WORD OF MOUTH AND BIG ELEPHANT EARS
Located in Corso Garibaldi, one of the cutest walking streets in Milan, Grand’Italia is a “pet friendly” spot we do suggest if you want to “sniff” Milan as it was a couple of decades ago. One simple rule: don’t judge it too quicky. From the outside it actually looks quite anonymous, a simple unfashionable “trattoria” (tavern) like many others in town. No web site, no Facebook, no advertising, a few comments on Trip Advisor, Grand’Italia is a real champ of the “old school” as its communication is totally based on word of mouth, a great position (a few steps away from the picturesque Brera District) and authentic local cuisine. If you are not not looking for a “glamorous spot” then… if you are not dating the girl of your life, but you just want to taste some typical Milanese food like risotto, cotololetta, the mithological “orecchia di elefante (a huge cutlet aka “elephant ear”) then you are in the right place. Apart from the menu “à la carte”, we suggest “menu del giorno” (the daily specials) that is handwritten on a vintage board, with a rich choice of rice, pasta, meet, fish, veggies (salad for the “good”, pizza for the “bad guys”).
The interior design is a kind of liberty style (some “experts” say it’s more like a Parisian bistrot), with Vietri tiles on walls and tables, mosaic lamps, big mirrors, brasses, for a cozy, friendly and authentic experience. The service is more than acceptable and prices are reasonable.
During the summer we do love sitting outside in the “micro” dehor, relax with a glass of wine or an artisanal beer, swith off our brain and do some serious “people watching”. A perfect place when returning from the park, with no “look” restrictions (including havaianas…) but just one basic rule: “be yourself” … for a better “6-legged” world.
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