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Ristorante Antica Osteria Stendhal
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Ranked #230 of 8,323 Restaurants in Milan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Brera
Reviewed January 18, 2014

The Stendhal is a typical Milanese restaurant of the olde style - menu is traditional Italian with no fancy cuisine nouvelle pairings and is one of the best restaurants in town if you feel like pasta, cotoletta milanese, osso buco, stinco di agnello o maiale, branzino and so on - all the old favourites. You should book if possible - on busy nights it's crowded and noisy, tables for two are often right next to other couples but again this is typical in the traditional older restaurants. Service is exceptional although you might think the waiters are trying to push you into ordering an extra dessert, an extra aperitivo, an extra after-dinner drink - and indeed they are. But you can always just decline their offers. There's a very good wine list with prices from around €20 to €4,000 so you should be able to find something in between. We visited on a rainy Friday night and staff rushed to deal with coats, scarves and wet umbrellas and made us welcome. It's artichoke season so there's a special menu that pairs wine tastings with each artichoke dish. We just ordered the carciofi/formaggio salad and the freshly-made fettucine/carciofi followed by osso buco and stinco di agnello, accompanied by a Tormaresca Neprica from Puglia - a cabernet/primitivo blend that's a steal at €19. We had an after-dinner drink but declined dessert and coffee and the bill was €100 - neither cheap nor outrageous for the quality of the food and the service.

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Very traditional Italian in a positive sense, very good higher class restaurant, but with relaxed atmosphere. Excellent, friendly service. A perfect place to spend our last evening in Milan.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

We made a reservation and ate dinner there. For a sunday it turned out to be rather crowdy. The staff was very friendly. We shared all the courses, it was rather much, but tasty. We strongly recommend the chocolate cake(it is also a two-people dessert). We would definitley go there again, priceworthy.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Great restaurant in milan, food atmosphere and attentiveness.
Was suggested by concierge as we were looking for a local
relaxed sunday setting as many restaurants are closed on sunday
In MILAN this is a must.

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Thank Vacati0N2012
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

In the heart of Brera ( nice bars and plenty of people watching opportunities in the summer).
It is fashioned as a milanese trattoria, targets tourists as well as locals and gives a good feeling of what the real milanese trattoria were some 40 years ago.
Food is good, service attentive, among the dishes we had we tries the best were a stracciatella with dried tomatoes, a cotoletta and tarte tatin

Thank Vigorish93
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