Milan Christmas Dining 2016

It’s that time of year again…Christmas!  A “Sfilata di Luci” (fashion show of lights) is suspended over Corso Como, both the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Duomo are bedecked with their gorgeous Christmas trees, and panettone has hit all the pastry shop selves. It’s officially the Christmas season in Milan.

If you’re planning to be in Milan for Christmas, but don’t feel like cooking, we made a list of some restaurants for Milan Christmas 2016 dining from which you can take your pick. Some are open on Christmas Eve, some Christmas Day, some both. You can just click on the links to the restaurants’ sites to see the menus, and we’ll be updating this as more information becomes available. Buon Natale and buon appetito.

Berton – Eight-course tasting menu plus panettone for €130 per person (beverages excluded). Wine paring €55 per person; four Pommery Champagnes are being showcased CHRISTMAS DAY Chef Andrea Berton (Viale della Liberazione, 13; + 39 02 6707 5801)

Daniel: 8-course dinner tasting menu plus hot and cold stuzzichini startesrs; 100 euro per person. The restaurant also has a special Christmas take-out menu. CHRISTMAS EVE Chef Daniel Canzian (Via San Marco on the corner of Castelfidardo;  + 39 02 6379 3837)

Essenza: Six-course dinner tasting menu plus five-bite aperitivo CHRISTMAS EVE 120€ per person (Via Marghera, 34; +39 02 498 6865)

L’Osteria Grand Hotel: Seven-course lunch tasting menu, €55 per person (includes a glass of bubbly). CHRISTMAS DAY (Via Ascanio Sforza 75; + 39 02.89511586)

Osteria Brunello: Open for service as normal 24, 25 and 26 December serving their standard menu. Don’t miss their cotoletta alla Milanese, one of the best in town.  12.30-2.30 and 7.00-11.30 (Corso Garibaldi, 117; + 39 02 6592973)

Ristorante Al Garghet: Four-course prix fixe, €70 per person (beverages excluded). CHRISTMAS DAY(Via Selvanesco, 36,; + 39 02534698)

Seta: Six-course lunch; €190 per person, beverages excluded. CHRISTMAS DAY Chef Antonio Guida (Mandarin Oriental Hotel; +39 02 8731 8897)

Terrazza Gallia: Four-course CHRISTMAS EVE dinner  for 115€ person; Four-course CHRISTMAS DAY lunch for 145€ per person; beverages excluded. Executive Chefs Vincenzo and Antonio Lebano under the consultation of the Cerea family. (Top floor, Excelsior Hotel Gallia; Piazza Duca D’Aosta 9; +39 02 6785 1)

Last but not least, Chinatown! Via Paolo Sarpi is studded with Chinese restaurants that are all open on both CHRISTMAS EVE and CHRISTMAS DAY. Jin Yong (Via Paolo Sarpi, 2) is one of our favorites!

Best restaurants in Milan’s Brera

Serpentine stone streets and quintessential Milanese charm characterize the alluring Brera neighborhood close to Sforza Castle. Historically, artists and intellectuals flocked to its many cafes to smoke, eat, converse, sketch, write and do their typical “artist café” thing. Here’s a look at some of the best restaurants in Milan’s Brera and you can also check out our picks for the nearby Corso Garibaldi.

The neighborhood is easily reachable from the historic center. At Teatro La Scala, walk down Via Giuseppe Verdi until you hit Via dell’Orso, and you’re there. Turn down any of the side streets on your right and you’ll soon see artisan shops, cafes, design stores and more! The area’s main attraction is the Pinacoteca di Brera art museum. While art snobs might argue that the collection doesn’t boast the grandeur of, say, the Uffizi or the Vatican, Pinacoteca di Brera holds its own with work from Caravaggio, Raphael and Piero della Francesca, among others, and if you’re in the neighborhood or visiting the nearby Sforza Castle, here are five of the best restaurants in Milan’s Brera, or it’s immediate surroundings.

Latteria di San Marco

Latteria di San Marco--Restaurant Milan--BreraArrive by the 7.30pm opening time to get one of the six tables, otherwise be prepared to wait as Latteria doesn’t take any reservations. But trust us, it’s worth it! Chef Arturo Maggi and his wife Maria run this adorable restaurant in a historic former latteria, or dairy. The menu changes daily; Arthur does the cooking while Maria handles he dining room in a no nonsense manner. If you can’t make it for dinner, drop in for lunch.

Via S. Marco, 24
+39 02 659 7653

Monday-Friday: 12.30pm-2.30pm; 7.30pm-10.pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No website



Larte--Restaurant Milan--BreraSituated in the Brera outskirts just a few steps away from Teatro La Scala on Via Manzoni, Larte is a multi-function venue with something for everyone. Take a café and pastry for breakfast in the front café, or drop in for a spremuta during the afternoon. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the restaurant, which offers salads, pastas, meats, fish and sandwiches. The excellent wine list features an ample selection of Southern Italian bottles.

Via Manzoni 5; +39 02 890 96 950
Monday – Saturday: 12:30pm – 14:30; 7:30pm – 11pm
Bar opens at 8am



Ristorante Emilia e Carlo--Restaurant Milan--Brera
If you’re looking for more of a formal meal, then reserve a table at Ristorante Emilia e Carlo. The rotating menu features precious dishes such as Tuscan ham with figs, spaghetti with clams & bottarga and Chianina beef mille-feuille while the wine list showcases mostly Italian bottles rounded out by some French and a handful of New World options.

Via Giuseppe Sacchi 8; +39 02 862100
Dinner Monday – Saturday

Lunch: Monday – Friday



Fioraio Bianchi Caffe--Restaurant Milan--BreraThis 40 year-old locale boasts French-style ambiance, offering an experience unlike any other in Milan: flower shop meets café. The beautiful floral collection, displayed as thoughtfully as one would curate a museum exhibit, is also for sale. Open for lunch and dinner, the seasonal menu has included items such as red tuna roe with buffalo ricotta and asparagus, Iberico ham with Manchego D.O.P. pecorino, and veal sirloin with potatoes and herbes de Provence.

Via Montebello 7; +39 02 2901 4390
Monday to Saturday: 8am to 12am
Monday to Saturday: 12pm – 3pm and 8pm to 12am
Closed Sundays, but open for brunch only on the last Sunday of every month



Refettorio--Restaurant Milan--BreraAlthough not vegetarian, legumes and vegetables take the lead on this delightful restaurant’s menu, which specializes in organic and biodynamic ingredients. The menu of simple, flavorful food changes daily while to drink, you may choose from a considerable selection of all natural wines.

Via dell’Orso 2; +39.02 890.966.64
Monday – Friday: 12pm to 3pm; 7:30pm to 11pm
Saturday: 12pm – 3pm; 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Sunday: 12:30 to 2:30



Daniel--Restaurant Milan--Brera
Young 30-something chef Daniel Canzian, a Gualtiero Marchesi alum, serves exciting, flavorful contemporary Italian fare. The chef’s table at the open kitchen is the best seat in the house. Dinner averages around 60 euro per person for food, so this is something definitely on the more upscale side but there is a lighter menu available at lunch.

Via San Marco angolo Castelfidardo; +39 02 6379 3837
Monday-Friday: 12pm-3pm; 6pm-12amt
Saturday: 6pm-12am
Closed Sunday