A few days ago I was in Milan and I discovered, thanks to a friend, a superb restaurant. It’s a type of Michelin star restaurant with cheaper prices. Identità Golose, this the name of the place, is located a few steps from Scala Theatre in the heart of Milan and it offers a pleasant and innovative location. Milan and the stars in the kitchen. This is what waits for the guests who enter the restaurant.
The owners open it in September 2018 and now it is already one of the most researched restaurants in the city. Why? Because it offers a huge variety of chef coming during the year. Milan and the stars in the kitchen. Yes, for dinner every day there is a different Michelin star cook that propose a 4-course menu. The fixed price is very cheap compared to the restaurants with the stars. For lunch, there is the resident chef Andrea Ribaldone ready to propose you some delicious recipes.
The restaurant in Milan and the stars in the kitchen
In Via Romagnosi, connected to the famous Via Manzoni, you can find a historical and prestigious building where was hosted Fondazione Feltrinelli. The entrance consists of a transparent door and outside there is a menu. The place is elegant but appears also minimal. At the entrance, the staff is ready to welcome you and to take care of the overcoats. A short corridor takes the guest to the reception, where a kind lady organizes a table in the restaurant in Milan with the stars in the kitchen.
Going to the main dining room it is possible to see the kitchen because there is a big window. Behind there are the chef and his staff. The chairs are comfortable, the tables don’t have the cloth, but only the tissue napkin. Then there are a fork and a knife on a flat lay. The restaurant in Milan with the stars in the kitchen looks minimal, but everything with elegance and style. On the walls, there are ancient and important carpets. In the courtyard, there is a modern structure, covered, with another dining room.
Someone says that it is important to check the bathrooms to know if a restaurant is good. I am not sure that is true, but Identità Golose has really a modern, design and smart toilet. You don’t even need to touch anything, also to flush. It is enough to pass the hand in front of the photocell.
When I was just seated at the table a waiter asked me if I wanted an aperitif before to start. They made me a very good cocktail. The bartender came to explain to me how he made it. With the menu in my hands, I had some doubts because there is an interesting variety of food. Hard to choose, all the proposal were interesting to me. I had two waiters, one for food and one for drinks. The staff of the restaurant in Milan with stars in the kitchen is professional and able to give advice and to explain the dishes.
So, thanks to his suggestions, I tried their pizza. They prepare three types of it, one is the “Margherita sbagliata” with a base with mozzarella and some tomato over. The other one is with pesto and Parmigiano cheese and the last one in Marinara with anchovies. Those pizzas are small, 150 grams each, and the pasta or pizza is very soft. The Margherita I had was really delicious. Then I opted for fish over a bed of mixed salad and fennel. As a dessert, I couldn’t resist, I had “Il Nuovo Passato” (The New Past), made of walnut ice cream, walnut, carrot cake, and pear “decana”.
The restaurant in Milan with stars in the kitchen offers the option of a fixed menu, 35 euro, or to order à la carte (like I did). The price is well compared with the quality of the food and of the service. Each plate comes with an explanation of ingredients and preparation. When I went to the toilet, the waiter came and he folded the napkin in a creative way. This is not important, but it shows how they take care of each detail.
I didn’t try to eat in the restaurant in Milan with stars in the kitchen, but I am planning to do it in the next days. I already checked the program. On the Identità Golose Milano website, they have the agenda and the reservation system active. You can see for each day who will be the chef present at this international hub of gastronomy, as they defined it. They host Michelin stars chef from all over the world. They propose their four-course menu for 75 euro. A lower price compared to the amount you pay in this type of restaurants.
The most famous and high ranking chefs from Italy and other countries dedicate one or two dinners to the restaurant guests. Reserve a table using “The Fork” platform, because the restaurant in Milan is powered by this TripAdvisor company. So it is easier to make a reservation.
If you like Michelin star cuisine, if you like experimenting with innovative food and combinations and if you want to stay in a trendy place for your meal, I highly recommend this place. You can find the restaurant website full of information, but if you want to know more about some attraction in the city, check my post about the castle.