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The Asmara is the oldest and most famous African restaurant of Milan: it is, most properly, an Ethopian restaurant opened in 1983.
Asmara is in Lazzaro Palazzi Street, near Porta Venezia (First/Red underground line) a street taht crosses the main street called Buenos Aires (a street where you can do for shopping, because it ia full of clothes and shoes shops, also at a cheap prices).
If you want to go to Lazzaro Palazzi street by feet, for example from Duomo square, you must go down Vittorio Emanuele Street and Corso Venezia (the street with the planetarium), then up to Buenos Aires main street: the second cross-road on your left is Lazzaro Palazzi street.
With a car you must go down Europa street, because you can't go along Vittorio Emanuele street by car.
Near the restaurant you'll find no parking places, as Lazzaro Palazzi is a very narrow and full of traffic street.
The restaurant is quite small (50 places, more or less), but it is very clean, nice and warm.
The service is quick and carefully. the waiters are all from Africa, they speak Italian and Frenc, but I don't know if they speak also English.
In any case they are accustomed in explain the features of the different dishes that the restaurant offers.
The menu, as I can remember, is written only in Italian and in ...Swahili... (good luck!) and it offers basically one main curse called 'Zighině' available in different versions.
There is a Zighini made of beef meat, mutton meat, donkey meat, and also a version without meet.
The dish is composed from small pieces of meet and mixed vegetables (carrots and chick-peas), that lay on unlivened bread. The bread is thin and spongy, and you can use it as a clip to bring the pieces of food. (Beware: they don't give you cutlery, if you don't ask, because people in this restaurant eat normally with hands.)
The dish is very spicy, (if you prefer something less spicy, just ask for the 'children version') because it is covered with a sauce called 'Anissat', made of chilli peppers, (in case, you have the possibility to join more Anissat) and the spongy bread absorbs the sauce.
The menu also offers variuos hors-d'oeuvre and some typical Arab dishes (cous cous in different versions), plus a choice of African and Arab sweetmeats. (If you want something special, ask for the sesame...)
They also have a good choice of Italian wines (but wines are very expensive and didn't fit so well with this sort of food) and a good pale ale draught beer.
The prices aren't exaggerate (otherwise I couldn't eat there every month or more), you can eat with approx. 15.00/20.00 Euros.
The restaurant opens at 11.00 a.m. and closes at 02.00 a.m., and the weekly day of closure is Wednesday.
What more? Oh, yes! If you want to go there for an evening dinner you have to book.
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