I agree with the best reviewers of this restaurant. We went with average expectations and were pleasantly surprised by the great food. Make sure to take some plates from each of the three menu areas (traditional, creative and imaginative). We had the amazing starter of Candied Onion (Trofeo) shell filled with goat cheese. This probably is the single best dish on the menu that we tried/saw. Then followed by pasta (spaghetti delivered as promised) and then the Maiolino (Suckling Pig) which appears small but is rich in flavour and texture. The desserts are on the verge of brilliance - including the Candied Cone of Campari with Strawberries and Cream and the unusual flavours of Baby peas accompanied by pannacotta/Creme brulee like creams and ice cream. This is all served on a Garden trowel which makes this seem more savoury than sweet.
Ultimately this felt somewhat El Bulli like (we were fortunate to visit in Fall 2010) and then found out that Chef Ferran Adria's nephew is working at the Restaurant. The current chef is very friendly and appreciative of the thanks of the restaurant-goers. He is from Uruguay.
Wines are available by glass and half-bottle (we had two) and are excellently priced. They represent various Italian regions and the maitre d's and staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. There is no pretention in a place with such good food. Pont de Ferr deserves at least one star of it doesn't have it already. And prices for Tasting menu are very reasonable at 60 Euros and 80 Euros. You certainly can't go wrong here.
The only drawback is a summer issue in Milan. The mosquitoes are especially aggressive and plentiful at dusk and when sun goes down. Make sure you are wearing bug spray or you WILL be eaten alive! Combine this restaurant with a wonderful stroll down the Porta Ticenese. Enjoy!
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