Restaurants 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)


  • 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)

Best Restaurants Near Milan’s Duomo

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.

Panino Giusto

Panino-Giusto-restaurant Milan--Duomo 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.

Piazzetta Liberty


Spazio--Restaurant Milan--Duomo
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


Focacceria Manuelina

Focacceria Manuelina--Restaurant Milan--Duomo
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)



Lievito Madre al Duomo--Restaurant Milan--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
Closed Sunday



Eats--Restaurant Milan--Duomo
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



Cafe Trussardi--Restaurant Milan--Duomo
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



Ottimo Massimo--Restaurant Milan--Duomo
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
Monday-Friday: 7am-8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-7pm


Last update: May 17, 2016

Best Restaurants in Isola

Milan’s popular but relatively unsung Isola neighborhood is no exception. Sitting north of the city center, Isola is so called because it was once a suburban “island” on Milan’s border, from where one had to cross a bridge to enter the city. It’s definitely worth a visit not only to see its interesting 19th and 20th century architecture, vibrant street art and World War II monuments, but also because Isola is just plain cool. While there are some busy thoroughfares, many of the streets are quiet, and there’s also some awesome places to shop.

We created our original list of the best restaurants in Isola two years ago and our original picks still make the cut. However, the recent opening of a new pizzeria prompted us to include a new addition.



Ratana-Restaurant in Isola-MilanAt this restaurant situated inside a free-standing house, chef Cesare Battisti, a Milan native, cooks up some of the city’s best authentically Milanese flavors, keeping some dishes traditional while adding a whimsical twist to others. His risotto alla Milaneseis arguably the best in the city and his crispy veal tongue with mashed potatoes, lemon sauce and celery is a favorite. You’ll find bottles from all over Italy, France and beyond on the 47-page wine list.

Via de Castilla 28; +39 02 87128855
Open seven days: 12.30-2.30pm and 7.30 – 11.30pm
Aperitivo: 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Berbere Pizzeria Restaurant in Isola MilanThe Milan outpost of this pizzeria from pizzaioli brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe doesn’t disappoint. They use a lievito madre with semi-whole wheat stone ground flour to create a dough that matures for at least 24 hours at room temperature. The end result is a crust that is pure perfection. Select from a number Rosso (tomato sauce based) or Bianco (fior di latte based) topped options. The menu changes with the seasons, and the quality of the ingredients is top. To drink, sip one of the biodynamic wines or artisan craft beers.

Via Sebenico, 21
+39 02 3670 7820
Open seven days
Monday – Friday: 7pm – 11.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12.30pm – 2.30pm; 7pm – 11.30pm


Anche Trattoria-Restaurant in Isola-MilanThis trattoria underwent a redesign after which the first word of the restaurant’s former name (which indicated the color of the walls) has been omitted: Blu. Upon seating, you receive the menu in the form of an origami swan which you then unfold to read. Take your pick from classic Italian fare which may include fritelle, pappa al pomodoro, risotto alla Milanese, pollo alla diavola, a non-traditional Milanese cutlet (cotoletta sbagliata) and more. The wine list includes biodynamic labels and brunch is served on the weekends. The bar is open all the day should you require a caffeine fix during the off hours.

Via Carmagnola 5; + 39 331.822.40.02
Restaurant Hours:Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 2:30pm; 7.30pm – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 3:30pm
Bar hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 1:30am
Saturday: 8.30am to 1.30am
Sunday: 9am to 4pm


Casa Ramen-Restaurant in Isola-MilanAt this wallet-friendly locale, you’ll find classic ramen noodle dishes available in three preparations: soy, miso and vegetarian. The cozy room features long, wooden cafeteria style tables. Ramen dishes cost between 10 and 13 euros.

Via Porro Lambertenghi, 25; + 39 02 3944 4560
Tuesday – Saturday: 12.30pm – 3pm; 8pm – 11.30pmClosed Sunday and Monday


Frida-Restaurant in Isola-MilanA spacious bar venue featuring a list of more than 80 cocktails, beers on tap and Italian wines, Frida hosts one of the city’s most bustling and vibrant aperitivo sessions. Although Frida is more known for the beverages, scene and people-watching than for the food, the seasonal lunch menu seeks inspiration from Italian tradition, so you’ll have soups, pasta, meat and seafood dishes from which to take your pick. Drop in on Sunday for the prix-fix brunch with a menu that includes muffins eggs, pancakes, among other items. You’ll also find a lovely little clothing boutique on-site.

Via Pollaiuolo, 3; +39 02 680260
Monday – Friday: 10am to 3pm; 6pm to 2amSaturday: 4pm – 2am
Sunday: 12am to 1am


Frida-Restaurant in Isola-MilanGelato shops are a dime a dozen in Italy, and no neighborhood is complete without a noteworthy gelateria; Isola’s is Artico Gelato Tradizionale, a 30-year-old shop with gelato made from natural products and artisanal ingredients such as Bronte pistachios, Etna hazelnuts and Sicilian almonds. There are enough chocolate options to amaze even the most jaded chocolate enthusiast while two of the shop’s signature flavors feature pistachio, one salted and the other with black pepper.

Via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi, 15; +39 02 4549 4698
Open seven days a week: 12pm – 11pm

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;
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


Where to eat in Milan: Navigli Restaurants

Today, the Navigli district in Milan refers to the area where the Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese cross, in the Southern part of the city near Porta Genova, where an old city wall–the one that appropriately led to Genova–once stood. In this neck of the woods, you’ll find a multitude of restaurants in Milan, dotting both sides of each canal.

The Navigli were a series of five canals that were constructed between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries to make the landlocked city more accessible to the outside world. Leonardo da Vinci, who wasn’t born until 1452, is often inaccurately credited as the mastermind of these canals, although he did contribute to their construction, the dam system in particular.

Adjectives that have been used to describe the neighborhood include bohemian, cool, loud, cute, hip, trendy charming, gritty and tourist trap. It’s definitely worth a visit despite the fact that its increasing popularity during the last few years rendered some truth to the latter term. You’ll find plenty of these tourist traps lining the canal banks as well as gimmicky boats setting up shop on the canals with trampolines, batting cages and more, and while yes, these antics do take away from the ambiance, we love the Navigli nevertheless as you’ll also find some of our favorite restaurants in Milan here. Here are five of the best restaurants in Milan in the Navigli District. – Jackie DeGiorgio

All photos by Jackie DeGiorgio unless otherwise specified.


Taglio--Restaurant Milan--NavigliThis restaurant and gourmet shop from Gianluca Biscalchin, Andrea De Michelis, Raffaele Sangiovanni and Mark Tamaro has been a welcome addition to Milan’s food scene since its 2013 opening. Open all day, Taglio offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an aperitivo. Or you can pop in for what’s Milan’s best cup of coffee mid-day. Menu includes Eggs Benedict for breakfast and weekend brunch, risotto alla Milanese, parimigiana, cotoletta sbagliata, a traditional Milanese cutlet made with pork instead of veal, and seasonal specialties have included puntarella with stracciatella (pictured). You’ll find a number of quality meat and cheese plates for aperitivo and the wine list features a thoughtful selection of small–mostly natural and biodynamic–Italian producers. And they have free WiFi, too!

Via Vigevano, 10; +39 02 3653 4294
Monday – Friday: 8am to 11:45pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 11:45pm


Contraste--Restaurant Milan--NavigliMilan loves Matias Perdomo and the Milanese were eager to see the chef’s next move after he left Al Pont de Ferr, a beloved 30 year-old osteria that joined the Michelin ranks under the chef’s tutelage. He opened Contraste in September, a fine dining restaurant that showcases the chef’s signature playful cuisine. It’s definitely on the pricier side, but well worth it.

Via Meda, 2 + 39 02 4953 6597
Wednesday-Monday: 7pm-11pm
Sunday: 12pm-2pm; 7pm-11pm
Closed Tuesday

28 Posti

28 Posti--Restaurant Milan--Navigli28 Posti translates to 28 places, which is exactly the amount of covers the restaurant seats per turn. As part of the Made in Bollate project, inmates of the Penitentiary Institute of Bollate, a nearby commune in Lombardy, helped construct the restaurant. There’s a slight Nordic feel both in the décor as well as in Chef Marco Ambrosino’s seasonal menu which has included dishes such as barley, broccoli, black truffle and Provolone del Monaco; ravioli with parmesan and licorice, pumpkin broth and chestnuts; and baccala’ with Jerusalem artichokes, vanilla and macadamia nuts. 28 Posti’s omnivorous, yet vegetable-centric cuisine, has plenty of options for vegetarian and vegan diners.

Via Corsica, 1; +39 02 839 2377
Tuesday – Sunday: 7.30pm to 11.30pm; Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm to 2.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am to 4pm
Closed Monday


Rebelot del Pont--Restaurant Milan--NavigliIt was a sad day in Milan when chef Mauricio Zillo plated his last dish at Rebelot last year and left for Paris, however chef Matteo Monti who worked with Mauricio since Rebelot’s 2013 opening, is holding down the fort quite nicely. Drop in pre-dinner for a classic mixed drink or a specialty cocktail created by master mixologist Oscar Quagliarini. Have a small plate as you sip or make a meal out of it, by feasting on a few of the elegant, seasonal preparations. Rebelot’s ever-changing menu doesn’t follow traditional menu format in that it isn’t broken up by course; it’s just a selection of small plates or “tapas,” for lack of a better word, while the wine list boasts a selection from small winemakers, including many lesser-known indigenous Italian grapes.

Ripa Porta Ticinese, 55; + 39 02 84194720
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 6pm to 2am; Kitchen is open until 1amSunday: Noon to Midnight
Closed Tuesday


Temakinho--Restaurant Milan--NavigliThe subject of our first and only 3-View! While the service could use a little polishing we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fish and the vibrant flavors at this Brazilian-inspired sushi restaurant. Enjoy a multitude of options for maki rolls or temaki (handrolls) including salmon ceviche, branzino, spicy tuna and scallop. Believe it or not, the Mexican roll is quite tasty, protruding tortilla chip and all. Couple your sushi with a libation from the caipirinha selection. Do note that it’s very loud so we wouldn’t recommend it for a first date.

Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 37; +39 02 8356134
Monday – Sunday: 12pm to 3pm; 7pm to 12am

New Year’s Eve in Milan 2015

“Another year over and a new one just begun,” sings John Lennon in his iconic holiday tune Happy Christmas. And so it goes. Frankly, we can’t believe the end of the year is already upon us, but that’s life! Anyhoo, if you’re planning on ringing in 2016 with a night out in Milan, we have started to compile of list of restaurants in Milan that are open on New Year’s Eve. We’ll be updating it as more details become available and if you think we missed somewhere, please drop us a line!

Terrazza Gallia Restaurant Milan Open New Year's Eve

Terrazza Gallia: In the restaurant: Six-course dinner tasting menu, €280 (wine and water included). From 8pm. At the bar: Five appetizers, €90 (includes 1/2 bottle of Champagne) 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)

Alice Restaurant Milan Open New Year's Eve

Alice: Eight-course dinner tasting menu, €180. (Includes Champagne Toast at midnight.) Optional wine pairings: €50. Chef Viviana Varese. (Top Floor, Eataly Smeraldo; Piazza XXV Aprile, 10; +39 02 4949 7340)

Trippa Restaurant Milan Open New Year's Eve

Trippa: Chef Diego Rossi’s standard à la carte menu is available for dinner.  (Via Giorgio Vasari, 3; + 39 327 668 7908)

Bon Wei Restaurant Milan Open New Year's Eve

Bon Wei: Open for dinner; standard à la carte menu available. (Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 16-18; +39 02 341308)

Friday Food Porn: Panino Giusto

Important facts about panini: in Italian, the word panini is plural for panino, just like zucchini is plural for zucchina, and spaghetti is plural for spaghetto. In Italian “hair” is also plural – “capelli“, so this is why I keep referring to “them” when I get a blow-out in an English-speaking country, puzzling my hairdresser greatly.

Other, not as relevant, information about panini: Italians eat panini almost on a daily basis. It is a very popular lunchtime snack – it’s quick, you can eat it at your desk wondering where it all went wrong, for you to be eating an overpriced, soggy panino while proof-reading a company report.

This is really sad because when a panino is good, it’s really great. Panino Giusto, which has several locations all over Milan (and a few more in Japan, Hong Kong and England, while a new opening in Cupertino is planned in a few months), basically single-handedly started the panino revolution in the city 30 years ago – making it so popular that the during the 80s, there was a specific sub-culture of urban, rich kids called paninari. Nowadays, they still make some of the best panini in Milan: great ingredients, perfect proportions (their golden ratio: 1 part bread, 1 part affettato, 1 part vegetables + sauce), a very good bread – now sourdough, whose natural flavor allowed them to scale back 20% of the salt previously used.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, we present you with some swoon-worthy panini by Panino Giusto.


WASHINGTON : Ham , Soft Goat Cheese , Tomatoes , Black Olive paste


“Tra i due” is a creation of Michelin-starred Milanese chef Claudio Sadler. The name, which literally means “between the two” was assigned to the “sandwich” back in the Fascist Era, where all foreign names were banned and had somehow to be translated into Italian.
In it: Bresaola (a cold cut made from beef rather then pork), creamy Stracciatella of Burrata, Ligurian olives and zucchini flowers.


Savoy: Prosciutto Cotto, Mozzarella cheese, Tomato, Arugula and Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Red King: Wild Alaska salmon, lemon zest, freshly ground pepper


Milano 2015: again another creation of chef Claudio Sadler.
Prosciutto, slivers of balsamic vinegar, cream of 27-months aged Parmigiano Reggiano, lettuce, artichoke cream.

Orientale: Soft goat cheese, mint-flavored grilled eggplants, oven-baked cherry tomatoes, hummus

Madras (another of Sadler’s creations!) Oven-baked turkey breast, curry-flavored mayonnaise, Songino salad, tomatoes, roasted almonds, black rice popcorn-style

10 Not-to-Miss Dishes in Milan

There are thousands of restaurants in Milan. Figuring out where to eat in Milan is just one half of making sure no meal goes wasted during your visit; figuring out what to eat in Milan is the other. Signature La Cucina Milanese dishes such as risotto alla milanese, ossobuco, and the veal cutlet, or “cotoletta” are all a dime a dozen at restaurants in Milan, so you want to make sure you’re noshing on the best of the best that our fine city has to offer.  Jackie and Sara shared their picks for the ten most iconic dishes at restaurants in Milan with Food Republic. Click here to read up on their choices and also to learn why Milanese food is so rich…in more than one sense of the word.

Fish Recipe: A Triumph of Crudo, Carousel

In keeping with the current Lenten spirit, here is a recipe from Langosteria 10, one of our favorite fish restaurants in Milan. Either channel your inner crudo master or hightail it on over to Langosteria 10 stat to nosh on this elegant, yet simple, refreshing raw fish platter.

Triumph of Crudo Carousel, serves 2


  • 280 grams of five types of fish, including one crustacean, just clean, filleted and cut
  • Mediterranean Sauce
  • Pianogrillo Particle 34 Extra Virgin Olive Oil (fruity and non-invasive)
  • Maldon Salt QB
  • Green jalapeno
  • Borage

Mediterranean Sauce

  • Dried tomatoes, drained
  • Olives, drained
  • Capers from Pantelleria Island, desalted
  • Anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea, desalted
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Blend all ingredients with the blender to obtain a homogeneous mixture. Make sure there are no solid ingredient pieces remaining. If necessary, dilute with extra virgin olive.


  • Two tartare, 2 Carpacci and one one crustacean, scampo or shrimp.
  •  The Tartare (approximately 25 grams) should be in a bowl, having been previously seasoned with salt and the olive oil. Suggestions incude scampi tartare and foie gras or shrimp tartare. If opting for the latter, place julienned celery at the base and use a coppopasta to shape.
  • Arrange the ingredients according to color tone, starting at the bottom of the plate, working upwards, going from left to right, light to dark.
  • Garnish tuna with jalapeno.
  • Julienne the borage and use to to garnish the whitefish carpaccio.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of salt on the fish.
  • Add a touch of the extra virgin olive oil and place a strip of the Mediterranean sauce on the plate.

Langosteria 10 (Via Savona 10, +39 02 5811 1649,


Restaurants in Milan: Zona Tortona

I was eager to check out the Navigli area that I had read so much about in all of my Milan research prior to my first visit. I knew to take the metro to Porta Genova but once I had arrived, I realized that I had forgotten my map and would have to find my bearings sans cartographic guidance. The serendipitous occasion had led me across Bridge of Many Colors where I then descended onto the charming, stone-paved Via Tortona on the other side of the train tacks. I was smitten with the neighborhood immediately. It reminded me of Tribeca or the far West Side of New York—Eleventh Avenue-esque. The neighborhood feels quaint but has modern flares such as loft-like, warehousey buildings and loads of shops. I shashayed my way around the colorful buildings and thin sidewalks, and although I never managed to find a canal, I had a splendid little passeggiata regardless.

Unbeknownst to me at that time, Zona Tortona in Milan was also dubbed the Design District. Many fashion houses are headquartered here which didn’t surprise me as the ‘hood emits a vibe that’s just plain “cool.” Before I moved here, I had once spent in a week in an apartment on Via Savona—just across the street from the Zegna HQ– and was in my glory. I just felt “in with it” being here and it doesn’t hurt that there are some solid restaurants in Milan in Zona Tortona.

When visiting, we most certainly suggest a stroll through Zona Tortona in Milan and while you’re at it, why not grab a bite to eat, too? Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Milan in Zona Tortona.  – Jackie DeGiorgio (photo and text)