When you think of Italy, you automatically think of great food, delicious wine, a rich history/culture and beautiful landscapes. The first time I went to Italy back in 2006 I visited Pisa, Verona, Florence, Venice Rome and Vatican City. I will never forget that first time but my restaurant choices weren’t the best.
Last October I decided to take a trip back to Italy after 10 years. A friend and I went to Milan and I was extremely impressed with the city. I definitely feel like it is one of the most fashionable cities in all of Europe more so than Paris and I was compelled to dress up every day like the locals. However, this post isn’t about fashion it is about the food! Food that touches your very soul. Food that throws a party in your mouth with every bite, and the delicious Italian wine to wash it all down.
If you are planning a trip to Milan these are my top 5 recommendations. Prices were great and with every meal we shared a bottle of really good Italian wine. For me wine is extremely important and I am quite the wine snob thanks to living in France so trust me when I say Milan delivers in the food and wine department.
Pane e Vino Milano
Located: Largo del Carrobbio 4, 20123 Milan, Italy
Price Range: 25€-50€
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
We discovered this place after a long day of Shopping in the city center. We were tired and looking for somewhere to have a great dinner. We stumbled upon the restaurant had a glance at the menu and was sold! After being seated we were promptly served a complimentary cocktail. The service was excellent and fast.
What Was Ordered?
Linguine con mezzo astice e datterino (Linguine with half of a clawed lobster and baby plum tomatoes)
Grand mix di mare alla griglia con gamberoni, campesante, branzino, scampi, tono (A large seafood mix grill with king prawns (shrimp), scallops, sea bass, scampi and tuna.
I am salivating just typing this and trying to recall he memory of this meal. Out of all the places we ate in Milan this restaurant was indeed my favorite. I would definitely recommend both dishes!
Galleria Vittorio Emmunuele
Located: Near the Duomo
Price Range: 15€-100€
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly
What I ordered? Tagliatelle Carbonara with Porcini Mushrooms
I don’t remember the name of the restaurant we went to but the Galleria boast of a few ranging in price of course. Some of the restaurants are on the more expensive side but be sure to look at all the menus before committing. Most people I spoke to while in Milan had a meal at a restaurant or two in the Galleria and sang their praises.
IYO Taste Experience
Located: Via Piero della Francesca 74
Price Range: Pricey
Cuisine: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Soups, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
What I ordered? Bomb Sushi that was vegetarian friendly!
I consider myself close to being a sushi expert…well not really bit I’ve had sushi on many occasions in various cities and IYO Taste Experience was definitely would of the best! This restaurant promises an experience and you definitely have one. The ambiance is nice and the service is quick!
Ristorante Pizzeria Del Drago
Located: Via Agnello, 17
Price Range: 15€-35€
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
What was ordered? Ravioli and Pizza
We had dinner here. The prices were great and the pizza was satisfying. Not the best we had in Milan but still very good. Of course my favorite was the pasta dish I had as well. The wine selection was great and priced well. I had the Ravioli and though the portion was small it was delicious. I stared at my plate afterwards wondering who ate my food.
Crocetta Panini D’autore
Located: Piazza Armando Diaz, 5
Price Range: 15€-25€
What was ordered? Trofie Al Pesto
I loved this place. I tried a pasta dish I’d never had before called Trofie Al Pesto. Pesto is my favorite sauce so that was a no brainer. We had lunch here and it was really great and affordable. The wait staff was very attentive and flirty but perhaps that’s Italian men in general. Definitely recommend after a morning of site seeing or shopping in the City Center.
Milan for me was all about the food. On my first trip to Italy I wasn’t as impressed with the food and I am realizing it was because I was young and visited tourist traps instead of finding really great authentic restaurants…well you live and you learn. This time everywhere we went was an experience.If you’ve visited Milan and have some great restaurant stories do share in the comments below!