Friendliness, half portions and an “old Milan” atmosphere are the three highlights at Dinette, a restaurant in the Cinque Giornate area in Milan that brings back the traditions of the “ringhiera” homes of another era, giving people from Milan a place to take shelter at any time of day and rediscover the joy of sharing. We decided to try this restaurant for dinner, and here we are to tell you about our experience!
The originality of the menu at Dinette stems from the “half portions”, that recall how neighbours used to pass each other dishes over the ledge and that allowed one to try more dishes without having to convince (or oblige) others to share. All dishes on the menu are available in two sizes: half portions and regular ones.
To begin we decided to try two half portions: the spadellata di totanetti, crunchy chicory from the garden with lime-flavoured mayo and the fregola with muscles, clams and parsley.
Intrigued by the high quality ingredients and the particular ways of cooking, we decided to continue with two other classic dishes, this time in full portions: the meatballs in tomato sauce and the caponata of the season (every vegetable is cooked in a different aromatized water), with a cream of broccoli, hop plant vinaigrette and toasted hazelnuts.
At this point, we weren’t quite full and were tempted by the crunchy octopus with a pumpkin purée and burrata-stuffed artichokes on a topinambur cream that caught our attention, but we decided to trust the waiter who suggested we keep some space for the dessert buffet, which is entirely homemade. This decision turned out to be the best one: the pie with apricot marmalade was the perfect ending to this special dinner. Let’s not even mention the one with sour cherry and the chocolate torte without yeast and flour.
The cuisine at Dinette is homemade and varies by season and the availability of the ingredients, but is able to give an extra something to the dishes thanks to particular ways of preparing them and the innovative approaches. The option of being able to order a half portion is truly their winning card!
We’re on via Bronzetti, between piazza Risorgimento and piazza Cinque Giornate: you can get here by public transportation and walk the rest of the distance, or opt for the car, praying – as you must in Milan – that you’ll find parking! Important tip: the place is tiny, therefore don’t forget to reserve!
Wooden tables, warm and soft lights, exposed brick and a chimney in the center of the room welcome guests and will make you feel well taken care of. Dinette, like the classic old trattorias, is perfect for a gourmet breakfast, with a moka coffee and a piece of cake, for a quick lunch break (perhaps in the beautiful open space, now that the weather is heating up!), for either a romantic dinner or one with friends or for an aperitivo, with good wine and small bites.
For those of you who only go out on weekends, try out the “Sunday lunch”: a homemade brunch where you’ll forget about pancakes and scrambled eggs and enjoy traditional dishes like in the good old days.
For our dinner, during which we enjoyed two half portions, two regular dishes, a taste of the dessert buffet and two glasses of wine, we spent around 30 euros per person, a pretty fair price considering how good the food is and the kindness of the staff. For Sunday lunch, the price is fixed at either 35 euros for the full menu or 25 euros for an appetizer and a dish of your choice, drinks aside.
Via Fratelli Bronzetti, 11
+39 02 3657 4130 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Monday to Saturday, from 7:30am to 12:30am. Open Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Kelsey Rivett.