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 the reality. So far, it has been good in Italy but the last 2 days in Milan was the unexpected. The coach broke down on the first day and by the time help came, the evening jam has mounted and there went the Milan city tour. The next day after visiting Lake Lugano, another crawl and again, gone with the wind the tour. By now shopping seemed the only thing for those who thought that Milan is the only shopping paradise compared to RomeFlorenceVenice and Verona. How wrong!!. Despite going from one shopping mall to the other, the final hope was here at Franciacorta Outlet Village Milan.  

I on the other hand have busted my credit card. Moreover, cheaper to buy Benetton, Levis, Guess, Calvin Klein etc etc in Malaysia, also, paying in Euro means paying more. 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", paid 6 Euros inclusive for service with a smile which so far has been quite rare at most of eateries we have been to so.      



Loveable and appreciated, the Panini was fresh and the gooey-wobbly mozzarella cheese atop the ham (I think so) and with some rocket salad, a wonderful snack (see picture) but I would have appreciated some chilli sauce. Again said, I  loved it and the Cappuccino, wasn't any different to the Malaysian type but sure, nice hot beverage.  


The 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 the shopping was over, we came back to city for a home style Chinese dinner at Restaurant Ta Hua. A modern deco and sort of a different ambiance compared to the Chinese restaurants in Malaysia, as this was our last meal in Italy, it was sort of a celebration with the various types of not too bad Chinese dishes for rice, free flow of beer and that sambal I truly appreciated after days of days of Italian food. 




After this nice meal, we were back to the hotel to pack up and the next morning, we arrived way earlier at the airport, stood in the long queue for tax exemption and 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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