Tano Passami l’Olio
Tano has changed location – please see new address above, and chef Antonio has left for pastures new, but the food is still as accomplished as ever, and when eating in Milan, this one’s not to miss. The point of this restaurant is in its title, ‘Tano, pass the oil’ – it’s a celebration of Italian extra virgin oil.
If ever there were such a thing as an olive oil sommelier, owner Tano Geatano would be just that. For every dish (even the bread basket), Tano prescribes and administers the perfect oil. His self-taught knowledge is persuasively technical, on regional varieties, pressing, density etc.
With such attentive service, ably assisted by his wife Nadia, quality reigns over quantity here with just eight tables seating 26 people. Charming, old-fashioned quirks such as the theatrical ringing of the doorbell by new arrivals, the unsynchronized chiming of various antique carriage clocks and a rattling serving trolley counter a rather restrained smart/casual crowd.
Tano’s the chef produces creative Mediterranean cuisine with European influences while Tano takes care of an excellent European wine list and his own culinary speciality, sweet flambéed goat’s cheese prepared at one’s table on said trolley.