You can’t say you have been to Italy without tasting some Prosicutto!
Continuing from my last blog post about the aperitivo in the absolutely stunning Palazzo di Paragi, my friend and I were still quite hungry afterwards, as the portion of the snacks were quite small, so we have decided to go and find somewhere for a late dinner. It is actually quite difficult to find restaurants that are still open at 10pm, but we managed to find this gem – “La Prosciutteria”! The name probably suggested a lot of what this restaurant is about, yes, you are correct, it’s a place that serves the famous Italian ham “Prosciutto”.
La Prosciutteria is about a 10 minutes walk from Palazzo di Paragi, and is situated on this street full of restaurants and little boutiques. By the time we got there was already 10:30pm, and the place is still full! We waited for about 15 minutes before we were seated in this cutely decorated homey restaurant. According to my friend who lives in Milan, this place is always full all day round! There must be something very good about this place, it’s time for me to check it out!
Before I talk about this restaurant, let me just give you some fun facts about Prosciutto – “Prosciutto, which translates to ham in Italian, is made only from the hind legs of pigs and is aged during a dry-curing process. There are typically two types of prosciutto: prosciutto cotto, which is cooked, and prosciutto crudo, which is uncooked and is most popular to enjoy on its own, wrapped around fruit, or used on charcuterie boards.” (What is Prosciutto?)
Now, back to the restaurant, I must say I love the decoration of this place! It is so unique and warm, makes you feel like you are having a meal at a friend’s place! The staffs were super friendly as well, which makes the place even warmer!
I especially like the arch shaped hallway here, separating the front of the restaurant – which consist of normal table seating, cash counter & the meat cabinet, and the back of the restaurant – which are tables with low seats & the bar seating area.
This place serves all type of ham and cheese, and their signature dish is the charcuterie boards (ham and cheese platter), which includes different types of hams, salads, cheese, and pickles. It is a great tasting sampler for those who don’t know much about the different types of ham, or if you just want to taste a bit of everything!
The board comes in different sizes, and you could add on extra meat/cheese/veggie if you have a favourite in particular. However, please bear in mind that their portion is quite generous, so it may not be necessary to order extra. The charcruterie boards starts from €10/2 people. The one in the picture is the “Lunch/Dinner Big Board for 2”, which is €20/2 people. The wine here is also very cost friendly, at €2.50 for a glass of house wine, I don’t know who can beat this price!
So, whether you here with friends for a gathering, or after a late night snack like us, this place would be suitable for all. The restaurant is open from 11am to 1am daily, so even if you are a tourist on a tight schedule, you shall be able to fit it in.
PS. How can I forget to mention that at “La Prosciutteria”, they only use fresh Italian produces thru-out their menu? Not to mention, a lot of them are from the Tuscan region too – food and wine! Yum yum yummmm! You can even buy some of the products home if you like them!