True to its name, the new sit-down restaurant is dedicated to the cuisine of Milan. As a result, the menu veers away from the pizzas and pastas that dominate Eataly’s other restaurants and instead skews towards the rustic, meaty fare that’s characteristic of northern Italian cuisine.
Trattoria Milano is helmed by Eataly Toronto’s executive chef Rob Wing and new head chef Luca Lussoso (Stelvio), who grew up in Milan.
You can expect hearty dishes like Salsiccia di Cinghiale e amarone, a savoury risotto featuring housemade wild boar sausage and amarone wine. Mains include Cotoletta alla Milanese, a milk-fed veal chop finished with sea salt and lemon; and a show-stopping osso buco with braised bone-in veal shank and saffron risotto. The latter is served family-style.
Wines, naturally, are mainly from northern Italy to match the menu. Signature cocktails include the Sbagliato Rosa, a spin on a negroni sbagliato made with Campari, Cocchi Rosa and sparkling rosé.
Trattoria Milano is set on the second of Eataly’s three floors in a curtained-off space that feels removed from the hustle-and-bustle of the massive Italian marketplace.
Decked out in brown leather and hunter green, the restaurant’s understated mid-century modern decor looks to channel Milan’s timeless elegance. Walls are decorated with work by artists with some connection to Milan. Plus, the restaurant plans to unveil a cultural event programming line-up in the coming weeks.
Trattoria Milano opens Feb. 6. Trattoria Milano will be open Monday to Sunday for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. and will open for lunch later this winter.