Everytime I'm looking for a restaurant to have dinner in Milan the trouble starts. Why? Because although it's Italy - and it's extremely difficult to have a bad meal in Italy - Milan is strange when it comes to dining. People here like fancy decorated restaurants, small but good-looking portions and (especially) high prices. Which are all things I hate, well, not the fancy decorated restaurant part. Anyhow, I prefer the simple trattoria with good, hearthy portions and fair prices, which is hard to find in Milan, the city of fashion and appearance. So when some friends asked us to join them at Kitchen, we didn't know what to expect.
Kitchen is a small and cozy restaurant in the southern part of Milan, near the metro stop of Abbiategrasso, with a good design, friendly service and interesting dishes. The chef is a young guy who has worked in the kitchens of famous restaurants in Italy and Europe and he proposes a changing menu with particular dishes, like the ones we tasted.
For starters we had the salad of pheasant tuna with pine seeds and potato and leek cream, very tasty, the pheasant tuna was special and the cream was the perfect pairing. Then we had the cappellacci filled with ricotta and nettle in a pheasant, olives and pine seeds sauce. The perfect complement to the starter, I was expecting better but the taste was a bit anonymous.
For main course we had the sliced bison, one of the day's specials. The meat was very tender and tasty.
Our friends had the restaurant's signature dishes: the pasta with pistacchio and tomato pesto and the skewers of chicken, wrapped in bacon and marinated in figs sauce, delicious.
As desserts we shared the cassata, a chocolate tart and a chocolate mousse with pear. Good but not out-of-this-world.
Our opinion: the food was good; good quality ingredients paired perfectly but portions could be bigger; if you're hungry don't expect to come here and order only one or 2 dishes - we shared a starter, a pasta, a main course and had 2 desserts and were not super full. The cost (including a bottle of wine) was of about 30 euro per person, average-low for Milan. The place is small, cozy and perfect for a date or a casual dinner with friends.
Via Neera, 40 - MilanTel. +39 02 84895749
They are members of the celiac association so they propose many of their dishes in a gluten-free version.