If, like me, you adore the platter formula and, especially, love cured meats and cheeses, the place you’ve got to try is Sapori Solari, a delicatessen with bistro in the Bande Nere area whose particularity is bringing unknown, fine and particular offerings to the table. Here, you won’t find your usual prosciutto or mozzarella from the supermarket. You’ll find something on a whole other level. We tried it for dinner and we really loved it – which confirms its high ranking on Tripadvisor – and proves to us that sometimes not being a snob actually pays off. Here’s a look at what we ate!
Key word: quality. The guys behind Sapori Solari travel throughout Italy on the search for small producers whose products would otherwise never make their way to Milan and they choose only the best and most particular ingredients. If you try out this restaurant at lunch, you can opt for a platter or if you’re short on time, you can go for one of the many sandwiches. In case you swing by on your way somewhere or are in a rush, all the meats can be purchased and brought home!
We went in the evening and opted for the tasting menu, which proposes 4 different platters interspersed with a few elaborate surprises. The experience consists of carpaccios, cold cuts, meats and, to finish, cheeses: some of their products are available at all times, but others vary on a weekly or monthly basis therefore if you go back again chances aren’t you won’t find exactly the same meats you had during your first visit.
The carpaccio platter, which came after the bruschetta with chianina tartare, was the bomb: there was the polpa di chianina marinata – likened to a young bresaola – the lonzino al Vin santo, the salmoned beef (lightly smoked with beech wood) and the goose breast bresaola smoked over a low heat. Everything was served alongside an exceptional cream of bufala from Campania.
We then continued with the platter of cold cuts: out came the prosciutto which had been aged 48 months, the capocollo with spices from Calabria, the Tuscan finocchiona, the lonzardo (the meat that most impressed us throughout the evening, an explosive mix of loin and lard) and the goose breast speck smoked with high heat. To finish, the culatello soaked in Amarone: a real delight, which we enjoyed with an artichoke salad and grana di bufala.
Now, onto the cooked meat chapter: they spoiled us with truffled mortadella (of the fifth quarter and with 5% truffle), the porcaloca (a mix from Friuli with 80% goose and 20% pork), the salame rosa with cubes of culatello and the prosciutto cotto di cervo. On the side came a goat’s ricotta with organic mandarine jam and a caponatina with eggplant and crostini.
At this point in the meal, we were already satisfied and full but couldn’t forgo the final chapter of the experience, the cheese tasting. We tried the argilla (a form of carp’s milk covered with clay for 180 days on wooden axes), a blu di bufala (with natural moulds and definitely more intense flavours), a goat taleggio and Tuscan pecorino aged for two years in natural caves (which was awarded the prize for the best pecorino in the world in 2013). Pears, a reduction of roasted red onions from Tropea and a cream of celeriac, potatoes and rosemary followed to smooth out the flavours of the cheeses.
We left the place happy and satisfied, with the promise that we’d soon be back for more!
We’re on via Anguissola, in front of the Bande Nere metro stop on the red line. It may initially seem like an area that’s really far from the center of Milan, but it really isn’t: thanks to a few metro stops you’ll be there within half an hour and you’ll also avoid the trouble of looking for parking!
Sapori Solari’s ambiance is quite simple but welcoming, with a small room for groups and a main room with tables and the counter with all the meats and cheeses on display. A special mention goes to the guys who run it, all super knowledgable and nice (each dish is introduced by them with enthusiasm).
The tasting menu costs 25 euros per person, including bread, water and sauce, whereas each single platter varies between 10 and 15 euros. A sandwich at lunch costs between 5 and 8 euros. We also enjoyed two glasses of Franciacorta wine each with our meals, and ended up spending 40 euros per person: a price that is quite high, but reasonable given the large quantities of the portions and the “special” ingredients. If you go only for an aperitivo, the bill will be lower but there is the risk that you will let yourself be seduced by the succulent offerings!
Via Anguissola 54, Milan
+39 02 36510020
Open everyday (12:30pm-3:00pm and 7:30pm–12:00am)
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version translated by Kelsey Rivett.