La Cucina dei Frigoriferi Milanesi is a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant that's a little off the beaten path. We had to take a car to reach this restaurant. It wasn't within walking distance of our hotel (which was located right in the center of the city next to the Duomo).
However, I was drawn to La Cucina dei Frigoriferi Milanesi because they promoted a "slow food" philosophy. More vegetables and seafood, some meat, but not a ton.
We were also blown away by the amazing value. The tasting menu is only 36 EUROS and includes bread, antipasto, a "primo" (pasta dish), and a "secondo" (meat dish), plus a dessert. The ambiance was warm and cozy, the service was good, the food was very tasty, and the price was incredible.
Certainly worth the car ride! Here's our tasting menu!
We started with a crispy saffron risotto (Milanese style!) "cake" topped with calamari, zucchini, and a lemon and herb sauce. Perfectly executed, light, and flavorful.
These Croquettes came with the restaurant's own housemade ketchup. They were perfectly fried (and delicious!), though I thought six croquettes was a lot for two people!
I was almost half full after this course.
The next "primo" course was a smaller portion. Pasta with a white meat sauce, was very tasty, and the texture of the pasta was excellent.
For the "Secondo", we had a pan seared duck breast with roasted pear, leeks, and duck jus. It was nicely executed.
We tried four different cheeses.
A simple dessert: gelato with chocolate "chips".
General Thoughts - La Cucina dei Frigoriferi Milanesi
La Cucina dei Frigoriferi Milanesi was a lovely place to relax after a long day of touring around Milan. The food was authentic, made with heart, high quality, and delicious! Prices seem like they are from another era. It's certainly worthy of its "Bib Gourmand" status, being a restaurant that has "good quality, good value".