Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Restaurant Acanto – Milan - Dining with Royalty

Luxurious surroundings, walls of silk cloth, elaborate woodwork enveloping every corner angle or column, crystal and stained glass chandeliers, heavy silk and satin draperies framing the windows looking into the neatly groomed English garden, are some of the features describing the dining room of the restaurant Acanto located in the hotel Principe di Savoia.

Every city has one restaurant known as the failsafe for the most important occasions. The Acanto is the place in Milan. When the royal families, from all over the world, arrive in Milan, they stay at the Principe di Savoia. The hotel has to be able to offer that highest of quality in dining facilities. Constantly innovating and acquiring the best Italian talent for the kitchen, the menu’ is offers traditional Meneghina (from Milan) cuisine while capable of preparing just about any dish that their clients may desire.

The wine cellar is also extremely well supplied for a restaurant with a wide variety of Italian and French wines. They also are attentive to keep a reserve of those special wines for their best clients. While we could no longer find Sassicaia 1997 in other top-level restaurants, the Acanto had 6 bottles.

The restaurant also caters to the cultural traditions of their clients with theme based evenings on a regular basis. During one of our latest visits the hotel had prepared a Middle Eastern night complete with veils, live music, and belly dancers.

The food is excellent, prepared with the greatest care, delicate yet savory. The traditional dishes from Milan include Ossobuco, Risotto alla Milanese, and Costoletta alla Milanese. Fish is prepared with simple sauces to accentuate the natural flavors and more contemporary dishes will appear over time.

The service is top notch, present but not intruding, and should you desire they will leave you completely alone allowing you to discuss freely whatever business you may have at hand.

The price is not cheap, but is comparable to the quality of food and service. If you have thought about visiting the Mulino in New York, save some money and visit the Acanto in Milan. If you ever wanted to eat like a king, this is the place, you may even find a king or prince at the table next to you.

Principe di Savoia - Acanto
Piazza della Repubblica 17
20124 Milan, Italy

Tel: +39 02 62301


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Blogger ChickyBabe said...

What a stunning restaurant! Must bookmark that for when I visit Milano.

9:28 PM

Blogger a.c.t. said...

Would love to eat there or indeed stay there, but it is very expensive. My uncle is a taxi driver in Milan and most days works from there - he's picked up lots of famous footballers and celebrities.

8:00 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Chickybabe- It is a destination to keep in your black book.

Act- Yes, it is expensive and exclusive, footballers, kings & queens, stars, investment bankers are all part of the normal clientelle. Relatively speaking it is not as expensive as say Mulino in New York and is significantly better. If you are going to go top line then save your money on the imitation and go for the real thing!

8:12 AM


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