Dining guide for Milan
One of the many aperitifs that you can try out is the classic Negroni, which is especially loved by the Milanese, made with Bitter Campari, Gin, red Martini and ice, that must be tried with a few snacks. After your aperitif you can choose one of the several restaurants in Milan that specializes in traditional cooking. Start with a traditional antipasto, made of nervetti (boiled calf' s shank and knee cartilage cut into strips) and mixed with thinly sliced onions. As a first course you cannot miss out on the classical Risotto alla Milanese, made with a full-bodied beef broth and flavored with saffron. As a second course we suggest a classic Milanese dish like "cassouela", an extremely filling dish made with various poor parts of pork meat (tail, ribs, rind, feet and ears) cooked with green cabbage and other vegetables. A more traditional dish, a tasty Milanese cutlet that is probably nothing like you've ever tasted in other places made from a veal chop, including the bone. Another alternative is veal tonne, that is a light, tasty veal slice covered in tuna, mayonnaise, anchovy and caper sauce. If you should decide to spend time in Milan that coincides with the Christmas festivities, you could end your lunch with a huge slice of Panettone, the typical local Christmas cake, that is even tastier if you eat it with traditional Mascarpone cream.
There are typical products from the province of Milan, including Salame di Milano, made from finely minced pork and beef meat and many types of cheese too. Grana Padano is a famous cheese overseas, which comes from the Po valley that includes the Lombardia, Piedmont, Veneto and Emilia Romagna regions. Mascarpone is also a typical Milanese cheese, that is an essential ingredient for desserts and creams, often mixed with other cheeses, salami or fish. However, the most famous Milanese cheese is without a doubt Gorgonzola, that rich, strongly flavoured cheese. Finally, Crescenza or "Stracchino", the soft, creamy fresh milk cheese with a slightly sweet taste, is excellent when spread on a slice of bread or eaten with raw vegetables.
Restaurants we suggest
Cracco Peck | Via Victor Hugo
Modern interior design and an excellent menu by chef Carlo Cracco. This restaurant is located very close to the Duomo and is supposed to be one of the best in Milan and has a wide selection of qualitative wines. It also offers delicious and fusion desserts.
Savini | Galleria Vittorio Emauele II
This restaurant opened in 1867 in the centre of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Many people from the arts and the business world of Milan for over 150 years now. You can sit either at the tables inside the Galleria or in the Belle Epoque dining room.
Armani/ Nobu | Armani world, Via Manzoni 31
Fashion addicts, super models, business people enjoy their meal here in a stylish, dimwitted dining room. The menu includes black code with miso sauce to sushi and sashimi. Reservations are obligatory.
Taverna Morrigi | Via Morigi 8
Near the Affari square in the business district in the west od Duomo, this restaurant is covered with wood and gives you the strong sense of being in previous times. Excellent food in reasonable prices. The menu changes very often and there is an emphasis on traditional milanese recipes.
La Bruschetta | Piazza Beccaria 12
This is the ideal place for typical, tasteful italian pizza and wine and is located near the Duomo.
Trattoria Milanese | Via Santa Marta 11
This restaurant is located near the Duomo and is an example of a traditional, authentic milanese restaurant. The food is very good and the sweets offered good as well.