You require at least two of the three following things in order to enjoy Al Garghet. First of all a good navigation system because the restaurant is located in the countryside outside Milan, where there is still grass growing. Second, you need to love traditional Milanese food. Third, and not mandatory of course, you should understand the Milanese dialect because that’s the language of the menu. If you meet at least the first two requirements you should give it a try: Lombard regional food and a nice atmophere will make feel more than welcome!
Food follows local Lombard traditions here. There is everything that has made the history of Milan’s region: mondeghili (meatballs), risottos, cassoeula (pork meat and cabbage) and cotoletta (breaded pork cutlet).
We were in doubt whether we should have started off with some gnocco fritto with a mix of cold cuts, but we opted for battered and fried courgette flowers: delicious, crunchy, fried without being too greasy and filled with mozzarella and anchovies.
We tried the ‘risottin saltà cont la Luganega’, sautéed risotto with zaffron and sausage, served with melted cheese. I am quite picky when it comes to risottos and I must say that this one gets full grades from every point of view.
One can’t go to Al Garghet without trying one of their most famous dishes: cotoletta alla milanese, a gigantic breaded pork meat cutlet served with cherry tomatoes.
I was expecting more, but it is my mom’s fault because she raised me with high standards of an amazing cutlet. The one at Al Garghet is slightly too dry in my opinion. Nevertheless we finished it because we don’t like leftovers!
We are practically in Gratosoglio, well past the green metro stop Abbiategrasso, on the South of Milan. I discourage taking public transport to get there and I suggest taking the car: the restaurant is in the countryside and, at least, there is parking for everybody!
The house where Al Garghet is located had been occupied by the Spanish centuries ago and it had been used first as the headquarter of the gendarmerie and then as the residence of the ‘campè’, the man who was in charge of keepin the rice fields under surveillance. The atmosphere is now more romantic and bucolic: the pianist plays the piano the whole evening, dim lights, candles and overall a very cozy ambience. On the other side service is a little of brusque manners.
Considering the fact that we are in the middle of nowhere and that the food is quite ‘domestic’, the bill is maybe too high: for what I have described above, with a bottle of red wine, we spent a little less than 50 euros per head. The atmosphere could be the reason of the higher prices: after all you don’t have lunch or dinner in the countryside everyday if you are in Milan. I would like to come back again in summer, when you can have a table outdoors on the veranda!
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Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Tamara Ilic.