Milan Report #1: Emilia e Carlo
Fred Plotkin I thank for the recommendation of Trattoria Emilia e Carlo, where I ate 03.ii.11. The website is www[dot]emiliaecarlo[dot]it . I should tell readers immediately that this is a restaurant specializing in Tuscan cuisine; it just happens to be in Milan.
I had a very nice supper here (“dinner” to you Yankees). The location is central Milan, on a side street near the Castello Sforzesco and the church of Santa Maria del Carmine. The website has a useful map. The photos on the website reflect well the actual appearance, though perhaps not the size, which is on the smaller, intimate size. A menu in English was available. I was greeting with a glass of sparkling wine as I studied the menu, and the service -- English speaking -- remained good throughout the meal.
1. For the small pre-appetizer, a tiny cup of Zucchini pureed soup with Caprino cheese. Small, tasty, and and a good introduction to what followed.
2. The appetizer: Tuscan raw ham with roasted bread with tomatoes, celery salt, and stuffed with artichokes. In Italian, Prosciutto toscano tagliato al coltello con pane abbrustolito al pomodoro, sale al sedano e cuori di carciofi. Just what an appetizer should be: very tasty, not too large, and preparation for what follows. Some diners may think that the salt is a bit heavy; it didn’t bother me. The tomatoes had pepper to the degree that I like it.
3. The Pasta: Paccheri from Gragnano (Campania) with fresh Tuscan sausage (chopped fine) with spicy homemade olive oil. The sauce had parsley. A good sized serving. It was very spicy yet not overwhelming. It had more sausage than pasta. I was quite satisfied.
4. Yarrow Fillet of Cinta Senese with foie gras, and artichoke and Parmesan cheese in a sauce. This in Italian: Millefoglie di filetto di Cinta Senese con foie gras e carciofi e salsa al parmigiano. In the positive sense of the word, I’d call this “unique”. The foie gras was cut into small pieces, added to thick slices of the Cinta. The artichoke and Parmesan sauce helped make this a wonderful dish.
5. Washed down with Montifiore d’Alba Pianpolvere 2000 Barolo wine.
6. very good chocolate parfait
7 finished with the restaurant’s excellent recommendation for a grappa: Sibona la Grappa di Barolo.
I ate well here and can recommend this restaurant. My bill, over half of which was for the expensive wine, was 200 Euro.
Emilia e Carlo
Via Giuseppe Sacchi, 8, Milan, Lombardia , IT