This was our worst experience in Milan. We had booked tickets for Tosca at La Scala, starting at 8pm, and as we'd been on an afternoon tour of Milan including the Last Supper, hadn't got back to our hotel till after 6.30. We changed quickly and went to the area round the opera house to find a pre-theatre supper, accepting we would pay over the odds for the location.
Our initial impression of Il Marchesino was that it was a slick operation, well used to catering for pre-opera meals. They found us a table and we had given in our order within five minutes. Twenty minutes later, we had bread and water and two rather small glasses of wine. Forty minutes later, after we complained, the food was forthcoming. My husband's veal was ok, but was overwhelmed by a brown gravy: his mixed vegetables all tasted the same. My sorrel salmon was under-cooked for my taste - I like my fish opaque - and my vegetables were two slices of courgette, both cut in three.
For this feast, plus three glasses of house red and a bottle of water, we were charged 94 euros.
A complete rip-off, and to be avoided at all costs.
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