This joint is just opposite the Ramada Plaza Hotel (Via Stamira D'Ancona, 27) in Milan. I ate here almost everyday during my stay and always enjoyed it. The first time I went there I was skeptical since the staff (and presumably the chef - never bothered to ask) were Egyptians but it was close to midnight and I needed something to eat so I went in any way. I later learned
from some Milanese I met in Venice that it's very rare to see Italians in most "everyday" restaurants because the immigrants cook just as well once they've live in Italy long enough to understand the nitty gritty of Italian cuisine, are okay with late-night shifts, and may be a bit cheaper when it comes to salaries.
I've tried the Pizzas which are pretty good although I'd like less fluffy base/crust and a bit more salt. Many people seem to delight in the pizzas here which are typically around $7.50 to $8.50. They offer a 2-course menu (antipasti like pasta, gnocchi or risotto; and a primi piatti or first "main" course of meat + a side of either salad or zucchini) for approx. $12 at lunch time. Enjoyed their set lunch menu whenever I tried it - Fusili pomodoro with zucchini, salsicia + salad; Risotto (onion I think) + grilled chicken breast etc. Excellent value for money.
I also happened to try their beef entrecote in mushroom cream sauce which, albeit heavy, tasted quite good @ $18; the "Zuppa Di Cozze" (mussels in tomato sauce basically) and "Risotto Frutti Di Mare" (Seafood Risotto) - costing $9 and $12 respectively - were also nice.
In addition to the food, you'd probably order something to do drink and I always went with a quart ("quarto" - about 2 glasses) of the house red wine which is about $6.
The ambience is simple - it is an everyday type of restaurant - and it is a markedly Catholic touch (lots of pictures of Mary, Jesus around) which adds a nice feel to the place i.e. a little more "old school Italy". The clientele are a mixed bunch but mostly people working or living in the neighborhood and it gets very busy around lunch, and peak hours in the evening / weekends. Yes, all people in there looked like local Italians so the food must be pretty good by Italian standards too.
Service for things other than pizza is a bit slow but the staff are very friendly people so don't be surprised if they offer you something for free every now and then if you show up often enough or leave a good tip. Note: Except for one female member of staff the others speak very little English.
Lovely little place. Glad a found it. Great value for money. Recommended.
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