One of the main reasons to visit Milan, or Italy in general is to enjoy its magnificent culinary culture. So if you are in Milan, forget about fast food and avoid the touristy restaurants. You can still find some authentic and good value eats, close to the main Milan attractions.
Via Terraggio 11 – 20123 Milan – 15 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes by metro
The restaurant Acqua di Mare is located in the heart of Milan, in via Terraggio. rustic setting characterized by a rapid service to tables. It offers mainly specialties of classic Italian sea fish dishes with a contemporary twist.
Lovely outside terrace, right next to Piazza del Duomo – 10 minutes walking distance
Piazza dei Mercanti, 17, 20123 Milan – +39 02 805 2198
“Al Mercante” is placed into the XIII century “House of the Panigarola” former Office of the Charters.
The cooking of the restaurant emphasizes the importance of the Italian and Lombard tradition, with no renounces to different interpretations of the recipies. Considered one of the prides of the traditional cooking in Milan, “Al Mercante” gives you the chance to taste the best versions of the well-known risotto “Milanese” with saffron, polentas, cotolette and braised meat.
Excellent tasting menu with wine pairings – 15 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes by metro
Via Giosuè Carducci, 17 – 20123 Milan – Tel +39 02 866040
Boccondivino dedicates all its time to searching for the best, setting a marvellous journey in the most hidden corners of Italy to discover the tastiest salami or the better riped toma cheese to match the proper wine. Winery is one of the richest and most demanded, thanks to the nine hundred and more “all – Italian” labels: renowned names and precious new entries are on the menu.
A hidden gem right in the centre – 10 minutes by taxi or 15 minutes by metro
Via Manfredo Camperio, 15 – 20123 Milan – Tel +39 02 875107
Elegant decor, in the heart of Milan. Kind and attentive welcome, cared menu with various dishes of meat or fish. Excellent vegetables. Elegance in the presentation of dishes.
For traditional Milanese food – 25 minutes by taxi
Viale Gorizia, 30, 20144 Milano – +39 800 926 007
Milanese specialities and decor or the ancient “trattoria” in Milan: risotto alla milanese, ossobuco and cassöla!
10 minutes walking distance
Via Victor Hugo 4 , 20123 Milano – Tel: +39 02 876774
The internal completely renovated and amplified has been left to the fantasy and knowledge of the two architects Gian Maria and Roberto Beretta that have created an elegant and comfortable environment, enriched by the boiserie of cherry wood that goes around the walls.
The kitchen run by the chef Carlo Cracco offers an innovative cuisine combining the Milanese tradition with a modern touch, creating unique new tastes.
The cuisine of Carlo Cracco is emphasized by a unique wine cellars of 2000 labels, the result of an accurate selection from all the best wines in the international market.
12 minutes walking distance
Pre and Post Theater
Via Filodrammatici, 2 – 20121 Milano – Tel: +39 0279024338
Always attentive student of the La Scala Theatre season, Marchesi has paid great attention to the proposal for fans of La Scala, which can be found at the restaurant an opportunity to break the hunger before the performance or range, or round off the evening at the end of the event.
Starring the bowl of risotto alla Milanese, which is served by a spectacular shopping.
Quiet and romantic – 2 minutes walking distance
Via Bergamini 11 – Via Bergamini, 11, 20122 Milano – Tel +39 02 5830 3843
A cuisine of Mediterranean tradition, proposed by Chef Massimo Pisati equally between courses of fish and meat, with a focus on Lombard specialties. An extensive and careful selection of wines that the Sommelier Marco Contini, is always ready to advise and to propose the best combinations for food / wine. All it accompanied by delicate notes of a piano, always present in the room.
Milan is the home of the Aperitivo and Happy Hour in the city is most definitely a ritual which no Milanese worth his/her salt is prepared to forego. The Aperitivo, the beloved Milanese tradition of pre-dinner drinks, is accompanied by complimentary stuzzichini (finger food) and an all-you-can eat buffet. Spreads range from traditional olives, nuts, cheeses and potato chips to awesome pasta dishes, bruschetta, cold cuts, crudités, raw fish and fruit salads.
20 minutes by metro
Corso Como, 10 – Tel: +39 02 29013581
Lounge bar (with adjoining restaurant) located inside a vast complex dedicated to shopping and entertainment (art, fashion and design) founded in 1990 by the publisher and gallerist Carla Sozzani.
10 minutes walking distance
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II corner of Piazza Duomo – Tel: +39 02 86464435
One century after it was first opened, Camparino – historically known as the “bar of the Campari brand” – has returned to its original spot in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. In the early 20th century it was a meeting place for musicians, artists and men of learning, and the place that gave birth to the tradition of the “Milanese aperitif “.
Piazza Gae Aulenti 4, Milano – Tel: +39 02 63793539 – 20 minutes by metro
This innovative construct has been conceived by “Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors”. This New York design studio launched in 2002 by Robin Standefer and husband Stephen Alesch, puts a premium on aesthetic juxtapositions, high and low, spare and baroque, refined and exotic. Following Replay’s goals as a brand, Roman and Williams has created a signature retail location where Guests will be immersed in the Product, the Process and the Brand-as-Lifestyle, a multi-level experience that is meant to be enthralling, fun, and convey a sense of access to movie magic and the creative process.
It has become one of the most glamour rendez-vous of the milaneses.