Milano first opened its doors in the capital in 1995 and since then, Dubliners' love for pizza and pasta has risen to new heights, also seeing many more of their restaurants open up across Dublin. Their recipe of mixing great food and special deals has us returning time and again.
In a refreshingly unusual way for a restaurant chain, every Milano restaurant has its own distinctive style and personality that separates it from the other venues. Every location has a relaxed and sociable atmosphere to accompany the great food, which lends itself to so many occasions and with its regular offers, it keeps us coming back for more. It is a great place to meet friends for a catch-up, a pre-event meal offer, or a casual lunch. Children aren't forgotten either and have their own menu, paper hats and colouring.
It's also clear that Milano also has the customer in mind when they create their menu with options for all tastes and dietary needs, and with offers that also please the wallet. Finding good gluten-free meals can be hard but Milano offers a range of gluten-free meals with several pizza bases available and various other dishes. And for those wanting to count the calories or just want a lighter option, Leggera pizzas are available, too. This is a type of pizza with the middle replaced by a fresh salad with a light dressing, all under 600 calories. Or there's the Leggera Superfood Salad. This deliciously fresh salad is a great source of fibre and protein and under 500 calories. They even offer a range of bases to suit those who prefer a bigger, thinner and crispier pizza in their Romana range, which is my favourite.
But Milano is not just about pizza - they have some pasta, risotto and salad dishes to tempt us too. I love their classic lasagna but the Pollo Pesto is one of my favourites - a pasta dish combining chicken, mushroom, and onion in rich and creamy cheese and pesto sauce. Or when I fancy something a bit different I opt for the Risotto Primavera, a rice dish created with asparagus, white wine, and Gran Milano cheese. But sometimes only a nice a fresh salad will do, like Nicoise with tuna, white anchovies, baby capers, black olives, free-range egg, seasonal mixed leaves, cucumber and fresh tomatoes, with house dressing, and accompanied with the all-important dough sticks.
To make the most of any visit it's best to check out the latest deals on Milano's website where time-limited offers can often get you a starter and main for a reduced price or a percentage off your meal.
For the little people, they have great offers on the Piccolo menu, with dough balls and crunchy salad pieces to start. They can choose a pasta dish, salad or pizza, which can satisfy the pickiest of children with creating your own toppings. And no meal is complete without a dessert of a sundae, brownie or fruit ice lolly.
Milano also delivers more than just a standard restaurant offering with its special offer packages for schools and pizza parties. School visits to Milano are well established and present a great adventure for the children as the restaurant is transformed into their classroom so that they can learn about pizza making. Children's parties are also available where the children get to be messy and make their own dinner.
But these party deals are not just for children. A great night can be had by any group playing the pizza challenges, throwing dough and creating your own pizza with a glass of bubbly in hand. Definitely a recipe for a great night in my book! So now that you know everything you can get from Milano, it's time to knock at Deliveroo's door and start ordering!