Potafiori, a restaurant-flower shop in the Bocconi area, has been waiting on our wishlist for a long time. We finally tried it and here is how the dinner went!
The menu at Potafiori is like a poem: the not-so-long but well arranged list presents every dish with a spectacular phrase. Some examples? ” The monkfish is ‘the catchy and slightly tricky monkfish‘ (It.:La rana pescatrice accalappiatrice e un po’ abbindolatrice) or ‘Our roots and their benefits‘ (It.:Le nostre radici e i loro benefici); but we’ll stop here because we are here to tell you about food and our experience! After a deliscious entrée with savoury biscuit and ricotta and basil, we began the dinner with the starters: we tried the ‘Polenta as we like it” (It.:Polenta che piace a noi) – crispy, delicate and well combined with the vegetable creams -, the pumpkin flan and Roman Pecorino – of which we enjoyed the lightness and sweetness – and the smoked sardine, served with bread, salted butter and anchovies, with a strong but balanced flavour.
Among the first courses, we tried the delicious Nonna Ida’s casoncelli, an amazing sweet potato soup with thyme croutons, cherry tomatoes and smoked water (which gives a light but flavoured smoked effect to the dish) and the Sardinian gnocchetti, with citrus fruit burrata and mullet roe, of which we loved the contrasting but still balanced flavours. As for the second courses we decided to try the monkfish with Brussel sprouts and laurel and shallot purée: an excellent dish!
Since we were not on a diet, we indulged in some desserts: panna cotta with lime, mango and green apple and the marvellous (please, try it!) white chocolate creamy dessert with vanilla short bread and tangerine jelly.
Generally speaking, we really liked food at Potafiori. The well-presented dishes were all delicious and with abundant portions. The only flaw: the bread sticks were oversalted and bread was a little bit stale.
Potafiori is not only a restaurant, but it is also a flower shop, and in fact you can dine here (or have lunch or breakfast) among trees, flowers and green settings. The environment is elegant and comfortable, perfect for both a couple dinner or for a girlfriends meetup.
Potafiori is located in via Salasco 7, in the Bocconi area and behind Porta Romana. The place is extremely easy to reach by both public transport (trams 9 or 10, V.le Bligny stop) and by car, and you shouldn’t have parking problems in the evening!
You will spend around 40 euros for a complete dinner at Potafiori, the price will get steeper if you add a bottle of wine. In our opinion, the price is justified by the quality of the dishes and the chic environment, although we found the 5€ ‘coperto’ charge to be way to high (considering we didn’t even receive a basket with fresh bread!).
We will certainly visit Potafiori again, and you? Are you going to give it a try?
Via Salasco 17, Milan
Open everyday (9-00), on Sundays from 5pm
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version translated by Tamara Ilic.