Years ago a sicilian family run a fish shop (pescheria) which offered delicious raw fish recipes in the evening. Great formula: no pasta was allowed, only cooked and raw fish from the shop was on the menu in a nice familiar environment. This formula explained their pretty basic tablecloth and style. I went there at least once a month.
I did not know that about an year ago management changed as i went working abroad for a while. Once back in Milan, a couple of days ago i went there for dinner. Pasta was added on the menu. Why not, I thought.
I was immediately surprised by the attitude of the new management as both the waitress and the owner were extremely kind, too much, they sounded false (but they are not obviously) I would say almost obsessed. Every 5 minutes they kept asking impolite questions like "is it fine?" "do you like it?" without creating a colloquial relationship first. Their tried to impose there recurrent questions not considering that most people do not like a confrontational discussion at dinner about what they are eating and overpaying. After asking 8-10 times about a pasta recipe called black tagliolini with ricotta, mini prawne (one) and pistach sold at € 20 (!), I told them that it was far too rich. Ricotta took most of the taste making it greasy. I like natural and light fish taste, this was not my cup of tea!
It was presented in a deep dish where cleaning the only mini prawne was difficult and i had to take the knife from another empty seat, not having my knife replaced after using it in my first dish. This was a selection of raw tuna, salmon and a white fish with a side salad.
Bread was standard and only one selection of white wine at the glass was available. In addition a very loud TV was on my head, which i asked to lower down which thankfully they did.
I am sorry to say that the overall atmosphere and service resulted being unpleasant. This place seems it is looking for a new positioning. If they wish to become a top fish restaurant over €55/60 per person, they should keep off the TV, stop asking no stop "everything is fine?", refresh the restaurant, invest in cutlery and new tablecloth, get a professional attitude and propose their own new style. Otherwise as it is, in Milan, knowing many other fish restaurants, i would expect not paying over €40, 25% less of what i paid. They seem to have enthusiasm and some potential but they should believe in themselves and create a better colloquial relationship with their customers, at least with me. I may go back in a few months and see what's happened. Good luck!
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