The Negelio area of Milan borders an old commercial network of canals. It is a popular area for the hip 20s set, but there are so many and varied places to eat, even 50-60-somethings like us found many attractive choices. We picked le Vigne because there were several seafood choices on the menu and a number of Milanise food review decals in the window.
This is NOT a tourist restaurant. We were the only English speaking patrons. The staff was very casually dressed, and it looks like family or friends run the place together. If you want fawning service this is not the place.
We split an imaginative appetizer of scampi, fresh corn kernels and diced apple on a,bed of....cream cheese?! Sounded crazy, tasted delicious. Our mains were fresh turbo encrusted in pistachio crumbs with warm roasted figs; and "ravioli"(more like tortellini) filled with a seafood mixture, in a broth with salmon eggs and hyacinth fronds. I've never had anything like the ravioli.
The wine list sheets were held together with a rubber band, and we were not familiar with many of the wines (mainly northern Italian)' but the waiter recommended a Trentino Warzga-something that was just right.
There are plenty of see-and-be-seen places with outdoor dining in the Negeli, but more than enough gems like this to make the area worth seeking out.
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