Italian cuisine is all about simplicity, flavours and… regionality! Yes, each region (even each town) has its own typical recipes and sure the dishes and the products from Emilia (plus Romagna of course) are some of the most popular all over the world. Salsamenteria di Parma in Milan sure is a proper ambassador for the quality of the food of that part of Northern Italy.
I’ll cut it short: this is one of my top 3 places to eat in Milan. I was here a few times before and after visiting this spot recently I could finally put together a decent review. I’ll say it again: if you want a taste of Emilia (the region, not any girl with that name… dirty people!) in Milan this is the place to go: lasagne, tortelli(ni), Parmigiano (Parmesan), Parma ham (of course) are just a small list of the great stuff you can find here.
If you match your food with a good glass of red wine you’re never disappointed, right? These guys won’t give you glasses though, but you’ll get your “nectar of the gods” in a simple ceramic cup, JC’s last supper style! My advice is to get a nice woodboard of cold cuts, add some burrata (think about a “buttery” mozzarella) and then go for either a tasty Parmigiana di Melanzane (your idea of aubergines/eggplants will completely change) or some pumpkin tortelli… yuuuuum!
Keep in mind they have a couple of locations in Milan, but also in fancy frenchy places such as Paris and Cannes. I normally go to the one near San Babila (behind the Duomo cathedral), which is quite handy if you’re in the very city centre, but it can be quite busy at lunch time especially.