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New Spot: Caffe Milano

April 17, 2015

Caffè Milano, which opened in early March, is the Union group’s latest venture. Situated in the same block of Grand Indonesia as its sister outlet Union Deli, Caffè Milano underlines the fact that you don’t have to travel all the way to Italy to enjoy genuine Italian dishes.

Welcomed by warm, rustic interiors, bustling Caffè Milano transports you to a classic Milanese ‘trattoria’. Inspired by his home in Bergamo, North Italy, Head Chef Luca Pezzera has put all of his heart and creative flair into preparing truly authentic flavours in each course, from antipasti to dessert. Indeed, it seems that Chef Luca’s reputation precedes him as the restaurant was overflowing with curious gastronomes when we visited on only their second day of business.

As we looked over the menu, we found a delightful yet overwhelming array of classic Italian cuisine, and as we were not sure what to order, we went with Chef Luca’s recommendations. Our lingering lunch began with “Fresh Puglia Burrata” of fresh tomato, basil and extra virgin olive oil. We loved the silky texture of the Burrata (a traditional Italian cheese, similar to mozzarella), which was light and creamy with a herbaceous kick from the basil. Another stand-out appetizer was “Homemade Casonsei with Pancetta, Butter and Sage,” a type of stuffed pasta, similar to ravioli.

As we looked over the menu, we found a delightful yet overwhelming array of classic Italian cuisine, and as we were not sure what to order, we went with Chef Luca’s recommendations. Our lingering lunch began with “Fresh Puglia Burrata” of fresh tomato, basil and extra virgin olive oil. We loved the silky texture of the Burrata (a traditional Italian cheese, similar to mozzarella), which was light and creamy with a herbaceous kick from the basil. Another stand-out appetizer was “Homemade Casonsei with Pancetta, Butter and Sage,” a type of stuffed pasta, similar to ravioli.

Caffè Milano’s signature dessert “Cannoli Siciliani” features traditional tube like pastries filled with ricotta cream – crispy on the outside and creamy and sweet in the centre!

The secret in Chef Luca’s dishes lie in the freshness of his ingredients, simplicity of the Italian dishes, and perfected cooking techniques. It wouldn’t surprise us if Caffè Milano becomes one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the city.

Caffè Milano | Central Dept. Store , Ground Floor, Grand Indonesia, East Mall | T: +62-21 2358 0638

Text Khamila Mulia | Photos Famil Ramandyta

Published in Now! Jakarta April 2015.