mercoledì 1 giugno 2011

best of Milan

My time in Milan is coming to an end. I think I'm ready.
I mean, not packed yet and maybe not cosciente of the change that's coming my way, but maybe a sliver of readiness c'è, hopefully?
So in honor of abandoning la Madunina, I've decided to make a best of list. Many months of exploration and death-risking and coffee-drinking went into making this list, so treasure it.

  • Best Sicilian gelato, granita and cannoli: La Gelateria dell'Isola, Piazzale Lagosta. Chat with Sicilian father&son while you slurp up some delicious granita. My current favorite is lemon and gelsi. Honorable mention: Gelateria Garibaldi, Corso Garibaldi.
  • Snootiest gelateria: Cioccolati Italiani, behind the Duomo across from Luini. Almost unbearably snob atmosphere, but they put melted white or dark chocolate in your cone.
  • Best ridiculously cheap restaurant: Il Toscano, Via Raffaello Sanzio. First and second courses for 10 euros. You have to be a bit careful what you pick, but you can't go wrong with the spaghetti cacio e pepe or with walnut sauce.
  • Most delicious choose-your-own pasta combination while reading the menu full of Italian poetry: Osteria dei Poeti, Corso Garibaldi.
  • Best pizza napolitana: Biagio, Via Vincenzo Monti. It's not that pizza we had in Puglia, but it's pretty good.
  • Restaurant with the best quality/price ratio: Osteria dei Vecchi Sapori, Isola. It has pear ravioli!
  • Best place to go when you want something fresh and fast and you're sick of Italian food: Mythos Ghireria, Via Quadrio near Via Farini. I literally go here every week: I am addicted to their pita vegetariana with feta, greens, tomatoes, peppers, onions, tzaziki, and fairy dust.
  • Most communist aperativo: Frida, Via Pollaiuolo.
  • Best place to get a drink and hear jazz (Thursday nights): Nordest Cafè, Via Borsieri.
  • Fanciest aperativo: La Hora Feliz, AKA Hemingway. Good for carnivores because they sneak meat into all the dishes.
  • Best Falafel Kebab: the one in Via Borsieri. They make the pita and fry the falafel to order. Yurm.
  • Favorite place to get a coffee and do something productive for hours: Nordest Caffè or, on Mondays, Bar Magenta, Via Magenta.
Non-food related best ofs to follow...

2 commenti:

  1. This is amazing! I leave for Milan in just a few days! Do you have any "must see" Milan items for tourists?

  2. Hey! If you're still in Milan, a beautiful day calls for a trip to the roof of the Duomo--it's a pretty unique experience to walk on top of a 600 year old cathedral. Another good one is Da Vinci's Cenacolo/Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie, worth the hype, sometimes hard to get an appointment. Neighborhoods you should hang out in would be Brera (la Pinoteca di Brera is lovely if you need a museum fix), i Navigli, Montenapoleone e il Quadrilatero d'Oro if you want to window shop fancy designers, and my former home and favorite, Isola (especially if you want to get away from tourists). Whew. Anyways, Milan isn't a typical touristy city, but there are some neat things to be found. If you have a day free, try to head up to the Lake Country (Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como), which is beautiful. Hope I caught you in time!