There are probably thousands of restaurants in Milan and hundreds of guide books. Here are the restaurants we go to and you are sure to eat well at. In our list of our favorite restaurants in Milan, there is a variety of traditional Italian, modern and fusion restaurants, as well as ethnic and international cuisine. See also our Google map of restaurants we have included. (Celia A. – Milanostyle.com Editor)
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(The restaurants listed are in no particular order, this is not a restaurant ranking)
Viale Monte Nero, 21, 20135 Milan, Italy
Tel. 02 5501 2069
Area: Pta. Romana
A small, almost hidden, wine bar and restaurant with homemade cooking. There are a few tables outside, but I recommend eating inside, it’s dimly lit giving it a romantic glow. It’s fun to look around at the decor; the owner is a Champion Equestrian Jumper, therefore the name, Horse Cafè and he has his competition prizes, cups, ribbons and medals as well as other horse memorabilia and art on display. Even if you’re not particularly an equestrian, it’s a curious little place. The food is fantastic. We’ve been here a number of times and each time we have asked them to choose for us and we have never been disappointed. They serve both fish as well as meat dishes. There is always something temping on the dessert menu as well. If you are in Milan only one or two nights, it’s a sure bet, you won’t be disappointed.
Via Curatone, 5
Area: Pta. Romana
– Nice atomosphere, romantic for a couple, but also nice to go with a small group of friends. Known for French cuisine, Bistrot Il Sole also offers a nice menu of pasta and meat dishes and a fabulous cheese and wine assortment.
Re Salomone Kosher Restaurant,
Via Sardegna, 45,
Tel. 02 4694643,
– You can smell the homemade delicacies as soon as you walk in the door. You’ll be greeted with a smile by a member of this traditional, family run restaurant. The tables are beautifully set with crisp white linens and ornamental flowers. The menu is rich with both traditional kosher dishes and Israeli wines as well as classic Italian dishes (made with kosher meats and preparation). If you are nostalgic for , or haven’t ever tried Israeli food, this is the place to go to taste the flavors of the middle east. David, the manager was great helping us choose what to try. He brought us a sampler of appetizers ; Hummus, Babaganush, Tabule, Falafel, and Lahmajain and for our main dish we tried Shish Kebab and Shwarma. Everything was absolutely gorgeous! The flavors and richness and diversity of the ingredients all combined together to make a delicious meal. It’s a great restaurant for both family outings and birthdays, (it was my birthday and I got a song, a special soy ice-cream and souvenir photo!) as well as a romantic dinner for two (you can ask for a nice romantic table). If you don’t want a full meal, you can also go for a few appetizers and wine. During the winter Re Salomone hosts Saturday Night Falafel and Mojito nights with buffet, drinks and music, another great opportunity to try specialties from the menu. Prices are accessible. The quality/ price ratio is excellent.
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Open Sunday to Thursday.
Closed Friday evening and Saturday.
Open Saturday evening during the winter.
Via Tadino 17
Tel. 02 36514233
-In the popular Pt. Venezia district, Vinile is a comfortable step back in time. It’s not only a bar- café, but is host to art presentations, jazz and funk DJ set evenings, and simply, a great hangout. There are vintage café tables, chairs and sofas to sit and sip your coffee, read a newspaper and take a well welcomed break. Gianluca Soresi, music producer, opened Vinile at the end of 2011. His passion for music and all things 70’s is reflected in the décor . His personal vinyl collection, vintage hi-fi , Star War figure collection and book collection are all on display. He told me he would like to revive listening to music, “the ritual of listening to an LP has been lost, we used to sit down, listen to the music, look at the LP cover read the lyrics and story about the artist. Now, we just hear music in the background, we don’t listen to it anymore.” Vinile is a great meeting point for lunch, aperitivo or just hanging out.
Denzel Kosher Burger
Via Washinton 9
Tel. 02 485 19326
Area: P.zza De Angeli
– Are you looking for a gourmet burger in Milan? We are, and we’ve found it a Denzel. They call it Art burger, I call it yummy! Denzel looks small when entering but it has a large dining room in the back. We sat in the charming seated area near the door. They don’t only make burgers using quality kosher meats, there are also great falafels and tahini as well as fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes. I asked if “Denzel “ was a family name and they told me it was chosen so people would remember it easily; Via Washington –Denzel Washington – “Denzel”. Try it, you’ll like it!
Orti & Commenda
Via della Commenda 43 /corner Via Orti
Tel. 02 5450765
Area: Pta. Romana
– Boho chic cafe and restaurant. Great for lunches and casual dinner. Orti & Commenda focus on healthy, quality food. On the menu you’ll find home-cured Valchiavenna bresaola, citrus flavored ravioli, cous-cous and more. We tried the quiche, salad and cous-cous and for dessert fantastic homemade banana bread. The atmosphere is simple; blackboard menu and rustic wooden tables. Art from local artists is exhibited. It’s a great place for Sunday brunch. They are closed Tuesdays. www.orticommenda.it
Via Orti, 7
Tel. 02 5510852
– Intimate and Cozy Setteorti is run by Francesca and Laura, and is very low-profile with very few tables making it very intimate and cozy. The menu changes often, they always try to have something new and creative. We tried stuffed jalepeno peppers and a meat delicacy with blueberry sauce. They have a nice selection of wines and the service was friendly, yet descreet. There wasn’t any music playing but in the end we had decided it was better because it made you want to whisper and move in closer together adding a romantic element to the evening. Although it is small and intimate, it is quite suitable for a business lunch or an evening out with another couple. Setteorti is just out of the center of Milan in the Pt. Romana area. The closest metro is Crocetta and then a 3 minute walk to Via Orti, Ristorante Setteorti is on the left. (Tables are limited, call for a reservation)
Fiori Oscuri Bistrot
Via Fiori Oscuri, 3
Tel. 02 86 91 74 74
Located in the center of Milan’s Brera district, Fiori Oscuri is specialized in Gourmet Burgers. There’s a Bistro, Restaurant and Bar for dinner, parties, and special events. www.fiorioscuri.it
Via Madonnina, 27
Tel. 02 86460146
– In the heart of the Brera district, this corner restaurant will catch your eye everytime. Perfect for business lunches during the day. In the evening, il Cestino offers a lovely romantic atmosphere, and traditional Milanese dishes
Via Borgospesso, 12
Area: Golden Quadrilateral
– In the heart of the Milano fashion quadrant and nearby the financial district, Bice is often frequented by both the fahshion and financal “in-crowd”.
Nobu Fusion by Giorgio Armani
Via Pisoni, 1
Tel. 02 62312645
Area: Golden Quadrilateral
– Owned and designed by Giorgio Armani, Nobu is a great place for entertaining clients, or to impress your date. It is a sure bet you will see someone rich and famous. The menu offers an eclectic selection of Japanese food with a touch of South American spice. Most evenings there is “sushi happy hour”. Prices are not low.
Via P. Sottocorno, 6 Milan
Tel. 02 76023313
Area: Pta. Vittoria
-When you walk into Da Giacomo, you walk right into a classic film. Classic decor and delicious aromas fill the room. Da Giacomo is well known for fish, as well as traditional Milanese dishes. It gets crowded throughout the week, so book in advance.
Sarla Indian Restaurant
Via G. Stampa, 4 Milan
Tel. 02 89095538
– The discreet entrance makes you feel like you are entering a very exclusive place, while in reality you are greeted with warmth and hospitality. The ambiance is elegant and simple, decorated with authentic furnishings and artwork of India. You can see the chef and his staff in the kitchen at work through a transparent wall preparing traditional recipes using authentic fresh spices. For guests new to Indian food and seasonings, the serving staff are ready to offer their expert advice. Absolutely the best Indian restaurant in Milan! Read more »
Don Juan – Ristorante Argentino
Via Altaguardia 2 Milan
Tel. 02 58430805
Area: Pta. Romana
– Fat juicy steaks. All meat is imported from Argentina. The best thing about the Don Juan is the glass store front window looking in to their kitchen from via Altaguardia to the left of the entrance. On a Friday night there usually 3-4 cooks grilling and cabobbing meat and vegetables on the fiery brick barbecue. The dinning room decor is rustic South America, and frequented by the trendy chic.
Viale Monte Nero, 19
Tel. 02 55185740
Area: Pta. Romana
Mexican grill and aperitivo bar.
Via Campazzino, 14
Tel. 02 89517771
Area: South; Morivione
– Great for a night out with friends hanging out in the garden, you almost forget you are in Milan. Also great for a romantic dinner for two. Keep your eye on the website or sign up for the 4cento newsletter for events and parties.
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