At the time, pizza here was a choice between delivery or restaurants like Pizza Hut, which were very much in the fast food, processed end of the market. Milano was a breath of fresh air with their range of fresh and delicious recipes, all cooked in plain site in state of the art kitchens, and very cool and trendy settings.
Milano opened its Cork restaurant in January 2000. Nestled on Lower Oliver Plunkett St, Milano Cork is in the heart of the old City and oozes charm and atmosphere. The building in which the restaurant operates was once a fruit and vegetable warehouse but is now spacious and airy featuring clean, uncluttered lines and an open plan kitchen which allows customers to witness pizza perfection.
The Milano Cork team are led by Gemma Barry, and it is obvious from the atmosphere that efficiency and friendliness are a top priority. All of the team members are trained to the highest level of standards including Barista and Piazziolo training so you know you can expect quality service and food when dining.
The menus see regular changes, with celebrity chefs coming on board from time to time to introduce dishes that are particular to different Italian regions, while Milano have adapted their menus to meet the needs of customers. Insights resulted in the introduction of Romana pizzas which feature a thin and crispy base and the innovative Leggera range which sees a lighter pizza that is perfect for those who like to watch what they eat.
Milano Cork also reaches out to the community of Cork city and county. The restaurant is now famous for school visits which sees local primary schools visiting the restaurant to experience all aspects of restaurant trade including; food safety and food handling which culminates in a pizza making session where they get to put their new experiences into practice.
Local artists also feature in Milano Cork with art students allowed to display and sell their works in the restaurant.
Milano have been one of the most successful food chains to operate in Ireland at any time, and in fairness it is down to the quality of their food more than anything. For a pizza, you will find it hard to do better.