I thought it was peculiar that my teacher emphasized that the restaurant was decorated in 80's style. The warning didn't prepare me for the reality. It was REALLY 80's! The decor, the only 8 table, the glaring lights, the lack of music, and being that Michael and I were the only customers in the restaurant in the middle of nowhere Milan I was scared and skeptical. Since this was our first time in Italy together, we moved forward with courage and order the full tasting menu.
We learned that the focus of the tasting menu was around this special salt from a lagoon in Sicily. This salt played with the food. It changed taste with each dish. We had a full education from Stefania (Aimo and Nadia's Daughter). She entertained us with facts and stories of the food, where it came from and how it was grown. She won our heart when Michael asked if the food was organic and with a smile she responded , "This is more than organic."
|First Four Courses|
The menu started lightly with bits of sweet fish, purees of chickpeas, and perfect vegetables. After the 1st 4 courses...yes, 1st 4...then came the star of the evening, Etrurian Soup. Stefania explained to us that this is a speciality here at Aimo. Each element of the soup is cooked separately at low temperatures for hours in clay pots that are make specifically for them. This care and attention was not wasted, this soup was like eating love in a plate. I never wanted it to end.
After the warm and hearty soup, our only pasta dish arrived. It was two raviolis stuff with ossobuco in a saffron sauce. This was a great way to represent a country so famous for it's pasta. It was a perfect balance. We continued on and 4 more delicious courses arrived...if you are counting that is 10 so far. They included veal from Piedmont, a selection of artisan cheeses, delicate citrus sorbets, and a play on tiramisu called "tirami-Sud." Then when we thought our dining experience was over the server placed a darling tray of petit fours for us. These "cookies" were a surprise most especially the tiny madeleine with pineapple confit. HEAVEN!
|A Finish to a Wonderful Meal|
Stay tuned for our time in Rome and Florence.... Ciao, Ciao!
|Aimo, Me, Stefania & Michael|