On a balmy afternoon, just before the Italians of Milan shut down for their regular afternoon pause, we visit the traditional trattoria di Masuelli reknown for its Milenese dishes. For over 50 years now, the family-run establishment has been running like clockwork offering original Italian flavours that any restauranteur would be jealous of!
Entering from the busy avenue, we walk into somewhat of the past being greeted by an aura of tradition in this high ceiling venue. White-cloth tables, hand-sculpted wooden chairs and a dark-indigo-blue-painted ceiling sets the scene. Everything is meticulously placed and astoundingly maintained even though most of the restaurant’s equipment is dated quite a few years back, like the shiny brass San Marco espresso machine by the entrance.
The Masuelli family has been running this trattoria since 1921 like a tight ship, passing on the baton from one generation to the next; flawlessly. The kitchen, still run by the mother of the family, prepares only a few dishes every day paying careful attention to the Milanese heritage. Think golden made Cotoletta alla Milanese, a remarkable agnolotti con ragu and a delicious risotto Milanese! Salads? What salads? This place is all about proper primi and secondi!
The waiter happily welcomes us in English with the occasional Italian chatter, recommending us that the tasting menu is also available to order. Instead, we stick to the safe bets and are more than rewarded. The cototletta is perfectly fried on the outside and tender on the inside; the agnolotti are hearty in their tangy meat sauce and the risotto is the proper amount of al dente with a delicate texture.
If you wanna taste a bit of some good ol’ Italian cuisine, make sure you pay a visit. Though making a reservation beforehand is highly advisable, as the place gets fully even on lunchtime when patrons working in the area, aka regulars, are paying a visit.