I am flying to Milan on Thursday night for a long, decadent weekend of food, art, and shopping. I have received many suggestions and, naturally, searched this site in full. Still, I have some questions for those "in the know"...
1) Seafood: Moon Fish, Il Consolare, Ostena da Fiore, Il Sambuco, or Ristorante Mediterranea?
2) What else has the "mom & pop" charm of Aimo e Nadia?
3) Anyone heard of Da Cesare? Ciovassino?
4) Gelato: Umberto; Marghera; any other musts?
Generally speaking, I am seeking homecooking that is off the beaten path and unlikely to be found in the average guidebook. Rustic, small, fun, hearty, simple and robust are adjectives that come to mind.
I am staying in the Navigli district. Although I will most likely pass my evenings in Navigli and Brera, I am not opposed to going out of my way for an exceptional experience, Also, I will be all over the city by day and have every intention to check out Brek, Peck, and anything else that anyone can come up with to help me make my days complete!
Also, while I am not particularly interested in "the scene" as much as I am passionate cooking, I would like to have at least one dinner that captures the cosmopolitan/fashion-forward climate of the city.
I know this a lot to ask and do not expect too many responses but any suggestions are welcome with very appreciative arms!