Sadler/Chic'n Quick, Milan
Tel: 39 02 5810 4451 (Sadler)
Tel: 39 02 8950 3222 (Chic'n Quick)
Concierge.com's insider take:
Probably the most famous Milanese chef after Gualtiero Marchesi, Claudio Sadler was sitting pretty with two Michelin stars and a suave city-center restaurant until 2007, when he surprised everyone by moving shop to a relatively down-market stretch of the Naviglio Grande, one of the industrial canals that bisect Milan's southwestern suburbs. Here he opened two restaurants supplied by a single kitchen—upscale, evening-only Sadler, and casual, cut-price offshoot Chic'n Quick. With its more formal table settings, modern theatrical decor, and full-on service, Sadler is the place for a big gourmet night out, while Chic'n Quick, as the name implies, is less demanding—though the food is still authentically Sadler (i.e., creative Italian, with carefully sourced ingredients, high on cooking technique but low on foams and other molecular pyrotechnics). In fact, a Chic'n Quick dish, such as the whole-wheat cannelloni filled with veal stew, burrata, and chanterelle mushrooms, is fully up to the standard of the mothership. So unless you're celebrating a special occasion or are a fundamentalist foodie, we suggest starting your Sadler experience with baby bro—where a three-course à la carte meal comes in at around a third of what you'd pay chez Sadler. Both avatars have fine wine lists, with an excellent by-the-glass selection.
Sadler open Mondays through Saturdays 7:30 to 11 pm.
Chic'n Quick open Mondays 7:30 to 11 pm; Tuesdays through Saturdays 12:30 to 2 pm and 7:30 to 11 pm.