Spent the last week in Milan. Foremost objective was not food (gasp!) but clothing. Everyone in Milan is dressed really well. People who wear comfortable clothing (jeans, sweat pants, etc.) are clearly foreigners. Great colors. The cars were colorful, and everywhere you look, amazing designs, from the Cathedral Duomo to any interior design store...amazing designs.
Let's get to the meat of the story. I was ready to venture to all of the places mentioned on the International Board, until my mother's purse was slashed. Luckily, the slasher did not get to the inner lining of the handbag so s/he did not take anything. But this incident led us to huddle very closesly to our hotel (very close to Duomo) and not venture far.
I went by Peck's at around 5 in the afternoon and Via Spadari was quite empty. We walked around until we found a place called Trattoria Milanese, which was an obvious tourist trap but still, I could not find anything bad about the food. I had risotto and cutlet, my mom had the ravioli with spinach/ricotta and the osso bucco. The osso bucco was a bit small, but otherwise fine. The best part was (a) the wine, I think it was "Inferno" for 26,000 lira and (b) the entire bill...including desert came out to about 150,000 lira ($75) total.
The other memorable meal was in the restaurant of the hotel we stayed in, the Dei Cavalieri at the Piazza Missori. I had dried shredded horse with salad, risotto with mushrooms and then young suckling prok medallions in an awesome sauce. Desert was a chocolate cake...way way underdone but good because of the gooey chocolate. Four courses with a bottle of wine for a total of around $110.
If anyone needs addresses, let me know. There is an excellent guide published by Dolring Kindersley called "Milan & the Lakes". I saw so many people carry it that I bought a copy at a book store in the Galleria.
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