Ferragosto in Milan

Milan Dining Guide for August 2017

It’s that time of year again…the ferrie! In case you’re not aware, Milan has a serious case of the rolling tumbleweed in August. Stores, shops, offices, restaurants, and pretty much everything closes as the businesses respective owners, employees and client/customers have checked out of the city for a little R&R on the seaside, in the mountains or abroad.  Milan isn’t as dead as it used to be in August as a great deal of places open for (at least a part of) the month of August so check out this list below of restaurants in Milan for some August 2017 dining guidance. We’ll keep updating the list, please include any tips / suggestions you might have in the comment section!

Al Fresco: Closed August 7th – 24th, reopening 23rd. (Via Savona 50; + 39 02 49533630)

Alice: Closed August 13th – 16th. (Eataly Smeraldo, Piazza 25 Aprile, 10 – top floor; +39 02 4949 7340)

Birrificio Lambrate:

  • Via Golgi, 60: Open from 7 August to 2 September nights only, 6pm to 2pm; Saturday nights 7.30pm to 2am; Closed Sunday and 14 & 15 August
  • Via Adelchi 5: closed 6 – 31 August

Cantine Isola: Open all of August except Mondays, however will be open from 10am – 1.30pm on the 15th. (Via Paolo Sarpi, 30; +39 02 331 5249)

Casa Ramen: Closed from 1 – 28 August. (Via Porro Lambertenghi 25; +39 02 3944 4560)

Ceresio 7 Pools and Restaurant: Closed August 13th – 16th. From the 17th – 19th, the  restaurant and bar will re-open from 6pm to 1am. From the 20th, back to business as normal.  (Via Ceresio, 7; + 39 02 310 392 21)

Contraste: Closed 12 – 27 August. (Via Meda, 2; +39 02 4953 6597)

Dry Cocktails and Pizza:

  • Closed from August 7th – 21st, re-opening on the 22nd. (Via Solferino 33; +39 02 63793414)
  • Closed from August 13th – 28th, re-opening on the 29th for lunch. (Viale Vittorio Veneto, 28; +39 02 63793414)

Erba Brusca: Open all of August for lunch and dinner from Wednesday through Sunday. (Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, 286; +39 02 8738 0711)

Ernst Knam:  Closed from 7 – 21 August.  (Via Augusto Anfossi, 10; + 39 02 5519 4448)

Essenza: Closed from August 7th – 31st. (ViaVia Marghera, 34; + 39 02 498 6865)

Gelato Giusto Closed 3rd – 21st August. (Via San Gregorio, 17; + 39 02 29510284)

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia: Closed 1st – 29th of August. (Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli;- +39 02 416886) From the 1st –  20th of August, Il Luogo will move to the Forte Village Resort in Santa Margherita of Pula, in Sardinia.

La Brisa: Closed 11th August  – 5th September. (Via Brisa 15; + 39 02 8645 0521)

La Cieca: Closed 1st – 23rd August.  (Via Carlo Vittadini, 6 ; + 39 02 5843 7901)

Lambiczoon: Open daily, but closed 13th – 15th August.  From 16th – 27th August, open from 8pm to 1am. (Via Friuli, 46; + 39 02 3653 4840) 

Langosteria: Closed from 12th – 27th August. (Via Savona, 10; 39 02 5811 1649)

LumeClosed from 14 – 28 August. (Via G. Watt 37; +39 02 80888624 )

Marghe: Open all month, including the 15th. (Via Plinio 6, +39 02 2047117; Via Cadore 26, +39 02 5411 8711)

Open More than Books: Closed 12th – 20th August. (Viale Monte Nero, 6; + 39 02.83425610)

Osteria Brunello:  Open everyday for lunch and dinner. (Corso Garibaldi 117; +39 02.659.2973)

Pavé:

  • Via Felice Casati 27: Closed 7th – 21st August; Tuesday – Saturday 8am to 3pm; Saturday and Sunday 8.30am – 3pm
  • Via della Commenda 25: Closed 6 – 27 August

Peck: Closed 14 – 20 August. (Via Spadari 9; +39 02 80 23 161)

Pisacco: Closed 13 – 30 August. (Via Solferino 48; +39 02 91765472)

RatanàClosed from 12th – 28th August. (Via de Castilla 28; +39 02 87128855)

Rebelot:  Open all of August, 7 days a week. (Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55; +39 02 84194720)

Un Posto a Milano: Open the entire month of August but closed on Mondays. Tuesday through Friday, open from 6pm to 1am, Saturday Sunday open from 10am to 1pm  Open from 10am to 1pm on the 15th. (Via Cuccagna, 2; + 39 02 5457785)

Upcycle Bicycle Cafe: 5 – 28 August. (Via Ampère, 59; + 39 02.83428268)

Zazà Ramen: Closed from 31 July – 29 August.  (Via Solferino, 48; +39 02 3679 9000)

How to Celebrate Ferragosto in Milan

If you’d have visited a few years ago, you’d have probably found the experience of the mid-August feast Ferragosto in Milan to look more like a moon landing. But times have changed, the people of Milan can now see though F-day without the need for any military dropped survival packages and, hear ye, they can also have fun!

This post is about old and new options throughout the day that offer up some informal, authentic, entertainment (and food). Needless to say, you’ll be outdoors so grab your mosquito repellent, a picnic blanket and maybe a jumper – given the recent weather conditions – and find out how you can be truly jolly on Ferragosto in Milan without the lapping waves of cool water splashing on the beach. It is possible, trust us.

[Photo courtesy of Michele M.F.]

–Gaia Corazzari