Upon our arrival at Osteria La Luna Piena in Milan, we knew we were in for a treat – the table has a bright red “Riservato” sign on it – so….it looked like we were regulars in Milano!
As we’ve said before, any time we travel to Milan, our friend, Giovanni, makes dinner plans for us. Our job is to simply show up and enjoy. And enjoy we do….here’s a glimpse of the fun and laughter we shared with Giovanni and his buddies (Rafaele, Marco, and Simona) in November. (Don’t even ask what we are doing….!)
First a little history of the Osteria: Peppino and his family are from Puglia, so the food is their take on Pugliese-Milanese. That means he and his family (his daughter was helping with our table while Mom was in the kitchen cooking) serve you their own version of homemade goodness, with a Milanese twist.
Along the way, you learn a bit about the food through Peppino’s sense of humor and presentation. Mind you, he is indeed quite the showman.
We learn from Simona and Rafaele that they have been loyal patrons for quite a number of years. When the Osteria moved from a former location, they simply followed along for the (fun) ride and keep on enjoying the food and laughter.
Come on and join us for dinner.
Starting (of course) with selecting a red and a white wine, we proceeded directly to the antipasti.
First up: Fava beans topped with chicory stems, with oil and herbs. Delish!
Next up: Burrata (super creamy type of mozzarella) with “pomodori secchi” and herb oil. Talk about crazy goodness on a plate! It’s all we can do to not lick the plates completely clean.
For the main course: Orecchiette made from semolina flour – one with sheep’s milk pecorino in a spicy tomato sauce and a special “funghi” from the Puglia area.
The other Orecchiette is covered with “cime di rapa”. Yeah, baby! Now we’re talking dinner!
Now don’t despair…dessert is coming soon. Consisting of two super thin wafers, chocolate, and a nut on top, the presentation could not have been more regal. Made us all want to purchase these cute little “crown” dishes for our next party.
But wait! There’s more!
Strawberry sorbet for those who might still be hungry. Fresh, cool, and the perfect ending to our perfect meal. Don’t miss out on an interesting, entertaining dining experience next time you visit Milan.