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The best restaurants in Milan: 11 tips to eat well in Italy

Luciana Soares February, 2021

If gastronomy is one of the reasons why you choose or think about Italy as a tourist destination, you need to read today’s post. We will talk about the 11 best restaurants in Milan, their main differentials and most famous dishes.

The survey company YouGov listed in a ranking of 44 countries, the nationality of the most loved dishes in the world. Guess which country ranked first? Italy! The Italian gastronomy is the most favorite of 84% of the survey attendants!

Bearing that in mind, we have prepared a mouth-watering list of the 11 best restaurants in Milan (besides a bonus that cannot be missed on your menu):

 

  1. Enrico Bartolini al MUDEC
  2. Cracco
  3. Joia
  4. Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
  5. Ristorante Da Giacomo
  6. Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone
  7. Boeucc
  8. Nobu
  9. Langosteria
  10. Trippa
  11. Ratanà

11 best restaurants in Milan

best restaurants in Milan.

You will see:

  • Michelin-starred restaurants;
  • Tips of restaurants in Milan out of the tourist route;
  • Perfect options for light meals paired with excellent wines;
  • Places to taste typical Italian cuisine.

Are you ready? 

 

1. Enrico Bartolini al MUDEC

Enrico Bartolini al MUDEC, r

run by Enrico Bartolini, it is not just one of the best restaurants in Milan. We are talking about one of the Michelin 3-star restaurants in Italy recently awarded with the top score.

Located on the third floor of the Museo Delle Culture – MUDEC – the restaurant offers contemporary cuisine, with an unmistakable identity and an unforgettable flavor.

Average price: from €250 per person

 

2. Cracco

 Cracco is another starred restaurant that was awarded with a Michelin star in the latest version of the guide.

The refined place with elegant architecture, located in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, also houses a cuisine that mixes the most innovative and traditional Italian cuisine. On the menu, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine with a lot of fish and spareribs.

Besides the restaurant, Cracco also houses a bar, a bistro that serve snacks, a pastry shop and a wine boutique. According to the Michelin Guide, all of them are worth visiting!

Average price: €130 per experience

 

3. Joia

Do you enjoy sustainable, vegan and alternative cuisine? Joia is our indication. This Michelin 2-star restaurant has one conventional star and a “green star”, given to restaurants committed to sustainability.

After choosing a healthier and more natural lifestyle, the founder of the restaurant and chef Pietro Leeman developed a new philosophy.

The restaurant is focused on high vegetarian cuisine. Therefore, its recipes are made by natural ingredients. The dishes are avant-garde, experimental, carefully prepared and well presented. Full of flavor, the menu offers completely vegan and gluten-free options.

Average price:  from €50 to €130 per experience

 

4. Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

Owner of two Michelin stars (1980 and 1990), Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia is a restaurant opened in 1962 by the couple Aimo and Nadia Moroni.

Currently, the restaurant is run by Stéphanie, Aimo and Nádia’s daughter, who together with the chefs Fabio Pisani and Alessandro Negrini, gave the restaurant modernity touches. Nevertheless, the restaurant has kept its essence and traditional heritage built by the couple at the beginning of their journey as entrepreneurs.

On the menu, dishes are prepared with high-quality ingredients, making the restaurant one of the best ones in Milan.

Expect to find a contemporary, minimalist and elegant environment, with modern art decorating the walls in blue, red and white details.

Average price: from €115 to €250 per experience

 

5. Ristorante Da Giacomo

Ristorante Da Giacomo is a place to eat well in Milan. So, once in the city, be sure to dine at this pleasant restaurant, reminiscent from the early 20th century of the old Milanese trattorias. If your trip requires a romantic itinerary, the Giacomo restaurant certainly can make the difference.

On the menu, you will find fish dishes from tuna to spider crab, as well as a selected wine list. The golden tip for whom know Giacomo is to be sure to try the artisanal desserts, like the famous Bomba Giacomo, a puff pastry filled with mascarpone cream and red fruits.

Average price: from €20 to €35 per dish

 

 

6. Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone

Located in the heart of the city (via Santo Spirito), Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Milan.

The restaurant located in a place full of historical references, does not house only this enclosure. There is also a bistro café, whose breakfasts have gained fame for the fresh aroma of freshly baked desserts.

Whoever chooses this restaurant to live a culinary experience is not disappointed. On the menu you find fresh homemade pasta, cured meat and true Italian treasures, such as Parma ham and selected cheeses.

Average price: from €70 per experience 

 

7. Boeucc

Self-styled as “antico ristorante” (dated 1696),  Boeucc is a perfect option among the best restaurants in Milan to take you to the past.

Linen tablecloths, silver cutlery, crystal glasses and refined cuisine are faithful to the Milanese tradition. These are some of the characteristics of Boeucc that will make you live your gastronomic experience in an atmosphere that strongly dates the end of the 19th century.

If you are looking for a traditional Milanese restaurant, with expertise and experience in Milanese food, Boeucc should be part of your itinerary!

Average price: from €75

 

8. Nobu

The menu of Nobu restaurant in Milan is the result of a meticulous mix of traditional Japanese cuisine with Peruvian and Italian influences.

Due to its originality, Nobu is in the Michelin Guide as a restaurant with “pure, elegant and minimalist styles”.

Nobu is one of the renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Its characteristics makes it unique: the partnership with Armani. It is housed in the Armani building with the Armani Hotel Milan and a large Emporio Armani store with a space for cafe & restaurant.

On the menu, expect to find dishes with fresh fish and desserts like green tea ice cream.

Average price: from €75 to €140

 

9. Langosteria

Langosteria

is a cosmopolitan restaurant founded in 2007 that also houses a bistro (since 2012) and a café (since 2016).

Perfect for fish and seafood dish lovers, Langosteria knows how to explore the diverse potential of the ingredient. On the menu, raw dishes, oysters, seafood and, of course, fresh fish.

If you are looking for glamor and freshness, Langosteria is our indication!

Average price: from €57 to €128

 

10. Trippa

Are you searching for a simple and informal environment? Just found it! One of the best restaurants in Milan, Trippa was opened in 2015 and it offers a special touch of “retro” decor with a simple and uncomplicated management of a young team.

On the menu, several typical Italian dishes, including of course the casings that gave the restaurant its name.

Average price: from €25 to €50

 

11. Ratanà

Ratanà and its simple visual identity promises a different tourist and gastronomic experience. The basis of its cuisine is slow food, a movement whose objective is to promote real moments of food appreciation. To this end, supporters of the movement believe in the quality of meals and processes and in the careful search for the ideal ingredients.

On the menu, commanded by Chef Cesare Battisti, it is possible to find the very traditional risotto alla milanese with ossobuco (saffron risotto with sautéed veal shank), a must for travelers looking for experiences in the local cuisine of the visited destinations.

The Ratanà’s relaxation is noticed as soon as you arrive at the restaurant. It is located at a mansion that, in other times, housed a movie theater and today offers a beautiful view to those who eat outside.

Average price: from €19 to €80

 

Bonus: the best places for gelato

It is impossible to talk about the best restaurants in Milan without mentioning one of the greatest Italian delicacies: il gelato (we are not talking about ice cream! There are some important differences between both preparations!).

So, if you are already satisfied with all the options of bistros, wine bars and restaurants, it is time for the dessert!

Il massimo del gelato

Do you like chocolate? At Il massimo del gelato there are more than 10 artisanal gelato options on the menu using this magical ingredient.

Located on Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18.

 

Gusto 17

On the other hand, if your taste is for fruit, Gusto 17  is your place! The gelateria has as its philosophy develop its products with seasonal fruits without artificial thickeners, preservatives or dyes.

In Milan, you can find Gusto 17 at five different addresses, including Via Savona, 17 and Eataly Smeraldo.

 

Have you enjoyed the 11 best restaurants in Milan?

Have we intrigued your curiosity after reading this post? Then it is time to start planning your trip and include Milan’s best restaurants in your itinerary!

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Luciana Soares is a journalist passionate about traveling. She works at Cieli di Toscana and has lived in Florence. She knows and loves the beauties of the region.

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