It may be slightly off the map, but Carlo Cracco’s sawmill turned restaurant is well worth the trip. Arrive before your reservation to take a cocktail (some of the best in town) at the dedicated bar, but pace yourself for the excellent food to follow, including the salt cod omelet or spaghetti with anchovies.
Everything about Ceresio 7 screams attention to detail, from the Dimore Studio― designed restaurant to the rooftop pool with stunning views over the city. It’s not only the perfect perch for a sexy aperitivo, but also a sleek urban retreat when you want to set up shop poolside for the day.
Milan’s famous Da Giacomo eating empire now encompasses six establishments throughout the city (all of which are worth checking out) but the Arengario, with its stunning views of the Duomo, is one of our favorites. While difficult to secure a table in the glass atrium overlooking the fifteenth-century church, it’s a great spot for a smart business lunch or dinner.
The prices are steep, but this elegant dining superspot does not disappoint. It’s great for lunch or a formal dinner, but our favorite is the aperitivo complete with a top salami and cheese spread. Sip a spritz tucked away in a hidden, open-air courtyard that will make you feel like Milanese nobility.
This cozy trattoria is a mix of bric-a-brac and taxidermy that happily contrasts with the otherwise ordered and neat design. The food is old-school—pâté and rabbit thighs are served alongside pappardelle with porcini and buttery snails—but it hits the nail on the head of Milanese classics such as risotto Milanese. Tuesday nights are dedicated to jazz, which plays from the raucous wine cellar on the ground floor.
No one has figured out how to transport that kilo of gelato back to New York, but fear not! Those looking to take home some cult Milanese edibles can head over to mega–food hall Peck, where a range of (expensive) delicacies from small handmade chocolates and fluffy panettone to cheeses and salted meats can all be wrapped up to take away. Gourmands not in a rush can enjoy a smart and tasty meal at the restaurant.
This elegant lunch spot isn’t cheap, but it’s a favorite, semi-hidden spot for those busy shoppers shuffling up and down Montenapoleone. The tortelli di erbette and beef tartare are two dishes not to skip. If you missed lunch, come back at six o’clock for a Negroni and you’ll enjoy the city’s chicest and least obvious aperitivo spot.
The decor leaves much to be desired, but there’s a reason why this centrally located, bustling restaurant has become a respected favorite for locals and tourists alike. It has been serving up fresh Italian classics like cheese ravioli with porcini and truffle cream for more than forty years. Not so light on the waistline, but well worth it.