Our favourite authentic restaurants in Milan
September 14, 2022
Nestled among lavender and bordered by roses, there are few reminders that this early 20th century villa and wine cellar near Bosco Verticale is a converted railway depot. Milanese chef Cesare Battisti established Ratanà in 2009, and its menu is bursting with seasonal ingredients. Diners flock to savour his modern interpretation of traditional Milanese and Lombard cuisine, prepared with organic vegetables from the Podere Pereto farm, and pasta sourced from Pastificio Agricolo Mancini. Typical dishes include asparagus from Mezzago served with egg rolled in breadcrumbs.
28 Via Gaetano de Castillia, 20124 Milan
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone
Grapevines curl along trellises in Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone’s colonnaded courtyard, inside Bagatti Valsecchi Palace. Its mosaic floor and marble statues make a delightful lunch spot on sunny afternoons. Browse the wonderful array of cheese and charcuterie in the deli, before heading to the palace’s former tack room, which is now a restaurant. Here dark walnut panelling creates an intimate atmosphere for feasting on homemade pasta, paired with a glass or two of wine from their exceptionally well-stocked cellar.
10 Via Santo Spirito, 20121 Milan
Our own restaurant at Hotel Principe di Savoia tells the story of food. The way we describe, serve and present your meal guides the senses to a higher appreciation of the cuisine. Our talented chef Alessandro Buffolino presents his very personal interpretation of classic Italian dishes with stunning presentation. Local and seasonal ingredients are used along with innovative techniques, in a perfect bond between tradition and modernity.
17 Piazza della Repubblica, 20124 Milan
Fairylights and ferns burst from arches at this restaurant, while photos of guests from the past 40 years lined the walls. Head chef Michelli Massimo serves classics including burrata, truffle gnocchi and the simple, yet special, peasant dish cacio e pepe alongside risotto alla Milanese. Starched linen-clad tables await indoors or on the terrace, and a wine cellar with 3,000 labels lets you sample some of the finest wines from the Aosta Valley to Sicily.
1 Via Marsala, 20122 Milan
Orchids, areca palms and birds of paradise bloom inside Il Solferino, filled with natural light thanks to its large windows and tall ceilings. Vines tumble from crates, providing clues to the huge wine cellar that lies beneath its tiled floor. The restaurant’s 12-page wine menu ensures there will always be a glass to match with your meal. Tempting delicacies range from truffle risotto to chicken breast in pea cream and purple potatoes. On warm evenings, the terrace of this 1909 restaurant is at its most inviting, shaded by a cascade of fairylight canopies.
2 Via Castelfidardo, corner of Via Solferino, 20121 Milan
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