Walking on corso di Porta Romana you will easily realise that this area, for some years now, has been populated with all kinds of bars and restaurants that have discreetly opened their doors without radically changing the vocation to tranquility of this residential district of Milan. A real food district which starts from the sixteenth-century door in via Muratori: in this small side street, at number seven, a new place has recently opened, which I honestly admit is hard to notice. There is no sign and it only has two small shop windows, one of which is the kitchen. We are in Milano Amore Mio.
You should not be fooled by appearances because stopping here to eat or just to drink coffee could be a new sensorial experience. Firstly it should be pointed out that MAM’s cuisine is strictly vegetarian: those of you who, like myself, do not marry this nutritional philosophy, once again should not be carried away by prejudice. The dishes are well-finished and they have an exciting and precise taste.
In a warm and modern art inspired environment it might happen to sit at the table with other customers but everything will happen normally and without embarrassment because MAM is one of those places where sharing is as much legitimised by those who attend it as it is by those who manage it.
Music from the ’60s, in full accordance with the design decor (chairs included) will do the rest. And at this point the journey through MAM’s treats can begin, a real gem. A black lentis soup with sourdough homemade bread, a pumpkin flan with gorgonzola cream and paprika, a berries pie with homemade cream: these are the dishes that mostly impressed my palate, all served with an attention to details that made the experience more engaging (the antique squared bottles, rustic bowls and Sambonet cutlery).
Lastly the coffee, another excellence of sophistication: it is selected every week from various mixtures from all over the world. It should be drunk without sugar and it remains in the mouth for a long time, like the pleasure that you feel while drinking it.
MAM is the result of the work of three partners, Maddalena Monti, Veronica Pecorini and Corrado Bonfanti: among their successful enterprises they also boast Cuore bar and the vintage shop Cavalli e Nastri for men, two cult places in via Giangiacomo Mora.
Visiting Milano Amore Mio gave me the feeling of diving into a potpourri of things, of impressions, of lives: those that I have drawn from scraps of speeches that I have heard in a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Milan. Once I got out I thought, probably like the creators of this restaurant did, that I love Milan, that it is an amazing city and its beauty lies in the little things and in the constant discovery of new places to which you can become attached.
Photo credit: Federica Santeusanio.