Al Pont de Ferr
There are many reasons to put Milan’s canal district on your travel hit list; the nightlife for one, the potential for romantic walks at sunset for another. But while the scenery and the bar-hopping are rightfully attention grabbing, it’s the quiet culinary sensation, Al Pont de Ferr, that keeps many locals and visitors coming canal-side. In fact, reservations for this Michelin-starred osteria remain notoriously hard to come by.
Found close to the iron bridge from which the restaurant takes its name, Al Pont de Ferr is open for lunch and dinner week-round. And, while there is an a la carte menu offering many delectable dishes, like the unctuous, spicy seafood linguine and the fantastically-named “Welcome to Milan” (a fillet of veal Milanese served with saffron sauce and a drops of Campari), many choose to put themselves in the hands of the chef when dining here.
The tasting menus are, after all, part of Al Pont de Ferr’s appeal. That, and the rich dark wood, the rows upon row of gleaming bottles of red wine, and the rustic warmth of the osteria’s terracotta brickwork. The tasting menus, including the upper echelon Madness Menu (where the dishes remain a mystery until they arrive at the table), are Chef Vittorio Fusari’s playground; this is where he creatively gambols with textures and tastes. During your visit you might be treated to a bite of marinated Coregone fish from Iseo lake (near where Fusari earned his first Michelin star earlier in his career) served with almond milk and toasted almonds, or a wild grain risotto with pearls of buffalo cheese and sundried tomatoes; it’s a meal that’s sure to be worth the wait for a reservation.