Yummy for my tummy – maybe not for my wallet – but worth it! ( We spent €83 which compared to New York City or even Princeton, NJ isn’t so bad – and remember in Italy you don’t tip.)
For the past couple of years we have landed in Milan and enjoyed 3 days of the urban experience before heading for the hills of Campania. Why? So that I can walk city streets, smell city air and taste the food of great restaurants that are a subway ride or few block walk away from where we are staying. This trip we are staying at a sweet albergo – 3 stars – Il Girasole – just a few metropolitan stops away from Milan’s historic center. That means we get to try neighborhood – not tourist – restaurants.
Our hotel host, Matteo, suggested Vineria San Giovanni located on Via Le Monza 256. I didn’t bother to check out Vineria San Giovanni (the link goes to their Facebook page). Vineria means winery, so we didn’t know what to expect – was this a cantina where we could fill a five liter jug from a gas like pump? He said the menu was small but good. So trusting, we just walked the five blocks from the hotel not knowing what to expect and entered a wine and foodie heaven.
Jack is surrounded by Italian wine – a happy camper!
We shared a sliced meat platter – Tagliere Vecchia Umbria – that had thin slices of the most scrumptious prosciutto, salami and I can’t remember – but it was great. Under the advice of our doctor – we have both sworn off wheat – no bread. These thin meaty slices just tantalized my tastebuds and didn’t require anything else. (€10)
For our main courses we both had exceptional beef. Jack’s Filetto di Manzo was surrounded by these sweet and succulent onions. It was perfectly medium rare. I tasted the onions and thought – honey is the secret ingredient. I was right. (€22)
I had Tagliata di Manzo – a beautifully sliced cut of beef oozing red. AHHHH! It was perched on a bed of arugula and surrounded by parmesan shavings. YUUUUMMMMM! (€20)
Everyone is wondering about the wine. Don’t raise your eyebrows – I know you are. It was after all Vineria San Giovanni! We had a Tuscan blend of merlot and rats – neither of us can remember! But here is the label.
For €18 we thought it was a New York bargain.
The price point was less than a New York City restaurant and the food was amazing. Oh, I forgot – espresso was only €1.
If you find yourself in Milano on business or just exploring Italy give Vineria San Giovanni a try. Info@vineriasangiovanni.it!
Ci vediamo a dopo!