There are days when you are in the centre of Milan and you want to have a quick lunch break, a genuine and not too expensive one, but a lunch that doesn’t incude grabbing the usual sandwich. There are also days when you have just finished and endless work or shopping marathon and you need a place where having dinner feels just like home.
Few days ago I tried Vico Street, close to the Duomo, that has right away become one of my favourites in the centre, along with Mercato del Duomo. Vico Street also reminded me that Neapolitan food is one of the best regional cuisines in Italy.
The menu is short, based on seasonal specialties, with no frills and with an incredible attention to the ingredients: which is the simplest of recipes, but still sometimes so difficult, for offering successful dishes. Is there any better recommendation that a properly prepared dish of pasta? That is actually what I chose among the several options, that include simple dishes as the ‘cuoppo‘ (a mix of fried mozzarellas, potatoes, eggplant balls and rice arancini), salads, sandwiches and more elaborated ones such as ‘pasta al forno‘ (oven-baked pasta), potato gateau and meatballs with tomato sauce.
I just couldn’t resist some fresh ‘scialatielli’ with cherry tomatoes, basil and flakes of Parmisan. It often happens that you order a simple dish and you get disappointed by it. Well, it didn’t happen here: a perfectly flavourful and not heavy dish, perfect al dente pasta and it comes well-presented too.
My colleague ordered a big classic, ‘parmigiana di melanzane‘ served in a cocotte and, believe it or not, was everything but heavy.
Passed with full marks in this case too! Next time I would like to try the ‘cotoletta napoletana emigrata’ (emigrated Neapolitan cotoletta), veal meat breaded with grated Neapolitan taralli, served with arugula and cherry tomatoes…I am looking forward to it!
Although the location is super central, literally at a stone’s throw from the Duomo, if you don’t pass in front of Vico Street for some particular reason you might never discover it. From the Duomo go towards Piazza Fontana and, on the way to via Larga, turn right in this tiny street, Via delle Ore, calm and hidden from the noise of the centre.
Familiar environment, kind and quick service, cute mezzanine floor. And, a little bit everywhere, a mix of a French style and Neapolitan references. The restaurant is perfect for a nice lunch break or for a dinner with friends or your boyfriend, since Vico Street has recently extended the opening hours to the evenings on Thursdays and Fridays.
For a first or second course (with generous portions) you will spend from 10 to 13 euros, a very affordable price if you take into consideration the abundance and the successful combinations of the dishes. So are you going to try it?
Via delle Ore 2, Milan
+39 02 87234622
Open every day (12-15 and Thu-Fri also 19:30-22:30) except on Sunday.
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.