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Where to Eat and Drink in Milan

Milan Duomo

Although Milan has long been written off as a disappointing food destination (models and fashion moguls aren’t known for their appetites), the dining scene has improved dramatically in the past few years and Milan’s unsung food scene is among the most exciting in Italy right now. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy:


Rebelot del Pont: A small plates and cocktail place from the owners of Al Pont de Ferr (an incredible Michelin-starred restaurant, which serves contemporary and classic cuisine). It is in the Navigli part of Milan, the food and drinks are excellent, and Brazilian Chef Maurizio Zillo’s exquisite offerings are among the city’s most interesting at the moment.

Taglio: Also in the Navilgli district, Taglio sells a selection of cheeses, meats and other Italian products, while the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, plus one of the city’s best coffees.

Trippa: This awesome trattoria in Porta Romana may be going for an old-school feel, but young chefs Diego Rossi and Pietro Caroli’s cooking is rooted in present-day Italy, employing top-notch ingredients coaxed into simple and satisfying dishes. True to its trattoria name, Trippa is affordable and casual, which means it’s super popular so book ahead.

Ratanà At this restaurant in the Isola neighborhood, Chef Cesare Battisti, a Milan native, cooks up some of the city’s best authentically Milanese flavors, adding his own whimsical twist. His risotto alla Milanese (with saffron and bone marrow) is considered the best in town.

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia: This institution has been around for 50 years (the chef is 81) and has two Michelin stars. The spring onion spaghetti is legendary.

Essenza: At this newly opened restaurant, Dutch-Italian Chef Eugenio Boer serves impressive contemporary cuisine that merge his international cooking experiences. The service could use some work, but the food is interesting and the place seems promising.

Mangiari di Strada: This street food-centric joint serves specialties from all over Italy. It’s open at lunch only and it’s well outside the center, but it is certainly worth a trip. To get there, just hop on the 14 tram; Mangiari di Strada is near the last stop.

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Via Solferino: This street has a lot going on! Check out Dry, which serves great cocktails and delicious pizza. The same partners also own Pisacco, a bar and bistro. Next door, Zazà Ramen serves delectable ramen.

Antica Trattoria della Pesa: Down home old school Milanese cuisine.

Pave’: Cafe and pastry shop great for breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack.


For craft beer, check out Birrificio Lambrate, a local brewpub, and Baladin Milano, a gastro-pub dedicated to Italian brews. For great cocktails there’s Dry, Ugo, and Nottingham Forrest. And the historic Bar Basso is a must for Negronis. Read this post by Sara Porro of Sauce Milan for other recommendations. The team behind La Cieca, a noted wine bar, opened La Cieca Pink in the fall. As the name would suggest, the wine list is rosé-centric. Cantine Isola is an awesome wine bar.

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Gelato Giusto and I Gelati di Nannina might not be new, but they are must-visits. Alberto Marchetti, one of Italy’s most beloved gelato-makers, opened an outpost of his eponymous Torino-based gelato shop in Milan last year.

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Other Stuff

Down the street from Ratanà, check out the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), a model for sustainable urban residential life conceived by architect Stefano Boeri. The surrounding district is part of the Porta Nuova Initiative, an umbrella term for an urban development project in progress in that part of town.

Un Posto a Milano isn’t new, but worth a mention for the outdoor space. It’s more “farm-to-table” than Milanese and there is a huge garden on site where they grow most of their vegetables. It’s located in Cascina Cuccagna, a converted 17th-century farmhouse. Every Tuesday, the Mercato Agricolo, a Farmers’ Market, sells goods from farms and producers from Lombardy.

Sauce Milan

The absolute best resource for dining and drinking in Milan, from where to eat near the Duomo to how to make Aimo Moroni’s signature dish, is Sauce Milan. Founders Jackie DeGiorgio, Sara Porro, and Ryan King detail their Milan dining experiences on their site, Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to follow them there, too! A huge thanks to Jackie for her assistance in assembling this post!

Looking for Milan tour recommendations? Get in touch and I’d be happy to refer some trusted colleagues for culinary and historic tours.

2017-02-17T15:15:56+00:00 February 11th, 2015|Categories: Food & Wine, Guest Post, Milan, Restaurants, Wine & Spirits|15 Comments


  1. […] for tips on what to eat and drink while you’re in Milan? My pal Katie Parla has some excellent suggestions, and the Sauce Milan site is entirely devoted to dining and drinking in the […]

  2. […] out local food site Sauce Milan, as well as the excellent blog by American expat/serious foodie Katie Parla, who lists some of Milan’s top-notch restaurants, bars, gelato shops, and more. You can […]

  3. Anne-Marie Strickland October 3, 2015 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Thanks for this, Fergus. Off to Milan and the Lakes next year. Especially looking forward to the risotto with bone marrow. Trying to lose weight in advance.

  4. Mustafa Panju October 3, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    These are an amazing suggestion. Mr. Parla has shared best Dining & Drinking information. Thanks for share it.

  5. Blinky Vegas July 11, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recommandations! Why is the entry of the Rebelot del Pont crossed out? I had dinner there last weekend and it was a wonderful experience (and very reasonably priced).

    • Katie Parla July 12, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

      On my last trip to Milan I had a bit of a disastrous meal so it has come off the list until I can confirm its back on track.

  6. Al Bassano September 23, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Very helpful… I’ll be spending a day in Milan and have booked lunch at Ratanà. I’m having a tough time deciding on dinner. Have you eaten at Contraste? Or perhaps I should just stick with something like Aimo e Nadia? Decisions, decisions.

    • Katie Parla September 25, 2016 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      what about trippa?

      • Al Bassano October 2, 2016 at 12:10 am - Reply

        Great…. Thanks Katie!

  7. Al October 2, 2016 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Great…. Thanks Katie!!

  8. Eatnik March 26, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    We just had an excellent meal at 28Posti. Not every dish was successful (lamb with three sauces was a bit too busy) but the simple dishes were excellent. The butter with blackened onion is worth a trip alone. Service was spotless and the lunch set menu is excellent value. We tried booking online but not all their tables are available for online booking. So even if they’re “full” online, it’s worth giving them a call.

  9. Enda April 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Hi, really loved your Rome recommendations. We were just in Milan and tried Rebelot del Pont (it was close by our hotel), and although it was ok, we were not impressed. The bottle of wine we got was quite bad, ended up not drinking it and buying another bottle. The food was sometimes interesting but then sometimes badly executed.

    • Katie Parla April 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      agree that place is terrible. but are you sure you got the recommendation from my site? It was on my list but i crossed it off ages ago (text should appear with strikethrough)

    • Alex June 3, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I’ve been at Rebelot twice and I think that their wine list is simply outstanding and at reasonable price. Focused on natural wines and local grapes. Food is tasty, served in rather small portions. They make original recipes so I can understand those mixed reviews. I love Rebelot and when in Milan it’s my first choice, togerher with Sadler bistrot and Essenza. Something new beyond pasta!

      • Alex June 7, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        To complete my list of favorites, Trippa is my recommendation if you are in the mood for local cuisine, reasonably priced. For a surprising cuisine, if you can afford a 100+ € check, Contraste is my advice: chef Matias Perdomo is a brilliant wizard. Trattoria del Nuovo Macello is the best for original risotto and cotoletta. These are my top 6 restaurants in Milano.

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