Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Autogrill - Milan (Italy)


Planning for a splendour holiday is one thing, hoping for the best is the other. Sometimes, hope can be dashed when the unexpected becomes reality. So far, it has been good in Italy but the last 2 days in Milan was the unexpected. Coach broke down on the first day, by the time help came, evening jam has mounted. There flew out our Milan city tour. The next day, after visiting Lake Lugano, another crawl, back to square one, city tour, again, gone with the wind. By then, shopping seemingly was the only craze for those who thought that Milan is the only shopping paradise compared to RomeFlorenceVenice and Verona. So wrong, how wrong, wrong assumption. I knew it, but why try so hard to tell people, who, no matter what, think they know best. Anyway, all in the game of shopping, we went from one mall to the other, the final was here at Franciacorta Outlet Village Milan.  

I on the other hand have busted my credit card, I also realised that it is cheaper to buy Benetton, Levis, Guess, Calvin Klein etc etc in Malaysia. Also, can you imagine the exchange rate? RM to Euro? Killer! Hence, a few of us walked to the food court to relax over food or drinks. While everyone preferred McDonald's burgers and drinks, I walked into "Autogrill" - the chain of restaurants that serve all highways throughout Italy. From the various types of coffee and Italian fast food, I ordered "Mozzarella Bacon Panini" and a big cup of "Cappuccino", I paid 6 Euros, indeed worth paying because service came with a smile compared to at other eateries we have visited so far.  



Loveable, Panini was fresh. Gooey-wobbly mozzarella cheese atop the ham (I think so) and some rocket salad. Lovely wonderful snack, but I would have sincerely appreciated some chilli sauce. Blame it on my typical Malaysian chilli palates, being the biggest fan of Cappuccino and having tasted it countless time, this one, oh-well, just a nice normal, ordinary hot beverage.  


Friends who tucked into the McDonald's meal also had one general comment - "only tomato ketchup and wonder why no chilli sauce?". We really couldn't figure out why but they still ate and once shopping time was over, we returned to the city for a home style Chinese dinner at Restaurant Ta Hua. Modern deco, not the usual Chinese ambiance, since this will be our last meal in Italy, celebration called for beer while tucking into the various types of not too bad Chinese dishes. And mind you, the sambal I tell you. Rocked my night away, sincerely valued after days and days of not to my liking Italian food. 




Once dinner was over, we were back to the hotel to pack and sleep, next morning, we arrived way earlier at the airport, stood in the long queue for tax exemption and then, a long haul before returning home.  



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21 comments:

  1. d sandwich is really delicious.....
    yummy.....

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  2. I have not seen that many places that serve much of a variety of Panini sandwiches around here. Not sure why. Your sandwich does look tasty.
    We have outlets around here, but they seem to be divided into two types. Upscale ones that sell evening wear and business suits with designer tags and then the casual ones that have stores like the Gap and Old Navy. Glad you enjoyed your visit to the outlet village!

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  3. I think we ate breakfast at one of these along the Almalfi coast...something for everyone! I love your travel segments :)

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  4. This place looks magnificent - definitely need to hit it when I am lucky enough to go to Italy :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. Glad you went with Italian rather than McDonalds!!!

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  6. Take out the bacon, then i can eat. Heheh

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  7. Oh, Nava! You brought back a RUSH of memories here! When I lived in Sicily - the Autogrills were one of my favorite places to go....they had the BEST paninis! Thank you SO much for sharing! This post is a gift for me- I never took photos of an Autogrill when I was there....

    Happy Valentines Day!

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  8. Great alternative to Mc Donalds!! hehehehhe

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  9. That mozarella toasted bread looks like a good idea for breakfast, I will make one tomorrow

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  10. wow
    look very delicious


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  11. i love the bread with mozzarella :) yummy! one of my fave food, plus the portion there looks big

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  12. there's a chinese restaurant in milano, that is owned by a malaysian, the food is really fantastic, got malaysia food & western food as well..

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  13. Sounds like a very good place to eat and relax after (window)shopping! Your panini looks so delicious!

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  14. The Italians have fast food down to a science--well, they have most food down to a science. A panino on the run is a perfect lunch!

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  15. Hi Nava, thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I would love to have a cup of the cappuccino, slurp....
    Have a nice day.

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  16. Wow! I would love to visit this fashion capital someday! One can only dream, ha? :D

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  17. I love Autogrill! If im not mistaken Autogrill is Italy's R&R cuz i remember seeing it along the highways. The best R&R! They do have a lot of choices there! I miss Italy! :)

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