The flavors of Milano's food and the rhythm of the dining room are reminiscent of trattorias in Italy's cities, according to Gourmet Magazine. It is a ... More
The flavors of Milano's food and the rhythm of the dining room are reminiscent of trattorias in Italy's cities, according to Gourmet Magazine. It is a charming, intimate restaurant with an Italian staff, top quality ingredients, homemade pastas, exceptional veal, polenta, risotto, and fresh seafood delivered daily, served in warm surroundings. Known as the "hidden jewel of Russian Hill" The San Francisco Chronicle calls Milano "one of the most consistent restaurants in the city".
This restaurant is consistently great! After 8 hours plus at the office what a perfect place to unwind! The owner greets you at the door, the servers are friendly and know the food and wine. It is one of the rare casual dining places that still uses a white tablecloth, a really nice touch that makes me feel extra taken care of. The servers always can help out with the wine list. Everyone speaks Italian. I like to start with a nice Italian Pinot Bianco by the glass with the fresh grilled calamari appetizer. Big enough to share. The burrata cheese appetizer is the creamiset mozzarella I have ever had. Then I switch to Valle Reale Montepulciano and have the ravioli, last time stuffed with gorgonzola and sausage. Their specials change daily so I never get bored. The best salmon served with fresh asparagus and potatoes. Then we share a tiramisu. Completely relaxed and happy ending to a stressful day!
Owner is a jerk. I have never written a review but felt the need to after my most recent dinner. I live in the neighborhood and have frequented this restaurant; the food is delicious and the waitresses are the best in the city. Tonight, however, the owner just rubbed me the wrong way. We showed up at 6:15 for dinner. Ordered the appetizer and two entrees and two bottles of wine and were there until 8:15. To say the owner was trying to rush us out is putting it mildly. He kept bothering us and checking out the status of our plates and wine glasses. I can appreciate that he wants tables to turn over but dear Mr. Owner, I have supported your restaurant when there was no one in it, so a word of advice....know your patrons and if someone stays a little longer than you expected, back up and give them room. You are a jerk.
From a Chef, married to a chef, whose friends are chef's... Aldo's restaurant serves some of the best food I have ever had in my life in an intimate, neighborhood bistro setting.
D.O.C. Buffalo Mozz, farm fresh produce, fish from the S.F docks, fork tender veal, house-made fresh pasta and gnocchi.
And you feel like you are family when you walk in the door.
If your visit S.F., you gotta go there!! If you live in S.F., I'm jealous!!!
I read so many glowing 5 star reviews about Milano, it was our civic duty to finally eat here. Russian Hill parking is maddening & impossible. Take muni or pay for parking somewhere down on Van Ness and hike up the hill. Our table reservation promptly was honored. Friendly greeting then quickly seated in the cramped front window room. On a busy Sunday night, we waited 25 minutes for a waiter to take our orders. Romano salad was good, light, fresh & crunchy. Minestrone with homemade beef stock equally good. Hankercheif Lasagna was sautée style, not the baked goopy mess you get in Americanized places. Good but a bit watery. Bambie's linguini with cream sauce was powerfully rich & subime! Ricotta dessert tart was warm and tasty. Small glasses of wine at $10-$12 each are way overpriced. Bill for this 90 minutes of fun = $114. Verdict: Very good food, nice service people, cramped & crowded room. I prefer Antica Trattoria located 2 streets away.
Wow! This place is really small! For most people, I suppose that's good. The food is really, really good. The service is quick and polite. The vitello al marscaposo was delicious and highly recommended.
I have been in this neighborhood for 6 months, and just found out about Milano. My Dad discovered it while checking the area out...thanks Dad! We split a delicious mache salad, gnocchi (really really really good,) polenta with veggie toppings and tiramisu. Everything was wondrful, gnocchi was the standout. Our waitress was really funny - she told us about her recent degree in Eastern Medicine and other interesting stuff...
Decor is minimal, but cozy.
Ristorante Milano offers excellent Italian food for a price (the food and atmosphere are worth the $). In fact, it's the best Italian food I've eaten in a restaurant (my buddy Vito's mom in NJ makes the best Italian food I have ever eaten, in case you were wondering). Very romantic place. I recommend the veal.