Nando Milano Trattoria

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Nando Milano Trattoria
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Nando Milano

The stakes for a neighborhood Italian restaurant of this ilk are, for better or for worse, not especially high. So if you're looking for charm and/or carbo-loading, this may be the place for you. If you have even the most minimal standards for Italian food, though, Nando Milano will be a disappointment. Tomatoes are of the whitish, tasteless version; asparagus topped with two fried eggs is completely unseasoned; gnocchi is wet and gummy. The best dish on the menu is hunks of ripe melon strewn with marbled prosciutto. What are we to make of this? That maybe Nando Milano should steer clear of the stove top.


Venue name: Nando Milano Trattoria
Address: 2114 W Division St
Cross street: between Hoyne Ave and Leavitt St
Opening hours: Lunch (Friā€“Sun), dinner (closed Mon)
Transport: El stop: Blue to Division. Bus: 49, 50, 70.
Price: Average main course: $20
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I decided to try this place since I heard they make all their pasta from scratch, and after I went I was surprised to see what people have written about this place. To me, this place is absolutely amazing! The first thing you see is the huge patio seating out in front right on division st with great lighting. When you walk into the small restaurant it's dimly lit and very romantic. The first thing I noticed was the chef hand cranking the pasta!!! We get a table outside and greeted by our charming waiter who gave us some great recommendations and helped us with our wine pairings. We started with the crispy saffron rice balls and they were amazing. My favorite was the one stuffed with bolognese ragout and smoked mozz. We also got a salad to share with spinach, pears, pine nuts, pecorino and a shallot vinaigrette. 

They have some great seafood options, and clearly put a focus on freshness, but we had to get the pasta. My date went with the bucatini that is tossed in pecorino and ricotta cheese. I was able to try her dish and did not want to give it back. Being someone who makes their own pasta, I decided on the pappardelle since it is usually a pasta people over cook because of how wide it is. They nailed it! It was cooked al dente and had a terrific bite to it, and the sundried tomato/white wine sauce was the perfect compliment.

The whole night was a success and I have been raving about it to everyone. I highly recommend this place to any pasta lover.