In a country that has one of the finest cuisines worldwide you can always expect to eat well, but Milan offers some exceptional restaurants that are culinary destinations in their own right.
The restaurants below all offer something unique, whether it be their individual play of Italian cuisine or their sumptuous surroundings.
Cuisine: Japanese with Latin American influence
Style / Ambiance: Nobu Milan is a marriage from heaven combining high Italian fashion of Armani with world-renowned sushi.
On the ground floor, in the casual lounge bar, sip cocktails accompanied by a selection of sushi. For a new sophisticated experience book a table on the first floor and order from a sumptuous menu designed by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
+39 026 231 2645
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Via pisoni 1, 20121
IL LUOGO DI AIMO E NADIA
Cuisine: Traditional Tuscan
Style / Ambiance: This family restaurant, run by Aimo and Nadia, has become a big hit in Milan having been awarded two Michelin stars.
The tasting menu is the best way to sample Aimo and Nadia’s knowledge and love of Tuscan cuisine. It includes subtle Italian flavored dishes such as ‘Sirloin of veal mountain Fassona’. The walls are covered with bold abstract art work and the service is impeccable.
Style / Ambiance: High fashion and local business meet in this understated yet stylish restaurant found on an anonymous residential street just 15 minutes from the historical center.
While dining among Milan’s elegant locals, don’t be surprised if you see Giorgio Armani or Orlando Bloom enjoying the cuisine too. If you’re not looking out for celebrities the decor is something to be marveled at: celadon-colored walls, bookshelves and a striking mosaic floor provide exquisite surroundings. The cuisine is seafood prepared with wonderful Italian simplicity. Try the linguine tossed with scampi and zucchini flowers.
Cuisine: Italian nouveau
Style / Ambiance: One of the most awarded restaurants in Milan, Cracco has received the prestigious two Michelin star award and has been listed in San Pellegrino’s 100 best restaurants awards.
Chef Carlo Cracco is actively updating Milanese cuisine. Sample his renowned egg yolk spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chili or black cod glazed with honey, coffee and broccoli. Expect these dishes to be well accompanied with the finest wines by the restaurant’s award-winning sommelier.
LA VERANDA AT THE FOUR SEASONS
Style / Ambiance: The garden of the Four Seasons Hotel is a fabulous backdrop to this gourmet restaurant.
The menu incorporates both true Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes, using locally and seasonally sourced produce, by Executive Chef Vito Mollica and Chef de Cuisine Marco Veneruso. Expect dishes like the Figs-stuffed quail with roasted goose liver escalope.
+39 027 7088
Via Gesù 6/8, 20121
Cuisine: Modern Italian
Style / Ambiance: Claudio Sadler has dedicated his creativity to Italian cuisine.
Reinventing traditional dishes in bold ways using primary ingredients has earned the restaurant two Michelin stars and a listing in ‘Le Sorte’, an association that only includes restaurants dedicated to true Italian cuisine. Try, for example, the ‘goose liver, raisins, nuts, toasted pan brioches, bitter chocolate sauce, zest of orange and coffee’. The main restaurant is garnished throughout with modern art and there are three private dining rooms for groups of up to 12.
Style / Ambiance: A fun, surprising and all-involving culinary experience based on the chef’s respect for traditional flavors, fresh ingredients reinterpreting forms and aspects.
Using innovative shapes and plating and experimentation, the food invites guests to involve more senses. The menu is the promise revolution opener and a mirror reflects the guest’s image. There are 9 dishes that change with the changing seasonal ingredients.