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“You simply must not go to Aimo e Nadia”

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
Ranked #175 of 9,115 Restaurants in Milan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The restaurant Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia has been a reference in Italian gourmet cuisine for over 60 years. Today Stefania Moroni manages the activity together with the chefs Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani, that carry on with care, passion and professionalism, the path started by Aimo and Nadia Moroni, in the continuous search for the best ingredients of the Italian territory and the techniques capable of enhancing them. A contemporary Italian cuisine in which the original flavors and the gastronomic culture are preserved and brought to the actuality through the creative gesture of the chefs, an act of love and respect for the rich history of Italian cuisine and for the great gastronomic heritage of our peninsula. 2 stars Michelin Guide, Relais & Chateaux, Les Grandes Tables du Monde.
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

I write this review with a heavy heart and a much lighter wallet. And while I very rarely contribute on this forum, simply as a matter of conscience I could not let last night's experience pass without sharing it with a wider audience.

Because Aimo e Nadia is a trap. And we walked right into it.

On a recommendation we booked in for our first night in Milan and at the appointed time were whisked into a back corner of a back room that looked like it hadn't been refreshed since the 1990s: it was stale and down at the heels. There was a very faint scent of floor cleaner and rising damp in the air, barely perceptible but there if you looked, like the Holy Spirit in a Unitarian church. Both of us it later transpired had a strong sense of foreboding, perhaps why they were so keen to get us into a glass of vintage Roederer.

Nonetheless we persevered, inspired by our recommendation and reassured by the Relais and Chateau plaque outside. And quite quickly we were hooked/charmed/conned into the top-price (E195) "territories" menu. Because the guy was friendly and convincing, which I know makes it our own fault. As does - and here we felt like the biggest rubes to just fall off the turnip truck - letting the wine guy bring bottles without having him first tell us the price. (In fairness the Gaia + Rey was great).

But the food. And the service. Where to start? The first half of the meal was a succession of rapid fire small plates felt like they were cooked by a home dinner party chef with too many big ideas.

A bit of a hoo-hah was made about serving each one on a silver tray which would be placed on a wooden trolley that had never seen better days but there was barely time to chew: as soon as the fork went down our waitress would slump over, clear our plates, and bring the next dish. Was his perhaps some clever and ironic mocking of the rituals of fine dining? Who knows.

Some courses made more sense than others but all lacked refinement or purpose: a rough purée of tomatos and bread with an olive purée on top was gritty and tart. A beetroot chip argued with a mussel. A plate that carried a really tasty egg yolk and scamorza also had a needless spear of asparagus on it. A huge oyster from France (so much for all the ingredients being local, unless I missed something and Napoleon returned from the grave and reconquered Norhern Italy during our drive yesterday) sat under a mound of watery green granita. And so on.

Each came in such rapid fire succession it was almost as if they hoped we would not pick up on what was going on. We began to play a game of picking up a fork again as our poor waitress scurried to clear each plate, making her return to her station. Once she actually yanked the dishes away while we were still chewing. And with each one that arrived there was almost nothing by way of explanation of dish or provenance.

Later courses: a ravioli, a pigeon in broth, a duck had better focus. Some rose to the level of pretty good. But nothing deserving of a star or Relais and Chateau distinction.

All in all this would have been just a bit of a "meh" night had we not fallen for the wine scam. Where most somms will discretely point to a suggested drop on the wine list so you can see if it fits your budget, this guy simply brought bottles and started pouring. Our fault, but pretty dirty pool to put people into E300 bottles without warning them somehow. For an irregular diner on a budget this would have been ruinous.

When the bill came for two territories menus and two bottles of wine and two glasses of bubbles, the damage was 1070 Euros.

An expensive lesson.

Do not go here. Cancel your reservations if need be. Trust me.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia (“the place of Aimo and Nadia”) is tucked away in a quiet suburb of Milan, about four miles west of La Scala.They were awarded their first Michelin star in 1980 and their second in 1990, which the restaurant has held ever since.

Difficult to describe the experience in words. It's one of the highest expressions of Italian cuisine, but always made with very simple ingredients.A heaven of gourmet classic Italian cuisine where the quality of food is everything.

Ask to the staff about the history "spaghetti al cipollotto". A memorable tiramisu !! A must in Milano.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Going to start out by saying the service was great, the choices of wine where amazing, but the food was uhh!! And they New it cause we told them. The first big mistake was the bread, they came out as hard as bricks,could have a paved a new road with them, they came, we told, and they changed it, the new ones that came out we just a little less hard. But that was prediction of what the night would be like, food wise. There was some nice flavors, but all in all uhhh!!! They did try though, after our complaints, added a dish, changed others, but just didn’t live up to the name.
Give them 3 stars for trying though!!

1  Thank MoeavaH
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

the restaurant is about 12 stops from milan central station taking about half an hour. You walk out at the exit to via primaticcio for about 5 minutes and there is this door with lots of modern paintings on the wall next to it.We ordered the il luogo delight menu. The food was on the whole professional done and good, though the steak could be better. One of our party could not tolerate steak and was given rather delicious pork and duck. But there was no dish which particularly stood out as memorable. It would be rated as very good if it was any common restaurant, but only average for fine dining. Service was professional and rather clinical. The head waiter pushed for his choice of aperitif a little too hard. The wine waiter lost interest in us after we ordered just a few glasses and did not bother to tell us what we were drinking. On the whole, it was fairly good food without the poetry or love spoken of in their website. In conclusion: Not really a good cost-enjoyment ratio. If we are in the neighbourhood, I would still go there. But I can't say it is worth the long trip.

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Great food and wine yet mixed experience with the service. We chose an la carte for three is us and the wines were nicely recommended yet without indicating a price. We had to ask. While the staff tried to be friendly and acted by the book, the service had so many little flaws adding up we stopped counting. For the reputation and the cost of this amazing restaurant the service hasn’t been a benchmark compared to other high profile places. Agree with the location of the restaurant & the interior.

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