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Latteria: Inexpensive and Comforting
We had our first friendly hot meal in Milan here on a cold, rainy day: big plates of fusilli Bolognese, for 4 euros each! The food was good, and with wine and one caffe, the total tab was 13.50. Amazing. The staff made us feel very welcome, and we were the only tourists in the place.
It was interesting to watch what is apparently a local custom - a kind of express coffee break. The coffee bar was just inside the door and only wide enough for two people to stand side by side (three people sideways). Local 20-somethings would breeze in, order a tiny cup of espresso, chat with the bartender while they downed it, and with a cheerful "Ciao!" they were off again. The whole routine took 10 minutes, tops.
We meant to go back again during our stay in Milan, but we ran out of time.
Latteria di San Marco: It doesn't look as a restaurant but it is
The ambience is at least 20 years old, with very strange pictures of roses hanging all over. No credit cards accepted, no reservations possible, only 28-30 seats and a very old fashioned local BUT everything is so fresh and genuine (the people running the restaurand also) that Latteria will not disappoint you at all. You can choose in a wide (but not too long) range of starters, pasta or second dishes. Desserts are all home made. There are no wines in bottles but you can find either white or red wines in the caraffe. The white one WAS ORRIBLE.
The ambience is very simple but (I was there for business) full of people from Milan and of tourist. The kitchen closes at 10 pm. AT 10.30 o'clock a very famous Italian TV star (a young, blond and beautiful lady) entered the restaurant and the owner told her that the kitchen was close!!!!! I could't hard believe it but I was very happy about it. Rules are the same for everyone.
Favorite Dish: On Oct. 8 I had a very nice vegetarian cous cous and a delicious mix of cheeses together with fresch tomatoes. They choose fruit and vegetables depending on the day of the week.
It closes on SAT and on SUN.
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La Latteria di San Marco: Silver Pans
There are only eight tables in the tiny room and they are so popular you’ll be lucky if you get any of them at all.
Cold rice with a blended tomato and basil sauce is the most famous of summer dishes. Try the insalata di puntarelle, a truly rare delicacy, or the mixed grains soup, or the little hamburgers with the lightest potato puree.
Favorite Dish: roast veal
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