardia in a tasty captivating mix. The lengthy wine list is divided in two categories: wines coming from the via Emilia area: wines from the rest of Italy.
15. La Salsamenteria di Parma is in Via San Pietro all’Orto 9 in Milan: a more modern version of an osteria, which keeps old traditions alive like drinking wine from a bowl. Prosciutto hanging from walls, interesting wines, give an idea of the spirit of the place: cold cuts and typical dishes from Emilia are served with emphasis on quality and courtesy. Ideal for a dinner with friends
16 e 17. Ristoranti Dolce Emilia: Two restaurants Dolce Emilia to choose from: one in Milan in Via Savona 59, and one in Vizzolo Predabissi in Via Melegnano 17. Both are informal, welcoming and based on specialties of Emilia. The owners are from Milan but have adopted Piacenza and love to serve the famous coppa piacentina, pisarei & fasò, tortelli with ricotta and spinach and grilled meat.
18. Il Pavarotti Milano Restaurant Museum in Milano is a very chic place: it is on the fourth floor of Piazza Duomo 21, next to the Duomo, both a restaurant and museum of the great tenor. A meal here means remembering the phases of the life of this Maestro. Elegant, refined, the perfect place to celebrate an important anniversary with typical Emiliani dishes such as tagliatelle al ragu, passatelli, rabbit alla cacciatore and meat balls with Lambrusco and Sangiovese
19. Ristorante Da Giordano il Bolognese is in Corso Genova 3. Typical Emilia atmosphere: the wood panelled walls are covered with copper adornments and paintings of landscapes. The menu offers tagliatelle, tortellini, lasagne, passatelli, home made pasta, grilled meat, mixed fried meat all’Emiliana, and some meneghina specialties with Sangiovese, Lambrusco and Trebbiano.
20. Ristorante Certe Notti in Via Pestolazzi 16 in Milano, offers a warm easygoing atmosphere; the menu has many Emiliane specialties like cold cuts and cheese served with gnocco fritto and seasonal marmelades. Gormandizers can taste squash tortelli, filet in red wine sauce and the delicious home made desserts
21. Ristorante Quore italiano is in the heart of Milano in Galleria De Cristoforis,1. The menu offers specialties from Emilia such as home made tortellini filled with porcini mushrooms, pizza, rosemary schiacciata, bruschette, and traditional roast prosciutto. The restaurant offers entertainment for cheerful evenings.
22. Taglieri e bicchieri Via Anfiteatro 4 in Milano is an elegant and suggestive restaurant. An old cellar wisely refurbished where it is possible to taste excellent quality cold cuts and cheese divided on the basis of their region of origin accompanied with quality wines, and the ever popular piacentini cold cuts. Facebook Page
23. The Bio restaurant Corte Regina in Viale Monza is relaxed and charming with a lovely terrace and strictly “bio”: the three female owners “cheerful hostesses” as they liked to be defined, prepare gnocco fritto with cold cuts, home made ravioli or tortelli with leeks ,beef filet with mustard, cacciatore chicken and a variety of cheeses. A rich variety of home made, bio, tasty, healthy desserts
24. Ristorante Moscova 7 in Milan, opened in 1999. Bar, aperitif, self service during week days: Emiliani dishes are the basis of the cuisine with lasagne, tortellini. Roberto, his wife Katia, and the entire staff make you feel at home