As we travelled through Sicily, I was always plotting and planning the restaurants for our next stop.
In Modica, the owner of our B & B was from Milan, so the inevitable question was asked- what restaurant would you recommend in Milan
The answer was Osteria del Binari.
Hiding in the Porta Ticinese area of Milan, this traditional restaurant is worth the taxi ride.
The unassuming entrance is easily overlooked.

Entrance to Osteria del Binari in Milan
Entrance to Osteria del Binari

As we walked inside, the front rooms were empty so I started to worry but, thankfully, I spotted the table of home-made tarts and knew there was no reason to do so!
Home made tarts at Osteria del Binari in Milan
Beautiful home-made tarts

I was later told that, in winter, these front rooms are lit by a large fire and are very cosy and warm. As it was a stunning summer night, we were eating outside in the garden. Perfect!
Dinner in the garden at Osteria del Binari in Milan
Dinner in the garden

After being seated, glasses of prosecco arrived together with an appetiser of terrine and fresh cruditè
Knowing I would be ordering dessert, I ordered the proscuitto and buffalo mozzarella for antipasti whilst my husband chose the eggplant and cheese mousse with fresh tomato.
The italian menu was far more appetising than my translation!
Proscuitto crudo di parma with mozzarella di buffala at Osteria del Binari in Milan
Stunning Proscuitto crudo di parma with mozzarella di buffala

Sformato de melanzana con scamorza e velluta di pomodoro fresca at Osteria del Binari in Milan
Sformato de melanzana con scamorza e velluta di pomodoro fresca!

The decision of what to have for Primi piatti was hard. Choices included homemade pasta with veal ragu and porcini mushrooms, Agnolotti del plin (a piedmontese speciality), calamari with baby scampi, zucchini and tomato or the risotto alla milanese.
Pasta fresca al torchio con ragout di vitello bianco e funghi porcini won. It was sensational!
Pasta fresca al torchio con ragout di vitello bianco e funghi porcini at Osteria del Binari in milan
Pasta fresca al torchio con ragout di vitello bianco e funghi porcini

When in Milan , you must try the cotoletta alla milanese, so this was ordered for secondi – uno per due!!
These are great little words to remember for when you would like to share the dish.
Cotoletta alla Milanese at Osteria del Binari
Cotoletta alla Milanese

I already knew what I was having for dessert!
Home made lemon tart at Osteria del Binari in Milan
Home made lemon tart

My husband continued his quest for the perfect tiramisu. Very close!
Tiramisu at Osteria del Binari in Milan
Another tiramisu!

After dinner goodies at Osteria del Binari in Milan
After dinner goodies

We’ll be back!
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Osteria Del Binari
Via Tortona, 1
Milan
Tel: 02 89406753
Osteria del Binari
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