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Restaurant : Al Garghet
Menu : Italian (pasta, gnocchetti, cotoletta)
Opening Time : Tuesday-Sunday 7:30pm-11pm
Address : Via Selvanesco 36, Milano, Italy
GPS : 45° 25′ 5.90″ N 9° 11′ 23.30″ E


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Al Garghet
Via Selvanesco 36
20142 Milano, Italy


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A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to have dinner at one of interesting restaurant in Milan, Italy. The particular character about this place is most of the dishes are originally based on Milanese traditional menu; such as Risotto alla Milanese, Cotoletta alla Milanese, etc. My husband and I had an anniversary coming, so we decided to go to that place and we were not disappointed.
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One thing I have to mention is about the location. It is a bit outside the city. You may need a car to go there. I do not see any public transportation nearby. It was not a problem for us as we went by car. We made a reservation a few days before and were told that we had to arrive at 7:45pm, because it was all booked later on that evening.
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The restaurant looked like a little house in a country side, decorated with tons of lights… it was difficult to miss.

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Inside it was decorated with plaid table clothes… red theme with yellow lights… I saw lamps at every corner.

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In front of the rest room, there is a vanity table with little chairs and couch. I thought that was cute!

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Most of the photographs I took them with my iPhone. They looked a little blurry, due to low light. (Who would want to bring a camera inside the restaurant, right? or maybe some of you may want to…haha). Our first courses were gnocchi and risotto saltato.

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“Gnocchi Di Patate Con Ragu Di Cinghiale” was my choice of first dish. It was pasta gnocchi (flour and potatoes) with wild pork sauce. I was very pleased with the taste and presentation. The sauce contained little cubes of wild pork…soft and ready to melt to your mouth. The pasta was exquisite… I could tell, it was definitely a homemade one. When I pointed at the menu, the waitress smiled and told it was a very good choice.
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“Tortino croccante di riso con zafferano e salsiccia” was for my husband. It was risotto cooked with saffron and later formed into flat circle shape, then fried in the pan. It was served with sauce that made from sausage “salsiccia” (cured pork with herbs and spices). He loved it and it gave me an idea to make it at home sometimes.

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Secondo (second course).
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“Agnello al forno con le patate” (baked lambchop with potatoes, served with grilled artichoke)
This one was on the recommended menu of the day. I chose it because I wanted to try. Even though I am not a big fan of lamb meat but this time I couldn’t resist… again, it was not disappointing at all… the taste was delicious!
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Orecchia d’Elefante (fried veal cutlet… similar to Costoletta alla Milanese, or Cotoletta alla Milanese)
It was meant to be “huge”… I mean really huge! As you can see the meat expanded out of the plate… I guessed that was traditional way to serve it… as the meaning of “Orecchia d’Elefante”, which is Ear of Elephant. It was alright… my husband would not say it was excellent… it is just acceptable good, as many other Milanese restaurants should do.
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Dolce (Dessert)
I had a chocolate cupcake with vanilla cream, served with sweeten pear and red currants. This had a little twist because the cupcake had a bit of spice in it… (it said in the menu that it contained ground pepperoncino or Italian red pepper). I loved it, I thought that was very cool… never had it before and it was surprised pair for me (chocolate with red pepper).
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My husband had “Orange Sorbet”… it was good… just good… he enjoyed it.
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I do not normally do food review of restaurant review often. But this time, I felt like I had to write some information down…just in case, someone was searching for a traditional Milanese restaurant. It was quite special place… the service was great. We did not have any problem at all and we got everything we ordered in a proper timing. The price was a bit higher than normal restaurant… not too high… I think it is around 20% more than others, which is acceptable for us.
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Kudo to the chef! They did an excellent job with food, taste and presentation. I just think this will be another option if you want to have a great dinner in Milan, Italy.
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