Mirta Trattoria, Milan, 9/8/16

exterior
exterior

Mirta is a small place with a casual atmosphere, that seemed frequented by local, regular customers.  It serves seasonal and creative food without frills that is excellent. It is a family run place with Juan Lema of Uruguay as the main chef and his wife Cristina Borgherini running the front of the house. They make fresh pasta daily and the chef’s attention to detail delivers a tasty, satisfying product to the lucky diner.  The rest of the staff was friendly and helpful, our waitress being particularly helpful in making selections. It was an experience I look forward to having again.  

interior
interior
interior
interior
painting looked at me throughout lunch
painting looked at me throughout lunch
table set up
table set up
menu
menu

 

They have bottled wine but also offer liters, or portions thereof, of a couple different house wines. It was very acceptable as well as reasonably priced. We started with the porcini salad which the kitchen was nice enough to split into 2 bowls for us. It was an excellent start! The grated cheese on top had a wonderful flavor as did the porcini mushrooms. It was lightly dressed and super fresh – just perfect.

Frankie looked over the wine and water
Frankie looked over the wine and water
bread
bread
Insalata di funghi porcini e grana
Insalata di funghi porcini e grana
closer
closer
Frankie wanted some cheese
Frankie wanted some cheese

 

For first plates we had the cheese ravioli in butter sauce.  It was served with additional grated cheese which was a nice accent for the mild dish. Sometimes mild tastes are annoying but in the case here it was nicely done with the rich, subtle taste of the pasta, cheese and butter.  Really good.

Ravioli della casa al burro fuso
Ravioli della casa al burro fuso
inside ravioli
inside ravioli
service area
service area

 

We also had the pasta with leeks, pistachios and zucchini. Another simple dish but with a divine taste. The sauce and the perfectly cooked pasta just melted in you mouth and felt like the ultimate comfort food.

Pasta fresca con porri, zucchine e pistacchio
Pasta fresca con porri, zucchine e pistacchio
Frankie and the bread
Frankie and the bread

 

For main dish I tried the polenta with gorgonzola and caramelized figs. The creamy gorgonzola melted into the cornmeal balls of polenta and combined with the fig produced an amazing taste. My only comment here would have been to want a couple more figs on the dish. The combination of flavors sang with the fig but was dull without that accent.

Polenta di Storo con gorgonzola e fichi caramellati
Polenta di Storo con gorgonzola e fichi caramellati
closer
closer
Chef out to visit friends
Chef out to visit friends

 

The boneless chicken with beans was heavenly.  The chicken had bits of ham inside and was surrounded by beans accented with garlic and carrots.  It was definitely the better of the two dishes and I would order it again without question.

Alette di pollo disossata e ripiene con fagioli in umido
Alette di pollo disossata e ripiene con fagioli in umido
closer
closer
inside chicken
inside chicken

 

For dessert he had made a gorgonzola ice cream with poached pears. Talk about heaven – the tender flavorful pears were warm and melted into the creamy and smooth mildly flavored ice cream. It was absolutely delicious. The mix of textures and temperatures was classic and a delightful way to end a lovely meal.

Pears with gorgonzola ice cream
Pears with gorgonzola ice cream
another view
another view
Espresso
Espresso
Our nice and helpful waitress
Our nice and helpful waitress
Frankie found a radiator in the bathroom
Frankie found a radiator in the bathroom

 

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