Cotoletta and potatoes, photo by paPisc. Cotoletta is an Italian word for veal breaded cutlet. Cotoletta comes from the Italian word: costoletta = “little rib”, because of the rib that remains attached to the meat.
Italian food in Milan
One of the highlights of traveling to Italy is naturally the Italian food. Milan in particular is a fashion and food capital of the world. With so many choices for good quality Italian food it can be hard to decide where to eat at times. Travelers are also frequently overwhelmed with how much there is to do in Milan or may only be in the city for a few days. The food here can also be very expensive and not for the budget conscious traveler. However, there must be an alternative to the ever ubiquitous McDonald’s? Time and budget constraints often prevent tourists from enjoying good Italian food, but that need not be the case in Milan.
Do not leave without visiting the Luini Milan Bakery. The panzerotti are made to order from dough that is a closely guarded family secret. What makes Luini panzerotti so great are the fresh, quality ingredients used and the care taken in making them. http://www.luini.it/eng/dove_siamo.html
Fried calzone also known as the panzerotti. This one is from from Apulia, a region of Italy in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea, this version comes with tomato, mozzarella, bacon and an olive. Photo by Calcagnile Floriano.
Milan is home to yet another Italian food innovation known as Ciao. Ciao is a fast Italian food restaurant that serves up fresh Italian food made on the spot with a friendly price tag. Unlike American fast food chains, Ciao serves quality Italian food. For those a little leery of anyplace claiming to have quality Italian food fast, let me point out that there is not set menu at Ciao. The menu changes daily in order to provide the freshest Italian food that is in season. Ciao serves all manner of hot Italian foods along with snacks, alcohol, and espresso. It’s a self service restaurant so you just fill up your plate and then pay at the register. With the low price tag Ciao also presents tourists with an opportunity to try different Italian foods without worrying about the money should you not like it.
Another great feature of Ciao that endears it to American tourists is the fact that it is open all day. Ciao is one of the only options for Italian food after lunch and before dinner. In Italy many of the Italian food establishments close between meals leaving only the American fast food imports open. If you’re a tourist and visiting Milan for the first time, then it can be hard to fit everything into your schedule and get meal times in when most of the restaurants are open. Plus, many people don’t want to spend the time it takes to eat at a typical Italian food restaurant, choosing to instead see the sites. It’s a real shame that people save up for vacations to Italy and end up eating at McDonald’s because of lack of time or money.
Many people don’t know a place like Ciao exists before they leave home so take this opportunity to plan it into your Italian vacation now. In fact, you won’t even have to stop looking at the sites while eating quality Italian food at Ciao. Be sure to check out the Ciao outlet at Piazza Duomo. Get your food and head over to the third floor of the Duomo Center and grab a table. The view from this vantage point is simply amazing and will provide a nice backdrop to your meal. Italian food doesn’t have to be expensive when in Milan and you don’t have to carve large blocks of time out of your vacation in order to experience fresh Italian food, just go to the nearest Ciao and soon you will be dining on quality Italian food in the heart of Milan.
Piazza Duomo with Milan Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world’s oldest shopping mall. Photo by Friedrichstrasse.