Italy Eats: Torre del Mangia

Last October my friend Vivica and I took a trip to Italy, Austria and Hungary. In today’s blog I’m going to be talking about a hidden gem of a restaurant we found in Milan. It’s called Torre del Mangia.

That day in Milan was our first morning in the city. The night before I was so jet lagged that I could not sleep until the wee hours of the morning, and so when our alarm went off at 7:00am, I turned it off in my sleep. When it went off again, Vivica asked me if I was going to turn it off and get up, and I replied, “let me sleep”. I have no recollection of any of this, and so when I woke up at 11:00am, I was panicked that we’d missed breakfast. We decided we’d just have an early lunch instead.

Our hotel was a metro ride away from the main hub of Milan, and so we decided to get lunch somewhere close by before getting on the train. Our hotel clerk pointed us in the direction of some restaurants, and so we headed out in search of food.

We kept walking for a while, and everywhere seemed to be closed. We almost gave up when we came across a tiny doorway with a menu out front. The menu had Spaghetti Bolognese. That was good enough for us.

As soon as we entered we knew that we’d made the right decision. The waiters were elegantly dressed, the atmosphere was beautiful and bright, and it smelled amazing.

As soon as we sat down, our waiter brought complimentary bruschetta and apperitivo, which was a crisp Prosecco. I mentioned I had a cow’s milk allergy, and they happily made me a separate bruschetta without mozzarella on it.

There is no photo evidence of this bruschetta because we quickly devoured it, having missed breakfast.

Next we ordered our food, both getting Spaghetti Bolognese. While we were waiting for it I ordered an espresso. As you can see in the photo below, I could barely keep my eyes open. There is also no evidence of the first espresso.

We were also given some fresh bread to nibble on while we waited for our pasta.

Our main course arrived, and it was everything we hoped it would be. Out of the entire trip to come, this was one of the best Spaghetti Bolognese we tried.

I’m still dreaming of it all these months later.

After we finished, we were planning on just paying the bill, but then they brought out a complimentary plate of assorted cookies! So of course I ordered another espresso to go with it.

We could tell by the crowd inside that this restaurant is a local favourite. We were probably the only tourists in there, which made the experience even better. I’m so glad I slept in that day, otherwise I don’t think we would have found this place!

To find out more information about Torre del Mangia visit their website or Facebook page.

Well, now I’m hungry, so I think I’ll say goodbye here.
Take care!

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