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“Early Doors”

Ristorante Il Cestino
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Ranked #1,228 of 8,762 Restaurants in Milan
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Brera
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Early Doors
This recommendation from our hotel concierge is at 27 Via Madonnina in a pedestrian area noted for artists.

Its claim to fame is that it is open virtually throughout the day and is absolutely perfect for a pre La Scala (ten minutes away on foot) or late meal. We ate there at both five and six in the evening with no reduction in quality or service.

The food is essential Italian (including the local speciality of veal cutlet Milanese and ossobucco) and centres on local produce. The aged Parma ham with Ogen melon was excellent. The menu is not huge but there is ample choice with each selection being prepared freshly to order. Apart from standard items, the restaurant obtains seasonal fare (including fish) from the markets daily. It is wise to book, especially at lunch times, as others obviously have found the Cestino as agreeable as we have.

The prices, for Milan, are reasonable and middle of the road. A three course meal for 2 with wine came to some €150 all in, but you could spend more if you so wished. We thought the whole experience very good value for money. The waiters are welcoming, interested in their dishes and knowledgeable. You can safely accept their recommendations on both food and wine. The wine list was quite extensive and majored on Italian vineyards. Service is friendly, relatively quick by Italian standards and aimed at ensuring you enjoy your experience. If you have time pressure the staff will tell you which dishes are quickest to prepare.

The Cestino is not fine dining but it does represent the best of traditional, honest Italian cuisine. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Thank Hugh B
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We passed by this restaurant at the beginning of our stay in Milan and decided that we would have dinner there on our last night. We were seated outside next to the heat lamp and the atmosphere was quite pleasant. We ordered an appetizer to share and two entrees - fillet of beef with risotto Milanese and a Milanese cutlet. And then we sat and watched as everyone around us was served. At one point the waiter came over and asked us to remind him of our order. Almost an hour passed when he appeared with the entrees - without ever serving us the appetizer! When we expressed surprise and disappointment that he had forgotten our appetizer he wasn't particularly apologetic and avoided our table the rest of the evening. We thought that as a gesture of good will he might offer us a complimentary expresso or dessert but no such luck - instead, the bill arrived with a 12% service charge already added on so we weren't even able to reflect our disappointment in the tip. Although our meals were good I would not return - there are plenty of other restaurants in the Brera neighborhood that have both good food AND good service.

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Thank Shelley_N4
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Salvatore, the owner, encouraged us to sit outside, despite the fact that he had an attractive inside dining room, & the evening was quite cool. The heat lamps made the difference!! We were comfortable, & enjoyed the atmosphere of the area--no cars allowed, but an energetic night scene. The food was first class from beginning to end. And the service, watched over by Giuseppe, was flawless!!

Thank June W
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

The seafood appetizer (Trio al carpacci) was very good with some raw seafood - kind of a European version of sushi. The tuna (Filetto di Tonno alla Griglia con Spinaci al Salto) was very good. The seabase (Branzino a Piacere) was very good. The dessert was very good. The red wine was very good and that raised the level of the entire experience (Nino Negri Quadrio Valtellina Superiore 2008). The meal started with free Prosecco and ended with free Limoncello (they were not on the bill and were free as we were told at the time). Very enjoyable evening.

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Thank Don P
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stumbled upon this restaurant and decided to give it a try. Appetizers were absolutely delicious- octopus salad and pasta fagioli. Next was fish for dinner- linguini with clams and spaghetti with rock lobster. Seafood was so fresh and delicious. Service was good but the food is expensive. They offer you free prosecco in the beginning and then charge you for it so beware. Overall excellent meal.

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Thank DanielleDC_26
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