Showing posts with label Italy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italy. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I made Pesto earlier...

Fresh Basil (chopped)
Raw Garlic (minced)
Walnuts (chopped)
Parmesan (grated)
Balsamic Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Combine the basil, garlic, walnuts, parmesan, vinegar, and olive oil into a blender and blend generously on the lowest setting.

Continue to cook on low heat. Stir slowly. Chop and/or grind pinenuts. Add them to the mixture.

Continue stirring. Add grated Romano cheese.

Continue cooking on low heat. Add grounded Grana Padano cheese. Slowly fold into the pesto. Stir moderately.

Pesto sauce is almost ready. Allow it to continue to cook on low heat. Make sure that your walnuts and pinenuts are not hard. Stir moderately.

As you continue, check your pasta. Focus on getting your actual pasta ready.

Dinner is ready! Add the pasta to your plate. Add the pesto sauce on top. Finally, garnish with some grated parmesan cheese.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Il Luogo Di Aimo E Nadia, One of the Greatest Restaurants in Milan, Italy

Il Luogo Di Aimo E Nadia
in Milan, Italy.
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 Some of the best restaurants in the world exist thousands upon thousands of miles away. One of those restaurants is definitely Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia. If you are looking to eat an Italian restaurant that is heavily influenced by French cuisine, you are going to love Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia. Located in the heart of Milan, on Via Privata Raimondo Montecucclio lies one of the best kept secrets in the world today, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia. Il Luogo di Aimo was founded in 1955 by Aimo Moroni and remains to be one of the best restaurants representing Italian cuisine in the world. Recently, when visiting Milan, Italy I had the opportunity to visit this fine Italian eatery.

When you first enter this fine restaurant, you will notice that it is rather spacious. Despite being traditional, the tables are white and the chairs are blue, making Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia rather simple looking. It kind of reminds me of a country Italian setting. Something you would see in Tuscany, rather than Milan. There is a combination of square and round tables too. You will notice that on the walls are covered in some of the finest, yet new-fangled paintings that vary upon the doldrums. Most of this artwork is definitely created by Italian people. What really gave away this authentic Italian restaurant was it's aroma, as the smell of home cooked Italian food filled the air.

Shortly after I sat down, a waiter was quick, as well as, punctual and relatively swift. He was ready to take my order. I proceeded to ask for a wine list and then asked if they had Lambrusco wine. Of course, they laughed and said no. It's a well known fact that many Italians find Lambrusco to be rather cheap, so there are some Italians that find it gross. I love it, but I am also a wine connoisseur, so I am always appreciating almost everything. I decided to order the fine Cialla Bianco. It was a good port and I just knew it had possibilities (which it did). Once I ordered my wine, I decided to order a soup. The Carnaroli rice seemed the most appealing. After contemplating on what to order to eat, it took me a while to really decide. I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian and I wasn't seeing a lot of choices on the menu that I could enjoy. After talking to the waiter and manager, I discovered that "spaghetti" seemed the most appealing to me, so I decided to order it without any meat.

The staff, as well as, service at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia was rather attentive, as well as, prompt. They were also courteous. Not only were they knowledgeable, but they took time to explain options. When I would ask multiple times about certain entrees and selections, they would not hesitate to explicate what they were. I must also say that I was incredibly impressed with the manager, Stefania Moroni, as she was so courteous and took the time out to explain more about Italian cuisine and the restaurant itself. The staff definitely made me feel welcome and the service exceeded my expectations.

The food was fresh, which is what I loved very much. You could taste the fresh ingredients. The Carnaroli rice was amazing. You could taste the saffron, but it wasn't overpowering. I am picky about spaghetti because I make it so well. I thought the spaghetti at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia had a rather acquired taste, which I very much enjoyed. I think it may be because of the spring onions in it. It was absolutely delicious and what made it that way was the balance of ingredients. The sauce was amazing and I could taste an array of ingredients such as basil and thyme, as well as, a little bit of vodka. Afterwards, I decided to order dessert. I am a huge fan of tiramisu and it seems like whether I am, if I am having Italian food, I always tend to order this popular, yet highly delectable Italian dessert. It was outstanding. I have to admit that it is a rarity in the US to find tiramisu made with real ricotta cheese, however; it's quite normality in Italy and here was no exception. I seriously think the tiramisu at this fine restaurant is some of the best I have ever ate in my life.

Reservations are available at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia. This Italian restaurant is closed during lunch on Saturdays (open for dinner) and closed on Sundays, but open any other time. Would I eat here again? Absolutely. When I go back to Milan, I definitely intend to eat there again. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. Whether you live in Milan or are traveling there, you are destined to love Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia. Cibo fantastico!

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
Privata Raimondo Montecucclio 6
l-20146 Milan, Italy