9990 Mt. Baker Highway
Mon-Fri 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat-Sun 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
It seems strange, now, to think that just a generation or two ago, Italian cuisine was something exotic; that terms like prosciutto, antipasto and cappucino were unfamiliar to many Americans. Today, in the early part of the twenty-first century, a cappucino is something you buy at the corner gas station and excellent Italian food can be found even in tiny mountain towns. I'm referring, of course, to Milano's.
Milano's Market & Deli in Glacier has been around since 1990. What it lacks in elegant decor, it more than makes up for in authentic Italian taste. The pasta - fettucine, linguine, rotini, whatever the shape - is fresh and al dente. We tried one of the daily specials: seafood fettucine. The dish was heaped with huge shrimp, calamari, and fat mussels nestled on top of pasta in a tomato wine broth.
Milano's menu includes classics such as lasagna and eggplant parmagiana, as well as intriguing combinations such as foriana, which is linguine tossed with garlic, anchovies, raisins, chilies, extra virgin olive oil and pine nuts. Warm bread accompanies the entrees, along with a dish of balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping - an authentic and appetizing touch in an Italian restaurant.
For dessert, what else but tiramisu? It was juicy without being soggy (juicy is good; soggy is bad) and generously sized so that two could share. The wine list is small but well rounded and, interestingly, lists both the retail and restaurant price of each bottle.
I mentioned the utilitarian decor - this is a fairly casual place, with a small dining room. The best place to eat, weather permitting, is on the patio. We watched the nearby hills change color, from dark green, to pink and gold as the sun went down. Swallows swooped and darted. The wine was good, the bread warm, the pasta excellent, the conversation rising and falling from the filled tables around us. All in all, a pleasant way to spend an evening.
From Bellingham, follow Sunset Drive east, until it becomes Mt. Baker Highway, or Highway 542. Drive east 33 miles to the town of Glacier. Milano's is on your left.
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