Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

One of chef Carlo Cracco’s newest venues, this is a hotspot for food lovers and those who are looking for a new concept restaurant. Carlo e Camilla is located in what used to be a sawmill. Filled with long communal tables, it serves dishes focused on high-quality local ingredients, picked and chosen according to the season. It’s perhaps a little pricier than most, but if you have the extra euros this is a good place to spend them.

Antica Trattoria della Pesa

Here is where you will come face to face with the true core of the Milanese spirit, both through service and food. It is small and family-owned, simple in its decor, but extremely refined in the honesty of ingredients: try the risotto al salto (a crispy rice pancake), osso buco or the involtini di verza (cabbage rolls filled with pork).

Ratanà

Chef Cesare Battisti revisits the traditional Milanese cooking with a creative and contemporary touch. Continuously sourcing the highest quality produce from small local farmers, Ratanà serves seasonal dishes that are refined and playful, beautiful and delicious. Don’t miss the cult mondeghili (fried meatballs) and the risotto with saffron, orange and marrow bone. Charmingly set in a Liberty-style villa, it’s an ideal option for a fine dinner free of rigid formality.

Casa Ramen

With a perpetual queue at the door, this tiny restaurant in the Isola district serves the best ramen in town. Dive into the warm bowls of the famous Japanese street-food, sitting elbow to elbow with locals in an informal atmosphere, and make sure to try one of its bao too. It doesn’t take reservations, but it’s certainly worth the wait.

U Barba

Loved by locals for relaxed nights out, this is a friendly osteria serving home-cooked Genovese food in a cool, vintage-looking space. Sturdy wooden tables, an old Vespa on the wall and Italian music in the background will prepare the scene for classics such as focaccia, farinata (chickpea flatbread) and trofie (twisted fresh pasta) with pesto. When you’ve had enough to eat, play the night away enjoying a game of boules at the rear open-air bocciofila.

Drogherie Milanesi

This bustling bistro appears as if straight out of the ‘60s. Originally a grocery store, this trendy spot still holds the charm of an old Italian drogheria, with preserve-lined walls and a jolly atmosphere. The menu is fun and all about conviviality, with a choice of half-portion tapas-style dishes to share. The small pizza and the eggs in cast iron are a must-try, while the secret bar downstairs is the icing on the cake.

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè

A hybrid space in the artful borough of Brera, this fascinating address is an urban oasis at which you can stop any time of the day. Half bistro and half flower shop, it evokes bygone Paris with small round tables and lively chit-chat, all while serving seasonal Italian cuisine. Settle in for a bohemian aperitivo at the outdoor tables, and buy a fresh bouquet before leaving.

Giacomo Bistrot

This wonderful project by architects Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli gathers all the cosy and warm ambience of a French bistro with its moody wooden library and delicious meat-based dishes. Do not miss the chance of tasting the Fiorentina if you get there with a good appetite, alternatively you can’t go wrong with any of its pasta selections.

Trattoria del Nuovo Macello

Opened in 1928 in front of what was once a slaughterhouse, Nuovo Macello is the place to go for the real cotoletta (veal) alla Milanese. The atmosphere is simple and traditional, but the kitchen will surprise you with a progressive twist on classic recipes. At dinner, its “Assaggiando Milano” (“Tasting Milan”) starter is great for those looking to tuck into all the local flavours.

Pavè

Everyone in Milan knows Pavè. Homely, easygoing and a little retro, this café-bakery with mismatching old-school furniture offers some of the best pastries in town. Let the sweet smell of the oven fill your nose and savour its signature apricot croissant, paired with an exemplary Italian cappuccino. The homemade panettone is baked year-round and is perfect as a treat to take home.

Bebel's

A classic family restaurant in Milan, where simply the taste of food takes front stage amidst a basic dining room. Order mozzarella, slices of culatello, puntarelle with anchovies and the ever-delicious artichokes with parmesan and lemon salad. Plates work tapas style, and are to be shared but arrive in huge portions. And in the fall? Be sure not to miss out on the tagliolini with truffles.

  • +39 02 657 1658
  • Via San Marco 38
    20121

La Trattoria Del Pescatore

A truly cool trattoria, where the seafood is second to none. The atmosphere is extremely laid-back, which makes it perfect for many an occasion. Show up a bit later in the evening, but be prepared to wait in line.

Bacaro del Sanbuco

One of Milan’s culinary gems located just off the famous Via Montenapoleone, this restaurant is all about simple Italian food. The beautiful Milanese courtyard makes this restaurant a must-visit in the summer. Opt for the truly Italian and Milanese dishes such as the ravioli in brodo or the cotechino. If you are lucky and find a table, try to join them for one of their ‘lesso nights’ during which the dinner will revolve around this very typical homemade Italian dish of steamed meat. You must book in advance; very rarely will you find a table just by showing up.

  • +39 02 7639 4832
  • Via Monte Napoleone 13
    20121

Sissi

If you’re looking for the best croissant in town, here’s where to find it. This café is a quaint little space with baby pink walls, patterned chairs and and a staff that’s as warmhearted as its pastries.

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