Food Porn

Friday Food Porn: What We Ate

We thought we’d ring in the weekend with some drool-worthy food porn that we shot in and around Italy. Enjoy!

Sauce Milan Food Porn Apertivo Pisacco Restaurant Milan Sauce Milan Foo Porn

Gazpacho and other delicious bites during an aperitivo at Pisacco restaurant in Milan.

Sauce Milan Food Porn Belgian Fries Belgium Pavilion Expo Milano 2015

Belgian Fries from the stand in front of the Belgium Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

Sauce Milan Food Porn Bitterballen Dutch Fried Meatballs Holland Pavilion Expo Milano 2015

Bitterballen – Dutch Fried Meatballs from a food truck at the Holland Pavilion Expo Milano 2015

Sauce Milan Food Porn Chef Mauricio Zillo A Mere Restaurant Paris Mackerel Strawberries Fava

Mackerel, strawberries and fava from Sauce Milan friend chef Mauricio Zillo of ‘A Mère in Paris.

Sauce Milan Food Porn Fried Edam Cheese Czech Pavilion Expo Milano 2015

Fried Edam Cheese with potatoes and tartare sauce at the Czech Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

Sauce Milan Food Porn Pasticceria Marchesi Milan Apple Raspberry Tart

Apple and Berry Tart in the window at our beloved Pasticceria Marchesi

Sauce Milan Food Porn Ratana Restaurant Milan Chef Cesare Battisti Trout Tartare

Trout tartare from chef Cesare Battisti of Ratanà Restaurant in Milan.

Sauce Milan Food Porn Risotto with caviar and blackberries Venissa Restaurant Venice

Risotto with Caviar and Blackberries at Venissa restaurant in Venice

Sauce Milan Food Porn Shrimp white polenta Gritti Palace Venice

Shrimp with white polenta from chef Daniele Turco of the Gritti Palace Epicurean School in Venice.

Sauce Milan Food Porn Tagliolini spider crab caviar gritti palace venice

House-Made tagliolini spider crab and caviar at the Gritti Palace Epicurean School in Venice.

Sauce Milan Food Porn Tiramisu Ratana Restaurant Milan

One of the best tiramisus around, at Ratanà in Milan.

Friday Food Porn: Panino Giusto

Important facts about panini: in Italian, the word panini is plural for panino, just like zucchini is plural for zucchina, and spaghetti is plural for spaghetto. In Italian “hair” is also plural – “capelli“, so this is why I keep referring to “them” when I get a blow-out in an English-speaking country, puzzling my hairdresser greatly.

Other, not as relevant, information about panini: Italians eat panini almost on a daily basis. It is a very popular lunchtime snack – it’s quick, you can eat it at your desk wondering where it all went wrong, for you to be eating an overpriced, soggy panino while proof-reading a company report.

This is really sad because when a panino is good, it’s really great. Panino Giusto, which has several locations all over Milan (and a few more in Japan, Hong Kong and England, while a new opening in Cupertino is planned in a few months), basically single-handedly started the panino revolution in the city 30 years ago – making it so popular that the during the 80s, there was a specific sub-culture of urban, rich kids called paninari. Nowadays, they still make some of the best panini in Milan: great ingredients, perfect proportions (their golden ratio: 1 part bread, 1 part affettato, 1 part vegetables + sauce), a very good bread – now sourdough, whose natural flavor allowed them to scale back 20% of the salt previously used.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, we present you with some swoon-worthy panini by Panino Giusto.

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WASHINGTON : Ham , Soft Goat Cheese , Tomatoes , Black Olive paste

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“Tra i due” is a creation of Michelin-starred Milanese chef Claudio Sadler. The name, which literally means “between the two” was assigned to the “sandwich” back in the Fascist Era, where all foreign names were banned and had somehow to be translated into Italian.
In it: Bresaola (a cold cut made from beef rather then pork), creamy Stracciatella of Burrata, Ligurian olives and zucchini flowers.

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Savoy: Prosciutto Cotto, Mozzarella cheese, Tomato, Arugula and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Red King: Wild Alaska salmon, lemon zest, freshly ground pepper

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Milano 2015: again another creation of chef Claudio Sadler.
Prosciutto, slivers of balsamic vinegar, cream of 27-months aged Parmigiano Reggiano, lettuce, artichoke cream.


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Orientale: Soft goat cheese, mint-flavored grilled eggplants, oven-baked cherry tomatoes, hummus

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Madras (another of Sadler’s creations!) Oven-baked turkey breast, curry-flavored mayonnaise, Songino salad, tomatoes, roasted almonds, black rice popcorn-style

Friday Food Porn: What We Ate

This week, we’ve decided to swipe right in our own phones to find and share some of the best dishes in and around Milan that we’ve had the pleasure of tasting (and photographing!) this year.  So here you go!

Spaghetti colatura di Alice Burro and Alice restaurant milan Franciacorta

Simply superb spaghetti with colatura di alice at Burro and Alice in Franciacorta, just outside Milan.

Beet gnocchi Anche Restaurant Isola Milan

Beet gnocchi with gorgonzola at Anche restaurant in Isola in Milan.

Essenza Best Restaurant Milan Sauce Milan

Chef Eugenio Boer’s spaghetti with mantis shrimp at Essenza restaurant in Milan.

Focaccia di Recco Manuelina Focacceria Duomo Milan

Focaccia di Recco, a Genovese specialty, at Manuelina Focacceria near the Duomo in Milan.

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Pasta with broccoli rabe, Monterosso anchovies, and tomatoes from chef Nico Rizzi at LadyBù restaurant in Milan.

Dispensa Pani e Vini Restaurant Franciacorta

Perfectly al dente pasta at Dispensa Pani e Vini restaurant in Franciacorta.

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Italian Style Breakfast at our dear Pavé, one of the best pasticceria in Milan.

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Scampi Ravioli by chef Cathy Whims at the James Beard American Restaurant at the Seven Stars Galleria in Milan.

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Brazil meets Japan at Temakinho Brera sushi restaurant in Milan.

 

Pasta and Potatoes Sauce Milan

Last, but certainly no least, to-die-for pasta and potatoes by our friend (and panettone expert!) Lydia Capasso!

Food Porn: Dim Sum Restaurant in Milan

Milan is blessed with a vibrant Chinatown that serves up some excellent Chinese food, dumplings included. However, if you’re really looking to splurge on dumplings, the fittingly named Dim Sum restaurant in Milan, which opened in November 2013, serves up some delicious and pretty dumplings in various flavors, shapes, sizes and colors. These beautiful  objects go beyond the basics  and you can see not only see–but also taste– the love, care and detail that goes into the preparation of each and every dumpling Dim Sum Restaurant in Milan’s dumplings make some dandy food porn if we do say so ourselves and we wanted to share these appetite-whetting pictures with you.

As far as dumplings go, Dim Sum restaurant’s in Milan are on the higher price side  and they only come two to an order. However, flavor erupts from each bite, and we highly suggest Dim Sum restaurant in Milan if you’re looking to satisfy a any and all  lavish dumpling cravings.

Dumplings date back to 225 AD in China, during the Era of the Three Kingdoms and here’s a little guide to the three basic types depicted:

  • Jiaozi – Basic, common dumpling. Usually a thinly rolled piece of dough wrapped around a meat, vegetable or seafood filling.
  • Shao Mai – Open faced dumplings.
  • Shao Long Bao – Similar to Jiaozi but with a wrapping that is more bun-like in texture.

Dim Sum Restaurant in Milan; Via Nino Bixio, 29; 02.29522821; Tuesday through Sunday: 12pm to 2.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm; Website   – Jackie DeGiorgio; All photos by Matteo Barro

Spicy Pekinese Dumplings-Dim Sum-Restaurant-Milan

Spicy Pekinee Beef-Filled Dumplings (5 Euro)

Shao Mai-Shrimp Dumplings-Dim Sum-Restaurant-Milan

Shrimp “Crystals” Shao Mai with carrot and rice noodle dough (5 euro)

Shao Mai Beef-Dumplings-Dim Sum Restaurant-Milan

Chianina beef “Shao Mai” with Chives (7 euro)

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Crab + Lobster “Shao Lang Bao” with Carrot Dough (9 euro)

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Shrimp + Perch Fish “Jiaozi” with lime zest (5 euro)

Jiaozi-Grouper Dumplings-Dim Sum-Restaurant-Milan

Grouper + Ginger “Jiaozi” (8 euro)

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrimp and Pork "Shao Mai" with Seaweed and Goji Berries; 5 euro

Shrimp and Pork “Shao Mai” with Seaweed and Goji Berries (5 euro)

Squid and Celery "Shoa Mai" with Squid Ink Dough; 8 euro

Squid and Celery “Shoa Mai” with Squid Ink Dough (8 euro)