Il Rosa al Caminetto is the restaurant of a 4 star hotel behind the Duomo, in the very centre of Milan. Thanks to Marcello Forti, a young entrepreneur and new dad, the restaurant has taken a turn and become quite family friendly.
First of all, children under 8 eat free on any day, lunch or dinner. Then they have a big amount of crayons, markers and colouring books which they will happily bring to the young customers to keep busy while waiting for their meals…or while waiting for their parents to eat their own (a rare thing to find in Milan!).
We were there on a Sunday lunch when they serve an Italian version of brunch. There was a starter buffet with cheese, cold cuts, salads, quiche and grilled vegetables. This was followed by an entree and a main course, and we finished the lunch with a trip to the dessert trolley!
The Sunday brunch is meant to be a family affair so on these occasions some toys are brought out — there were cars, a doll house and a play kitchen with pots and pans.
The décor is not too modern I’m afraid but the new Louis Ghost chairs by Philippe Starck have made the room look definitely less stuffy, and the location cannot be beaten: totally in the middle of the tourist and shopping attractions of Milan!