Piazza del Duomo and its surrounding streets are probably the most tourist-packed in Milan, and we get asked all the time about restaurants near Milan’s Duomo and where to eat in this area.
The word Duomo pops up all around Italy, Garibaldi style. Duomo is a name for an Italian cathedral church and many an Italian city houses a Duomo of its own including Florence, Siena, Torino, Orvieto, Amalfi and, of course, Milan whose iconic Duomo, a Gothic cathedral, stands tall and grand in the aptly named and equally grand Piazza del Duomo. Visitors flock to this square, the heart of Milan’s historic center, to see the marvel that is the Italian state territory’s largest—and the world’s fourth largest—church.
Between the Duomo and its nearby obligatory landmarks such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala Theater and the Sforza Castle, the herds of tourists coupled with the Milanese going about their day can be enough to make anyone in the vicinity claustrophobic. So, be wary— tourist traps galore line the streets and it’s difficult to find a decent meal. Here’s a piece of advice: please don’t eat anywhere inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Sure, sip a coffee at the Gucci Cafe if you wish, but avoid the restaurants.
We love when an opening comes along that lets us update this list (last updated in May) so here are seven restaurants in Milan near the Duomo that we recommend.
The newest addition to the list. The ever reliable Panino Giusto has been serving quality panini, the ultimate slow fast food, since 1979, and has made a distinct mark on Milan’s panini culture. One of the many things they do right is that although the brand has grown and expanded immensely with locations not only all over Italy, but in Asia, London and the U.S., their quality has never suffered. You will always have a great panini here. You might have trouble narrowing down your choices, so give a look here in case you need some guidance. Note: The panino pictured is smaller than usual as it was served at a special tasting presentation.
Chef Niko Romito of the three-star Michelin Ristorante Reale in Abruzzo opened Spazio–part-restaurant, part laboratory—on the top floor of the new Mercato del Duomo in Milan in 2015. The students from the chef’s esteemed eponymous Formazione run the show, handling everything from cooking to dining room management to service. The cuisine focuses strongly on Lombardian and Northern Italian traditions with a modern touch, and it’s delicious.
Mercato el Duomo; 3rd floor; Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; +39 02.878400
Daily: 12.30pm-2.30pm; 7.30pm-10pm
Skip Luini and head to the ground floor of the Rinascente Annex, to Focacceria Manuelina, an outpost of the the beloved historic focacceria in Recco. Here, you may take your pick from a variety of flavors of this dreamy flatbread bread typical of Liguria. However, it’s the focaccio di Recco, a thin, crispy salty flatbread stuffed with the acidic stracchino cheese that will leave coming back for more. This is the perfect place to stop for a quick bite to recharge and then get on with your sightseeing.
La Rinascente annex, ground floor
Via Santa Radegonda 10, +39 028852297
Daily: 8am-10pm (9am opening on Sunday)
PIZZERIA LIEVITO MADRE AL DUOMO
Gino Sorbillo, one of Italy’s most famous pizza-makers, opened an outpost of his celebrated Naples pizzeria, Lievito Madre al Duomo, near the Duomo in Milan in October 2014. Here, he serves the signature flavors of Campania including salame irpino and organic extra virgin olive oil from Sorrento as well as foods that boast protected dominations of origin including San Marzano plum tomatoes from Salerno, Piennolo grape tomatoes from Vesuvio and buffalo mozzarella. You’ll find a selection of fried items among the starters, beer, and red, white and sparkling wines.
Largo Corsia dei Servi, 11; + 39 02 453 759 30
Monday – Saturday: 12pm to 3.30pm,7pm to 11.30pm
EAT’S BISTRÒ AND MARKET, MILAN EXCELSIOR
The Bistrò at this gourmet market and wine store at the Milan Excelsior reflects the Eat’s philosophy of showcasing quality ingredients through simple, satisfying cuisine. The menu rotates almost daily based on seasonal availability. You can also visit the market and grab a panino or a salad, and eat al fresco, picnic style on the Duomo steps.
Galleria del Corso, 4 – +39 02 76280614
Open Daily – 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Located on the ground floor of the same building that houses the fine dining restaurant Trussardi alla Scala. Drop in and take a seat in the restaurant’s less formal counterpar to sample the lavish breakfast buffet in the morning or drop in for lunch to enjoy Italian bistro-style dishes and a selection of sandwiches.
Piazza della Scala, 5 – +39 02 80688295
Open Monday – Friday, 7:30am to 11pm; Saturday, 12pm to 11pm
Situated on Via Spadari across from the iconic gourmet institution Peck, Ottimo Massimo is the perfect place to curb your appetite. Enjoy one of their many panini, salads, juices, drinks or pop in for a quick caffeine fix. High quality ingredients and decent prices are perfect for anyone looking for a some solid nosh in a low-key locale.
Via Spadari, corner of Via Victor Hugo – +39 02 4945 7661
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-7pm
Last update: May 17, 2016