Autumn brings with it the desire for intimate settings, where you can dine by candlelight and uncork an excellent bottle of red wine. If you are organizing an evening with this mood in mind, you will hardly find a more suitable place than Belle Donne Bistrot.
Located in via Tortona, in the heart of the homonymous district – known to design enthusiasts for the numerous events that animate the Fuorisalone every year – this place brings the essence of the Florentine tradition to Milan, so much so as to be called the first Tuscan bistro in the city. It’s a project born from the experience of the illustrious Fontani family, a few steps from the banks of the Arno (that’s where the Via delle Belle Donne is located), which has found a new Lombard location not far from the Naviglio Grande.
The location is welcoming and elegant – without being overly formal – and lends itself to different types of evenings, from romantic dates to special family occasions. An exclusively minimal number of seats will guarantee you the full attention of the dining room staff while enjoying dinner sitting on comfortable velvet armchairs around carefully laid tables with quality crockery, mini-lamps with a vintage flair and much appreciated white tablecloths rather than the increasingly popular paper placemats. Details make the difference and it shows.
The menu options are interesting and supported by an excellent wine list: the dishes come from the heart of Tuscany, as evidenced by the Sienese pici, the trio of chianina tartare with foie gras, burrata and guacamole or the excellent veal chateaubriand with fresh porcini mushrooms and raspberries. It then opens up to the rest of Italy from courses of fish (beautiful women’s tuna, raw amberjack or grilled octopus) to the tasty Sicilian arancini broken up on organic date cream, burrata and basil. The contemporary nature of the bistro lies above all in the combination of typical local ingredients with other more international ones such as jalapenos, Camargue foie gras, coconut milk, cumin and passion fruit.
The cuisine is rich and creative and showcases this with their desserts. Those with a sweet tooth will have a hard time choosing between the crunchy chocolate and strawberry compote, the cremino with blackberries, lime and yogurt or the delicate vanilla Bavarian cream. Not to be missed for both taste and scenic presentation is the magical sphere filled with ice cream and berries, which hot chocolate is poured onto before your eyes to melt it and show its heart. Really irresistible.
To conclude the dinner at its best, cantucci and vin santo cannot be missed, best enjoyed while admiring the 1950s-style prints hanging on the walls where you can see the most fascinating women of the period, posters of historical films and famous people. The contrast between the exposed bricks of the load-bearing walls and the design of the metal structures that run through the ceiling is also very visually successful.
After the first dinner at the Belle Donne Bistrot the desire to return will be great: not only to try the dishes on the menu not yet ordered but also to treat yourself to a special evening, with those who continue to keep your company even after you go to bed.