Living and working in Milan does not permit me to go eat at the 23 Risotti or buy my cheese at Peck every day. Those places are delicious, but don't really fall under Chowhound fare as I understand it. But I'll throw in a mention of l'Assassino for their Fritto Misto di Pesce.
1. Any hounds out there who live and work in this city and know some good affordable places for lunch? I don't care about appearance, just the chow. And I'm more interested in places not in the center/tourist zone. Prime example: Bar Maffucci in via Maffucci which is way off the tourist map in an almost dangerous area near Piazza Nigra just outside of Viale Jenner. Silvio, the Sardinian owner, has a different menu every day, and really cares about the food. He's always got something from back home hidden away for the regulars, like a Pecorino Sardo, a soft cheese, which he'll excavate from a large form with a spoon onto your plate, or some homemade Mirto to settle your stomach for the afternoon. If you want to be friends with him, just bring something homemade and tasty (not on your first visit, though!) and you'll win his heart. The point here is that in this neighbourhood, its the best place for everyday eats. I'm looking for these kind of tips. I'm especially interested in something near Piazzale Libia (vie Bergamo, Comelico), but any good tip will do.
2. Chinese. Why is it so hard to find good chinese in this city? So many restaurants, so much food poisoning. Any of you hounds know of a place that is as good or better than Jubin in via Paolo Sarpi (corner of Bramante)? By the way, Jubin is serving a dish of stirfried mini fava beans (they look and taste like favas) with chili sauce these days which is just perfect as a side to the five spice beef. I was expecting stringbeans when I read 'spicy green beans' but was pleasantly surprised with the literal plate. Has anyone eaten at China Club at Rosmini and Giusti?