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New Year’s Eve in Milan 2017

Another year over and a new one is about to begin! If you’re in our dear city and looking to ring in 2017 with a superb dinner, here are some restaurants in Milan where you can celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Restaurants Milan Dinner New Year's Eve 2017 Armani Restaurant

Potato gnocchi, lobster, cockscomb ragout, ginger, sea urchins, sea asparagus at Armani

Armani Restaurant: The one-star Michelin restaurant on the rooftop of the Armani Hotel will feature a five-course menu of himachi, foie gras, gnocchi, wagyu and mascarpone-centric dishes.  270 euro per person, beverages not included. Book online. (Cover photo)

Erba Brusca: Enjoy chef Alice Delcourt’s delicious seasonal fare on a special festive evening. The six-course menu includes octopus, puntarelle, ravioli del plin and lamb courses. DJ set starts at midnight so you can dance the night away into the early morning hours. Dress code: Hip Hop Nation vs Dance Fever. 70 euro per person; beverages excluded. Book online.

Restaurants Milan Dinner New Year's Eve 2017 Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, photo: F. Bolis

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia: This historic two-star Michelin-rated restaurant is offering an eight-course tasting menu  plus a midnight serving of ‘Salama’ with small lentils from Castelluccio. Dishes from chefs Fabio Pisani and Alessandro Negrini highlight regional ingredients like purple shrimp from San Remo and lamb from Gargano.  250 euro person; wine not included. Book online.

Liberty: Chef Andrea Provenzani is pulling out all the stops with an eight-course tasting menu showcasing dishes like his own vitello tonnato, risotto alla Catalania with red shrimp, and a lentil-and-cotechino-stuffed panzerotto. 120 euro per person; wine not included. Book online.

Restaurants Milan Dinner New Year's Eve 2017 Seta

Seta restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Milan

Seta: At Antonio Guida’s two-star Michelin restaurant at the Mandarin Hotel, you’ll find an eight-course menu with dishes like langoustines, pheasant and lobster ravioli while the less formal Mandarin Bar & Bistro offers a six-course meal with dishes such as foie gras terrine, braised veal and red mullet. You can see both menus here as well as reserve online for both Seta and Mandarin Bar & Bistro. Seta: 490 euro. Bar & Bistro: 210 euro. Wine is included in both prices.

Restaurants Milan Dinner New Year's Eve 2017 Terrazza Gallia

Terrazza Gallia at Excelsior Hotel Gallia

Terrazza Gallia: Under the consultation of the Cerea Family, executive chefs Vincenzo and Antonio Lebano have created a four-course menu with dishes like risotto with lemon, Cantabrian anchovies and Noto almonds and venison noisettes with pumpkin gnocchi plus cotechino and lentils at midnight. Dancing starts at midnight! 290 euro per person; wine included.  Book online.

Valentine’s Day in Milan 2016

We totally get it if Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that falls into the “forced fun” category for you, prompting you to opt for a night in as opposed to succumbing to an evening of gimmicky holiday “specials.” However, Valentine’s Day in Milan out on the town can be quite lovely…if you know the best restaurants to visit.

Valentine’s Day 2016 falls on a Sunday so by default some restaurants in Milan are closed, which may leave you feeling like your dinner options are slim pickings. While there are several great restaurants in Milan open on Sunday, some are opening especially for the holiday, so why not step up your Valentine’s Day game? Be a couple of fancypants for the night and choose a restaurant where you’ll have a memorable evening with your better half…and eat incredibly well while you’re at it.

Here are five super romantic (and super delicious!) restaurants in Milan where you can do just that this Valentine’s Day.

Essenza Restaurant Milan Valentine's Day 2016

Essenza: Ten-course tasting menu for 90€ per person (beverages not included). Chef Eugenio Boer. (Via Marghera, 34; +39 02 498 6865, website; special opening)

Terrazza Gallia Restaurant Milan Valentine's Day 2016jpg

Terrazza Gallia: Five-course tasting menu for 140€ per person (beverages not included). 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; website)

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia Restaurant Milan Valentine's Day 2016

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia: Nine-course dinner for €140 per person (beverages not included). (Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli, 6; + 39 02 416886; website; special opening)

Berton Ristorante Milan Valentine's Day 2016

Berton: Seven-course tasting menu for €140 per person (wine not included). Chef Andrea Berton. (Viale della Liberazione, 13; + 39 02 6707 5801, website)

Da.Noi In Restaurant Milan Valentine's Day 2016

Da Noi In: Eight-course tasting menu for 90€ per person (wine included). Chef Fulvio Siccardi. Menu offered on the 13th and 14th. (Magna Pars Hotel Via Forcella, 6; +39 02 8378111, website)

Milan Christmas Dining 2015

Note: This list refers to Christmas 2015. To see restaurants open for Christmas 2016, click here.

Between the holly hauling, stocking hanging and tree trimming, decking the halls can leave you exhausted.  Smack the shopping on top of it all and then have a look at your December dance  card to see what free time, if any,  you have left and you just might decide that cooking a Christmas meal is probably the last thing you want to do. Whether you’re a local or just visiting Milan for the holidays, you might be looking for restaurants in Milan that are open on Christmas 2015.

Like August, many restaurants in Milan close around Christmas…could be anywhere from two days to two weeks. If you’re spending Christmas in Milan and think you might want to dine out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 2015, here are restaurants in Milan that are open for Christmas lunch and Christmas Eve dinner. Whether it’s a budget conscious prix-fixe menu or a fancypants Michelin-starred tasting, here is a round-up of restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.

Terrazza Gallia Restaurant Milan Open Christmas

Terrazza Gallia: Five-course dinner, €110 (beverages excluded), CHRISTMAS EVE; Four-course lunch, €140 (beverages excluded), CHRISTMAS DAY. 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)

Trippa Restaurant Milan Open Christmas

Trippa: Chef Diego Rossi’s six-course dinner for €45. Seating: 8.30pm. CHRISTMAS EVE. (Via Giorgio Vasari, 3; + 39 327 668 7908)

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia Restaurant Milan Open Christmas 2015

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia: Six-course dinner for €160 per person (beverages excluded. CHRISTMAS EVE (Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli, 6; + 39 02 416886)

Berton Restaurant Milan Open Christmas 2015

Berton – Seven-course tasting menu plus panettone for €130 per person (beverages excluded). Chef Andrea Berton. CHRISTMAS DAY (Viale della Liberazione, 13; + 39 02 6707 5801)

Al Garghet Restaurant Milan Open Christmas 2015

Ristorante Al Garghet: Four-course prix fixe, €60 per person (beverages excluded). CHRISTMAS DAY (Via Selvanesco, 36,; + 39 02534698)

Terrazza Gallia Restaurant Milan Open Christmas

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

Peck Restaurant Milan Open Christmas 2015

Peck: For anyone looking to bring a restaurant to his or her home, Chef Matteo Vigotti’s three different tasting menus cost €140, €120 and €100 per person and are available for take-away. Order must be placed by December 16th.  (Via Spadari 9; +39 028023161)

Milan Recipe: Spring Onion Spaghetti

In the days leading up to my dinner at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia restaurant in Milan, I had one pasta on my mind: spring onion spaghetti! To start, I’m quite an onion enthusiast (any kind of onion and I’m sold!) and spaghetti devotee (I prepare it everyday) so the spring onion spaghetti at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia restaurant in Milan seemed like the perfect marriage. Plus there was the history of the dish…now 81-year-old chef Aimo Moroni added the spring onion spaghetti to the menu at his 50-year-old restaurant approximately 40 years ago. I have a penchant for old things so the onion/spaghetti/old things trifecta seemed to encompass a delightful antidote for several of my daily hankerings. Today, chefs Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani have implemented a deliciously elegant menu of their own, but the spring onion spaghetti at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia persists! You’ll find it on the Grand Tour in Italy tasting menu, but if you ask nicely (like my dinner companion had done for me), they will gladly serve it to you à la carte.

Whether you’re pining to wrap the spring onion spaghetti around your fork once again, eager to taste it for the first time (especially if you don’t have any foreseeable visits to Milan booked) or looking to experiment, here’s the recipe for the spring onion spaghetti at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia restaurant in Milan. Americans: we took the liberty of calculating the metric-to-imperial measuring conversions for you. You’re welcome.  Text: Jackie DeGiorgio Photo: Francesca Brambilla e Serena Serrani 

SPAGHETTI OF SENATORE CAPPELLI DURUM WHEAT WITH SPRING ONIONS AND CHILLI PEPPER

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia (Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli, 6; +39 02 416886)

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

300 g (10.6 oz) semolina spaghetti made with Senatore Cappelli durum wheat (or other good Italian semolina spaghetti)

300 g (10.6 oz) cleaned onions (use part spring onions)

100 g (3.5 oz)  vine-ripened tomato

2 garlic cloves

2 laurel leaves

1 fresh thyme stem

1 fresh oregano stem

1 tsp of minced flat-leaf parsley 1 tsp of ground chilli pepper

200 ml (6.8 oz) vegetable stock

6 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp of ground Parmigiano Reggiano aged 28-36 months

3 basil leaves cut in thin stripes

unrefined sea salt

Steps: 

Mince the garlic. Slice the onions. Peel and seed the tomatoes and cut them in small dices.

In a fry pan, at slow fire, heat 20 g (.7 oz) of oil with laurel, thyme and oregano. Add the garlic and the onions and stir fry for 15-20 minutes until the onion is soft, gradually moistening with hot vegetable stock. Remove the herbs and season with chilli pepper and salt.

Heat to boiling temperature the water with salt for the pasta.

Cook the spaghetti and drain very al dente.

Pour the pasta in the pan with the sauce, the tomato, the parsley, the Parmigiano, sauté for 1-2 minutes and toss.

Season to taste.

Serve in warm plates, garnish with basil stripes and oil.

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