Restaurants in Milan
Milan is almost as famous for its cuisine as for its fashion scene, and foodies will be in paradise in this city. Milan's restaurants serve everything from traditional local fare to exotic international cuisine; however, the city is known to be less keen on pasta than the rest of Italy and although there are still sumptuous pasta dishes available there are also more rice-based dishes than the uninitiated might expect. Classic Italian dishes include the usual pastas and pizzas, as well as salumi friuliani (cured meats), risottos and excellent seafood.
Many traditional Milanese restaurants and trattorias (casual Italian eateries) can be found in the Brera, Navigli and city-centre areas. For good pizza when eating out in Milan, try one of the restaurants on Via Palermo. Porta Venezia, Via Victor Hugo and Via Manzoni have more international options, serving Mediterranean, Asian and fusion cuisine.
While there will always be a number of Milan restaurants open to diners, it is best to call ahead for reservations if you are visiting one of the more popular restaurants. Some establishments add a service charge to the bill and if not, a 10 percent gratuity is an acceptable tip. Dining out in Milan can be expensive, but it is extremely rewarding to the palette.
It may be a landlocked city, but somehow Milan manages to get some of the freshest seafood in the country and Da Claudio knows how to prepare it! Affordable and stylish, this is one of Milan's finest fish eateries. Most popular is the mixed pate, consisting of raw tuna, sea bass, salmon, red snapper, sturgeon, shrimp, prawns and cod which is eaten standing at the counter with a free glass of presecco (sparkling wine). Open Mondays from 11.00am to 8.00pm and Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 9.30pm. Closed Sunday. Reservations not accepted.
Address: Via Cusani
Telephone: +39 02 30 56 857
With small tables dotted along the banks of a canal, this trattoria serves simple, hearty and unfussy fare. Guests can sample some Triestino cuisine by starting off with a mixed platter of cured meats called salumi friuliani, from the region famous for the most delicate prosciutto in Italy and the minestrone soup is to-die-for. Other favourites are Triestino sarde in saor (vinegar-kissed fried sardines) and for the carnivores, the manzo in salsa verde (beef in a herb sauce). Closed Sunday lunch and Wednesday dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese 23
Telephone: +39 02 837 3132
This trendy Milan eatery earned itself the distinction of spawning the city's first yuppie scene in the 90s. The clientele are still young but the menu is much more diverse, offering something for just about any taste. Favourites on the menu include risotto with pears topped with a drizzling of balsamic vinegar, and the crabmeat and avocado salads are fabulous. Diners will find the right wine to accompany their meal as the wine list is just about as varied as the menu. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted.
Address: Piazza Mirabello 5
Telephone: +39 02 659 0779
One of Milan's most popular pizzeria is bustling from early dinnertime until the night owls pop by for a late-night snack. The restaurant exudes a wonderfully rustic ambience with exposed copper pipes tracing across the ceilings of rooms overflowing with laughter and long, raucous tables. The wood oven pizzas are excellent while the menu of pastas and meat dishes is equally as appetising. Open Wednesday to Monday for lunch and daily for dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: Via E. De Amicis
Telephone: +39 02 8940 6075
Giorgio Armani and other trendy fashionistas frequent Da Giacomo restaurant, and its elegant dining area was put together by world-famous interior designer Renzo Mongiardino. The menu features a selection of traditional Tuscan cuisine such as grilled turbot, or linguini with scampi and zucchini flowers. Open for lunch and dinner daily, reservations essential.
Address: Via Pascale Sottocorno, 6
Telephone: +39 02 7602 3313
Established in 1933 and located down a narrow lane in one of the oldest sections of the city, the Trattoria Milanese has a three-beamed ceiling sheltering its long, communal tables. Serving traditional local cuisine such as risotto alla Milanese, with saffron and beef marrow, and an excellent minestrone soup, this is a favourite with locals. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, reservations essential.
Address: Via le Gorizia
Telephone: +39 02 835 7670
Linked to the Peck Store, adorned with beautifully modern décor and with masterchef Carlo Cracco at the helm, this is a fantastic choice for a night of fine dining. Serving first class starters and mouth-watering mains, this restaurant was voted one of the world's top 50 by Restaurant Magazine. Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Friday. Mondays and Saturdays the restaurant is open for dinner only. Closed on Sundays.
Address: Via Victor Hugo 4
Telephone: +39 02 876 774
This eatery is the place to be seen! As part of a worldwide chain of exceptional restaurants, this is where trendoids can sample such famous dishes as black cod in misu sauce, as well as sushi and sashimi, while sipping on sake with gold leaf. Closed for Sunday lunch. Reservations essential.
Address: Armani World, Via Manzoni 31
Telephone: +39 02 6231 2645
Anema e Cozze
Famous for its Neapolitan pizzas topped with the freshest selection of seafood, such as clams, mackerel, mussels and sardines, Anema e Cozze is a firm favourite in this neighbourhood. It may not be Milan's most stylish restaurant, but it serves tasty affordable food and the fish infused pastas and other antipasti are also delicious. Bookings advisable.
Address: Via Palermo, 15
Telephone: +39 02 8646 1646
Al Pont de Ferr
'Good cooking is the friend of living well and the enemy of a hurried life' is the welcoming quip you'll find as you open the menu. Known for its tranquil setting overlooking the canal with tables set out on the flagstones, Al Pont de Ferr is famous for its delicious fare. The paste e fagioli is a taste explosion with bits of sausage, and the tocchetti di coniglio (oven-roasted rabbit with potatoes), is a must. Or for those with a taste for cheese, order a tavolozza selection of excellent cheeses accompanied by a great selection of half-bottles of wine. Closed Sundays. Bookings recommended.
Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese 55
Telephone: +39 02 8940 6277
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