You know the restaurants will be good when you put Milan in the title!
In a country that has one of the finest cuisines worldwide you can always expect to eat well, but Milan offers some exceptional restaurants that are culinary destinations in their own right. This Milan city guide will take you through some of the best restaurants in town, that deserve your visit for sure! Are you ready to get hungry?
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Nobu Milan is a marriage from heaven combining high Italian fashion of Armani with world-renowned sushi. On the ground floor, in the casual lounge bar, sip cocktails accompanied by a selection of sushi. For a new sophisticated experience book a table on the first floor and order from a sumptuous menu designed by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
This family restaurant, run by Aimo and Nadia, has become one of the top restaurants in Milan, having been awarded two Michelin stars. The tasting menu is the best way to sample Aimo and Nadia’s knowledge and love of Tuscan cuisine. It includes subtle Italian flavored dishes such as sirloin of veal mountain Fassona. At this Michelin star restaurant in Milan, the walls are covered with bold abstract artwork and the service is impeccable.
High fashion and local business meet in this understated yet stylish restaurant found on an anonymous residential street just 15 minutes from the historical center. Speak to any local about where to eat and they will often tell you Giacomo is one of the best places to eat in Milan. While dining among Milan’s elegant locals, don’t be surprised if you see Giorgio Armani or Orlando Bloom enjoying the cuisine too. If you’re not looking out for celebrities the decor is something to be marveled at: celadon-colored walls, bookshelves, and a striking mosaic floor provide exquisite surroundings. The cuisine is seafood prepared with wonderful Italian simplicity.
One of the most awarded restaurants in Milan, Cracco has received the prestigious two-Michelin-star award and has been listed in San Pellegrino’s 100 best restaurants awards. As a result, many people consider this to be Milan’s best restaurant. Chef Carlo Cracco is actively updating Milanese cuisine. Sample his renowned egg yolk spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, and chili or black cod glazed with honey, coffee, and broccoli. Expect these dishes to be well accompanied by the finest wines by the restaurant’s award-winning sommelier.
La Veranda at The Four Seasons
The garden of the Four Seasons hotel is a fabulous backdrop to this gourmet restaurant making it one of the most romantic restaurants in Milan. The menu incorporates both true Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes, using locally and seasonally sourced produce. Expect dishes like the Figs-stuffed quail with roasted goose liver escalope.
The seasonal menu at Un Posto a Milano is simple, fresh and elegant, much like its digs in a restored 18th-century farmhouse. Chef Nicola Cavallaro sources produce from local farms and crafts dishes that ooze understated excellence. In the summer, grab a table on the outdoor patio or in the front dining room, vaulted space with exposed red brick walls. In the winter, hunker down in the back room, where the low ceilings and a massive fireplace, when combined with one of the restaurant’s homemade pasta, make you feel warm and snug.
This old fashioned trattoria in Porta Romana serves Calabrian dishes to a perennially packed dining room full of locals. The kitchen specializes in southern home cooking, like the restaurant’s signature dish, spaghettoni alla tamarro, fresh pasta with tomato sauce and n’duja sausage, a spicy spreadable sausage paste made of pig shoulder and belly, as well as organ meat. If you’re vegetarian, order their parmigiana di melanzane, the Italian precursor to the popular Italian-American dish eggplant Parmesan—it’s a gooey reminder that the original is almost always better.
Langosteria offers perhaps the city’s best fish and crustaceans in an upscale dining environment. But don’t expect stuffy formality here—the charming sea-inspired decorations give Langosteria a warmth not often found in high-end seafood restaurants. Try the Catalan-style main courses, out of which the Catalan-style king crab gets top marks. If you prefer your seafood raw, take your pick from their impressive oyster collection or order one of their raw-fish platters featuring delicacies like red shrimp fished from the deep Mediterranean waters off Sicily.
Gino Sorbillo is a stone’s throw from the Duomo and one of the few places in the area where you’re guaranteed to get quality food at a good price. There are around a dozen pizzas on the menu, and all of them are crafted with carefully chosen ingredients. If you’re a pesto lover, be sure to order the Pesto di Basilico, a pie slathered in the bright green sauce. But be prepared to wait; the line for a table often stretches out the door, particularly during the lunch hour rush.
One of the most popular chefs in town, Diego Rossi has set out to honor offal, creating unfussy renditions of tripe, kidneys, liver, heart, lung, and sweetbreads; the menu changes daily depending on what’s at the market. He does, however, also cater to less-adventurous diners and vegetarians with more standard dishes. Besides the bold interiors and flavors, what makes Trippa so special is a warm atmosphere, which is cultivated by Rossi’s business partner and front of the house expert Pietro Caroli.
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