Best Traditional Restaurants in Milan

12 Sep 2019
If what you are looking for is a mouthful of local delights, you want to head to one of the many trattorie and osterie scattered around the city: most of them will be charming, genuine restaurants with generous portions on offer. For a bite on the go whilst exploring Piazza del Duomo, you can have a panzerotto from the local institution Luini or, if you have the chance of going out of the city centre, a visit to a cascina - farmhouse - will give you the opportunity to taste local produce in a beautifully green setting.


Tucked away in a side street just a short stroll from Porta Romana, Dongiò is one of the best value-for-money restaurants in Milan. Inside, the space is divided into two cosy, warmly lit nooks where tables covered in pristine white linen jostle with dark mahogany chairs. This trattoria specialises in Calabrian cuisine, offering dishes flavoured with the spicy aromas of the south. All the pasta on served up here is made in-house. With an excellent wine list and an interesting selection of grappas, Dongiò is full almost every night of the week. Booking in advance is strongly recommended

Erba Brusca

French and English by birth, raised in the USA but Italian at heart, Alice Delcourt brings her international background to the kitchen at Erba Brusca where her worldly flare shines in every dish. Local and seasonal are the focus of her fare, which features a cornucopia of produce from the restaurant’s on-site garden. With colourful combinations like red beet risotto dotted with herbs and a swirl of yogurt as a finishing touch, Delcourt’s farm-to-table menu delights the eye and the palate. Try the Chef’s Tasting Menu to experience her repertoire, a great deal at just €32. Erba Brusca is located in the southern outskirts of Milan and best reached by car, or even better, by biking the picturesque path along the Navigli Canals.

Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

Between his Michelin stars and television roles, Carlo Cracco hardly needs an introduction. A world-renowned celebrity chef, it comes as no surprise that his newest venture, Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, tops the list of Milan's hottest places to dine. Housed in a former sawmill (segheria), the restaurant has retained its industrial interior but sets the bar for swank under the artistic direction of Cracco's partner, Tanja Solci. The 65-seat table in the shape of a cross and glass chandeliers give the open space a gothic feel, but Solci softens the ambience with an assortment of vintage crockery and whimsically decorated paper ware, lending a homey touch to the communal setting. Chef Emanuele Pollini's menu evolves constantly and features fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared in unexpected ways, matched perfectly by an equally unusual line-up of cocktails prepared with meticulous precision by the Segheria's superstar barista. The only drawback? Reservations can be hard to come by, so make your booking well in advance!


By re-naming this locale, Mamai (the Gaelic word for mother), Stefano Sardella and Chef Davide Viviani not only paid tribute to the motherly mentorship of its former owners (Viviana Varese and Sandra Ciciriello of Alice), but also played on the word ama, or love in Italian. And love is precisely what you'll find in every plate served at Mamai. From the carefully sourced, seasonal ingredients to the stunning presentation of its dishes, each one an edible work-of-art, Chef Viviani's passion is palatable, his precision remarkable. To experience a range of his masterpieces, try a Land, Sea or Chef's tasting menu or ask for recommendations from Mamai's welcoming staff who will ensure you feel right at home.

Pavarotti Milano Restaurant Museum

Larger than life, Luciano Pavarotti remains the most famous and beloved tenors of all time, and Italy's pride and joy. It only seems fitting then that Milan, city of opera and home of Teatro alla Scala, should open a restaurant in his honour. Featuring the cuisine of Emilia Romagna, province of the maestro's native city of Modena, Pavarotti Milano Restaurant Museum pays tribute to the icon with his favourite dishes, like tagliatelle al ragù, as well as live music, memorabilia and photographs.

Un Posto a Milano

Tucked within the grounds of a formerly abandoned 17th century farmhouse, Un Posto a Milano restaurant offers an imaginative menu made from seasonal, locally-sourced and organic produce. Pasta, bread, desserts and even some of the vegetables served here are made and grown on-site or sourced from small, local producers. The interior reflects Cascina Cuccagna's former life, with exposed brickwork, a corrugated iron roof and splashes of colour dominating the decor, and in summer the restaurant tables spill out into the garden.

Nassa Osteria di Mare

Born from a mutual passion for the sea, Nassa Osteria di Mare is the culmination of a dream for owner Gabriele Tasinato, Chef Maurizio Di Prima and restaurant manager, Giacomo Marchesi. Surprising considering they are all natives of Lombardy, a far stretch from Italy's coastline, but it only takes one bite to prove that where passion leads, excellence follows. An intrepid team, the trio divides and conquers to ensure a flawless execution from start-to-finish: Tasinato sources the freshest seafood caught from the waters surrounding Italy; Chef Di Prima spins modern twists on classic Italian recipes; and Marchesi ensures an impeccable level of service at each and every table. Reservations are recommended at this intimate 35-seat restaurant whose tasteful underwater decor will transport you to the Mediterranean without ever leaving metropolitan Milan.

Michelangelo Restaurant

World-travellers, your layover at Milano Linate Airport just became one of the highlights of your trip. Adjectives like "elegant", "tranquil", "welcoming" and "delectable" don’t typically describe an airport eatery, but they do sum up the recently opened Michelangelo Restaurant located on Linate’s second floor. Under the watchful eye and masterful hands of Executive Chef Michelangelo Citino, ex-pupil of Gualtiero Marchesi and Davide Oldani, and Chef Fabio Aceti, the restaurant’s open kitchen turns out impeccably prepared nouvelle cuisine that rivals even the upscale restaurants of downtown Milan. A purposefully mix-matched décor of high-end design, the pleasant surprises don’t stop at the food, but are reflected in every chair, table and art piece hanging on the wall.


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