Located a bit on the outskirts of the more touristy Milan you will find Nuovo Macello. Not to worry though, the taxi ride isn’t expensive. This is the kind of restaurant which I love to find when traveling because it is a place where the locals are. I loved the atmosphere, it was sort of like peeking into Milanese lifestyle with the families gathered around la mamma to share a weekday dinner or friends celebrating a birthday. It’s the kind of place with a warm hearty feel to it that lets you perceive that it is part of many people’s lives and that gives us, the outsider, the tourist, the feel that you are upon an authentic restaurant and not just your typical spaghetti a la bolognese type of place. My husband ordered meat which was good but being the pasta lover that I am, when in Italy I always go with the pasta or the risotto; at Nuovo Macello I am happy to say I went with both!
Loved the tortellini
When planning a trip to Milan you immediately think of the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele or the fabulous shops, but thanks to a friend we discovered the area of Navigli which is located towards the southwest of the city near the canals. The area is vibrant, lined with bars and terraces overlooking the canals, decorated in that chic-hippy look that only the Italians can pull off so exquisitely and packed with people in a very laid-back mood having a good time while they enjoy the very Italian aperitif which consists of ordering a cocktail or drink and getting a snack or snacks for free. By the time you are on your second or third drink you are already full, which makes it a different and fun way to dine. Some places even have a buffet where you can chose exactly what you want to eat.
There is no doubt that no one makes ice-cream like the Italians and I have actually come to believe that it is hard to get bad ice-cream in Italy. My favourite spot in Milan is Le Tre Gazzelle, located at 22 Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, very close to the Duomo and the main shopping area. Now I am not saying that this is the best place in Milan but it is a place where I found the ice-cream to be creamy and tasty. By the way, if you are a tiramisu lover, the gelato was delicious. The fruit flavors are refreshing, ideal for those hot summer days.
During my recent trip to Milan, I discovered Obikà, Mozzarella Bar located on the top floor next to the very enticing gourmet area of the popular Rinascente department store (great place for shopping by the way) with stunning views of the Duomo. Never having heard of a mozzarella bar I was intrigued and then delighted. This very hip restaurant complete with terrace, sitting and bar areas offers a variety of high quality Mozzarellas di Buffala Campana D.O.P. (fresh Italian cheese hand made from the milk of water buffalos in Campania and Lazio, Italy) starting with Paestum which has a delicate taste, Pontina with a stronger taste, Affumicata which is naturally smoked and lastly Burrata which as we all know is heavenly creamy. Once you have decided on your choice of mozzarella then you can choose from a wide array of products such as sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, capers, greens, proscuitto, anchovies, salmon… to combine with the cheese. Besides the mozzarella dishes, there are also pizzas and other light dishes in case you go with someone who isn’t a mozzarella fan, but seriously, who isn’t?
gourmet shopping area
mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, basil and a pesto sauce
pizza with tomatoes and black olives
In case you aren’t going to make it to Milan this summer, Obikà Mozzarrella Bar has many other locations in Italy as well as around the globe in Tokyo, London, Istanbul, New York, Los Angeles or Toronto. Check out their webpage for more exact directions: http://www.obika.com