This is one of the coziest atmospheres to eat in Milan. 28 Posti (28 Seats, the name says it all) is a contemporary bistrot in the heart of the Navigli where sustainability meets chic.
Trattoria La Madonnina
We love our home down on the Navigli but we’re the first to admit there’s a lot of crappy fake trattoria tourist traps. Thankfully this is not one of them.
Antica Trattoria della Pesa
La Pesa, as the Milanese call it, is one of Milan’s most-loved culinary spots and one of the oldest restaurants in town, placed right next to Corso Como’s buzzy nightlife.
Trattoria Masuelli San Marco
Far from the hectic scene in the center of town, you can always find inner culinary peace in this classic trattoria that has been run by the Masuelli family for over 90 years.
If you’re looking to dodge dough-ball city, this casual charmer isn’t for you. Otherwise, indulge in rich deliciousness like trofie con pesto, and then waddle out to the bocce court in the back garden-meets-terrace area.
You have to ring a bell to enter this vintage inspired restaurant where no two plates, cups, glasses or forks are the same. It’s a bit pricey for what it is- simple, traditional, Italian food- and it is a bit off pieced from the city center but the experience is totally worth it.
For those who didn’t secure a table at the fashion-packed and over-priced Langosteria, there’s a simple and elegant alternative just down the street, complete with starched white tablecloths. Traditional Italian dishes like bollito and cotoletta come with an extensive wine list served by waiters from another era.
Cucina del Toro
Not far from the Castello Sforzesco, this uber-Italian locale recalls the charm and minimal-chicness of a modern country locanda. It’s all about tradition plates such as gnocchi, salted codfish, and Piedmont beef and cheeses complemented by a simple but curated wine list.
Owned by the two charming grandsons of historic patisserie family Alemagna, centrally located and divinely decorated by of-the-moment architect Vincenzo de Cotiis, T’A does first-rate modern Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner and desserts that will destroy your diet plans. It’s a crime to skip the homemade chocolates with your afternoon macchiato. Sweetening the deal is their first shop of T’a-branded artisan chocolates inside the Bistrot.
Head to this fancypants lunch place where the handsome businessman in the city choose to chow down between meetings. It’s high-end, divine Italian cuisine set in a bright but formal dining room—i.e., ideal if you have an expense account or a generous date.
The menu here is limited but you have enough to keep track of with your hectic fashion week schedule. Sit back, take one of the daily specials and enjoy. Evergreens include the tuna tartare or the polpo con patate. All dishes pair beautifully with a chilled glass of Vermentino—so best if you’re not in a super-duper rush.
When you hit your carb-quota, get yourself over to Nordic Grill for a big slab of protein grilled to perfection. The minimal space drips with Skandi sensibility- exposed brick walls, cool slate floors, and simple wooden tables. It’s the perfect spot to hide when your inbox explodes and you want to gulp some Pinot Noir in peace.
For gorgeous, small plates in a setting that feels more like a home than a trattoria, head to Design Queen Rossana Orlandi’s new foodie spot next to her eponymous gallery and shop. Paola Navone spearheaded the design, so expect Nacho Carbonell with your plate of grilled octopus over the freshest green vegetables. When you’re done with your meal, wander through Orlandi’s not-to-miss gallery interiors.
Owned by one of Brera’s best-dressed proprietors, Italo Manca, Timé offers sophisticated options such as a filet of beef or a slab of fresh fish. A dedicated vegetarian menu includes a banging burrata served with fresh plum tomatoes alongside ravioli di magro. A perfect civilized lunch spot.
Un Posto a Milano
Savor a light lunch at this former farmstead turned family-friendly spot dating back to the 1700s. On a nice day, order a seasonal salad or fresh pasta outside on the wrap-around terrace. Come 6pm, they do a nice aperitivo—you’ll feel miles outside of Milan.
Sick of all of the pasta? This sleek spot just a stone’s throw from D&G’s HQs offers an Asian-inspired menu. The Japanese chef reinvents traditional Chinese and Italian dishes—we love the Wagyu carpaccio and the insalata caprese made with tofu, ideal for the vegetarians.