If you’ve shopped with us at Morris & Sons, it’s no secret that we are a family of foodies. If you’re visiting Chicago from out of town, there isn’t a chance you'll leave the store without being asked where you’re headed to dinner or if we can offer some suggestions. Need a reservation? We’ve got you covered. No available tables? We’ve got a guy!!
As seriously as we take buying in Italy, we also take the eating very seriously. There are a handful of restaurants we’ve been visiting for years and years and newbies that also have our attention. Here are our favorite things we ate on our most recent buying trip in Italy:
Osteria delle Tre Panche - Osteria Delle Tre Panche translates to the three benches, because the restaurant quite literally has about three benches total in regards to seating. This is one of of favorite meals in Florence, if not all of Italy. If you are a truffle enthusiast, this spot cannot be missed. Highlights of our meal there were the steak tartare with truffle, the spaghetti carbonara, and the Florentine style cheese cake. If there’s one meal we won’t forget in Italy, it’s this one.
Harry’s Bar - Stop here for a spritz or two… and apperetivo before dinner. An old school classic, Harry’s Bar has been around since 1952.
Nino Ristorante - Just a flew block from the Spanish Steps, is Nino Ristorante serving up delicious Tuscan fare with an old school flair. Start with the warm roman style braised artichoke. Then contemplate having another. Finish with the Osso Buco.
Ristorante Tullio - It wouldn’t be a trip to Rome without a stop at Ristorante Tullio. Another old school gem, you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. Order it all— we sure do. Start with the eggplant parmesan, roman artichokes, and giant shrimp scampi. Finish with their simple spaghetti with tomato sauce and osso buco.
Rigolo - Rigolo is one of the most historical and famous restaurants in Milan. Highlights of our meal here were the risotto Milanese and the house made Testaroli pasta with pesto. Save room for the Mont Blanc dessert, which features chestnut purée piled on top of meringue rounds that are topped with whipped cream.
Trattoria Torre Di Pisa - Another stop we always make in Milan. On this trip we loved the risotto milanese with sausage, pesto pasta, and the veal saltimbocca.
Peck - Stop at Peck’s for a simple lunch of delicious of cured Italian meats, cheeses, and simple veggies.
Marchesi - We frequently stop at Marchesi for breakfast or a quick lunch when we’re in Milan. This is also our favorite espresso and Latte in the city. Do not miss their croissant filled with jam or their ham and cheese sandwich.
Nobu Milan - After a week of pasta and risotto, NOBU offers a delicious change of pace. Everything is good here but we love their spicy scallop roll and soft shell crab roll. They also make a very nice spritz.