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Milan: .Take away: Antica Salumeria Laghetto

Via Laghetto, 3 , Phone: +39 02 76316698
Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: Alice Twain from Italy, review #2173

When: 2006

A small cheese and cured meats shop that sells the best panini in Milano!

Directions: Walk to the right of the apse of the duomo into Piazza Fontana, than right again, crossing via Larga and down along via festa del Perdono. The big building in front of you is Università Statale (worth visiting the oldest part and the far end). Turn left towards Piazza Santo Stefano and right again into via Laghetto. It's a five minutes walk.

Not exactly a restaurant, this tiny grocery, a combination of deli, cheesemonger, cured meats shop and wine seller, has made a business of preparing some of the best panini in Milano for the nearby university students. Do not expect those baroquely ornate panini you can find in most places, here you will find only the plainest and best: fresh bread filled with a single choice of the most perfect cured meats and cheeses.

The front room has a small refrigerated counter where the food is displayed and a few shelves with first-choice foods from thoughout Italy. In the back there is a small but very interesting selection of Italian wines and foods, and a few tables tall enough for you to eat on foot. if you prefer to sit, the best option is to take out your choices and sit on the steps in front of the university with the students.

The panini cost from €2.90 (prosciutto di San Daniele, coppa di Pianello Valtidone, pancetta, speck...), to €3.90 (salame di Felino, culatello di Zibello, lardo di colonnata with honey...) all the way up to the choicest Ballota Spanish ham at €9. Selected cheeses, like burrata di Andria, are an alternative for vegetarian panini. €1.50 more will afford you a glass of wine from one of the bottles on diplay on the table. If you prefer more traditional food, a smal selection of pasta, meat dishes and vegetable sides is also available.

My suggestion, though, is to have a simple panino with culatello, the king of all Italian cured meats, and savor its silky softness and intense but delicate flavor.

After you had your pick with the food, you will be able to consider shopping the excellent selection of foods and wines available, which includes fresh egg pasta and ravioli from the Freddi bakery in Mantova, Martelli dry pasta, Pistocchi chocolate cakes, and much, much more.

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