Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Milanese Institution

So after a week and a half of mentoring the new intern, the last day came and my role ended. I hugged, I cried and I gave out mini cacti as gifts (they don't die as easily as flowers and they're unisex!)

A couple of my colleagues persuaded me to go for lunch with them one last time and the four of us headed out into the sunshine where we feasted on chilli and garlic spaghetti and baked eggs with mozzarella and courgettes. They also ordered me a litre of red, a coffee with a shot of grappa and a glass of Jagermeister. Lucky me.

On the way home, I popped to Exeter for a few days where the only photos I took were awful drunken ones of me with my friends. Who knows, maybe I'll reveal them to the public at some point.

And then today I arrived in Margate and have been playing with little Bertie, our new cocker spaniel puppy, for the last five hours.

He's a bit of a livewire and doesn't know how to pose for photos but we'll get there. First, I have a horrendously huge backlog to get through from the past, wonderful year.

Spontini is famous in Milan for its deep pan pizza. You just rock up to one of their 'restaurants', get ushered to a cramped table and are given the choice between a normale or abbondante (big). You choose the latter, get presented with a beast of a deep pan slice, work your way through it with a tankard of beer to help and then ushered back out again when your plate is empty for the next customer.

Pizza A Pezzi dishes up similar fare but there are a couple of differences...

  1. You can choose different toppings
  2. You can book a table

Magro has been coming here for years. Back in his Kung Fu days, he'd be in at least once a week with the guys and gals from the gym to chug litres of beer and eat slice after slice of deep pan goodness. I don't know where he puts it...

The slices are, after all, pretty humungous. Especially if you're greedy like us and order the extra large serving.

But it's a great place to go with friends and have a chat and a beer in an informal atmosphere, knowing you can stay there for as long as you like without being chucked out for the next in line. I do love Spontini but sometimes, lingering is the only way to tackle pizza like this!

But apparently not if you're Martina who defiantly exclaimed she would never be able to eat it all at the beginning but definitely ate it all before I did.

I tried to kid myself it was healthy by smothering it in fish and veg. Every little helps...

Proof that Martina ate more quickly than I did:

This is the problem with my dear friend. She is deceptively skinny. I take her out for dinner and rub my hands in glee when she orders something I fancy. There's no way she'll finish it!

Of course she does, every single bloody time.

And then she has room for dessert.

Some people eh?

We'll see how she fares when I introduce her to fish and chips in two weeks time... bring it on Marty.


  1. Some people indeed eh?! Sounds like one of my skinny friends who is like a dustbin, he eats everything in sight and I just don't know how he does it!! Those pizzas look amazing though, I can see why you'd try to force down every last morsel, full or not!!!

    Marie X

    1. Haha it's soooo hard though, it's all deep pan and cheesy! Martina is coming tomorrow so the onslaught of English food will begin! xxx

  2. Yummy this looks good it is a sign of a great meal when the portions are big and you manage to polish them off. This is wonderful comfort food Lucy x

    1. It's brilliant comfort food and now all English pizza tastes crap haha. Will have to go again when I head back to Milan! xxx

  3. Wow, you must have such mixed feelings about finally going home and leaving Milan! It really looked like the most AMAZING experience. Your Italian friends must be so excited to visit you in England sometime though. Bring on the fish and chips!

    1. Yes, bring them on!! I'm having them tomorrow for dinner with my Italian friend haha :) everything planned to a T... xxx

  4. I'm hopefully going to begin studying Italian in September so your blog is right up my street! Not to mention this post has made me seriously hungry... xxx

    1. Haha thanks! Good luck starting your Italian adventure, it's such an amazing language to learn xxx


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