Eating Out in Milan

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For lunchtime it seems, that the Milan locals do not need much to be lucky, the city bursts of "paninotecas" and fast-food outlets, where they eat a quick and mostly cold lunch. But as in every Italian city dinner is the time for large meals and going out with friends. In Milan you will find a large selection of international restaurants as well as lots of marvellous "trattorie" or "ristoranti" specialized on local dishes. However, check out one of the Italian spots, where you will always find a delicious homemade meal for a fair price. Enjoy the Italian way of life (and eating), don't hesitate to ask about food, ingredients and day specials and don't forget to end you dinner with a desert and a caffé.

Milan restaurants are usually very expensive. For one complete dinner take count of at least 25€ per person, something less in pizzerias. Of course some places are a bit less expensive, but one must know where they are. To have a budget dinner avoiding international fast foods, Milan young people every evening crowdes pubs and locals for the HAPPY HOUR rite (also called "APERITIVO"). With 5-8 € in the majority of bars from usually 18:30 to 21:30 one can have a drink with an open buffet with a large variety of food. Many places offers not only pizzas and snacks, but also pasta, vegetables and sometimes meat.
City areas with higher density of such places are: corso di Porta Ticinese, Corso Como, Brera, Isola, Navigli. Duomo surroundings are poor of night life.

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June 17, 2005 change by berione

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El Gaucho

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Argentinian steakhouse, charming atmosphere. Tender, flavoursome meat is the major ingredient at this evocative venue that imports it direct from Argentina where livestock roam in absolute freedom. The Argentine "parillero" guarantees the authenticity of the traditional recipes.

Webpage: http://www.elgaucho.it/

type:South American
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address:via Carlo D'Adda 11, Navigli, Milano
tel:+39 (0)2 - 89400839

La Topaia

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La Topaia is situated near Porta Genova on the green line metro.
It is a traditional Italain restaraunt with live music and the entertainment that goes on into the early hours.
When you book a table it is for the whole evening.
The local clients often bring guitars and all join in the singing and playing.
The menu caters for meat eaters and vegitarians alike.
This is a very welcoming place speaking, Italian, Croasian, French, German and English.

type:Italian
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accessibility:8:80 pm - late
tel:028373469
address:Via F Argilati n40 20143 Milano
PriceOfMenu:euro 25-40
email:aabuyers@fastmail.fm

Joia

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This haute-cuisine restaurant near Piazza della Repubblica offers delicious vegetarian dishes, that are artistically prepared by chef Pietro Leemann, who creates a new menu every three months. Dishes might include ravioli with basil, potatoes, pine nuts, and crisp green beans, or purple taglioni with spring vegetables. A fish menu is also available, and there is a no-smoking dining room.

type:Italian
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address:Via Panfilo Castaldi 18, Milan
openinghours:Closed weekends, aug and dec 24 till jan 8.
tel:+39 (0)2 - 2952-2124

Sant Ambroeus

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The most beautiful pasticceria of the city. Sant Ambroeus is in the heart of the fashion district, near Via Montenapoleone and offers hand made candies, which can be either packed (even for travelling!) or eated inside in the internal tea room and outside.

At lunch a mediterranean menu is offered, and all day long dishes are ready to be eaten. A vaste offer of cakes, most of them so beautiful to be considered art pieces, can satisfy every client.

Ask for Miss Enrica to have everything wrapped in a unique manner, but always with the legendary silk more..

type:Italian
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tel:0276000540
url:www.santambroeus.org
address:Corso Matteotti, 7
email:info@santambroeus.org

La Libera

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Although this establishment in the heart of the Brera district calls itself "birreria con cucina" (beer cellar with kitchen), its young clientele comes here for the excellent food and convivial atmosphere. A soft current of jazz soothes the ripple of conversation amid restful dark green decor. Sample the creative cooking, which varies from season to season but might include dishes like the insalata esotica (avocado, chicken, rice, and papaya salad) or rognone di vitello con broccoletti e ginepro (veal kidneys with broccoli and juniper berries).

type:Italian
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address:Via Palermo 21, Milan, Italy
tel:+39 (0)2 - 805-3603

Lo Smeraldo

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Popular spot among students, they offer 30 types of homemade pizza.

type:Italian
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address:Via Ajaccio 1 (Citta Studi)

El Tropico Latino

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Nachos, tacos, burritos and margaritas in the heart of Milan.!

type:Mexican
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address:via San Carpoforo 7 (Zona Brera)
tel:+39 02-72002313

La Bruschetta

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La Bruschetta is one of the best and most popular pizzerias in the center. If you have information about La Bruschetta's menu or food choices, tell our readers about it by adding/editing this page.

type:Italian
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address:Piazza Beccaria 12

La Piadineria

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Freshlycooked piadina (a type of unleavened bread) with Parma ham, salami or cheese.

Mon to Fri: (11.30 to 20)

Sat: (18.30 to 22)

Sun: closed

It's extremely cheap, it's all home-made and it is in one of the best areas of Milan (close to Arco della Pace, Parco Sempione, Stazione Cadorna).

Absolutely delicious.

type:Italian
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tel:+39 02 314142
address:Corso Sempione, 17 (Milano)
PriceOfMenu:1 Piadina around 4 euros (depending on the ingradients)

Louisiana Bistro

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In the heart of Milan's historic Brera district, inside a restructured old brothel, there is the only bar and restaurant in Milan which offers a choice of three floors for a taste of true regional american food, dink and atmosphere.

type:American
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address:via Fiori Chiari, 17
email:info@louisianabistro.it
url:www.louisianabistro.it

Havana

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Cafe and restaurant with Cuban ambiente, music and menu, specialized in Creole dishes. Latin dance and folk music every weekend.

Havana webpage

type:Cuban & Caribbean
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email:havanacafe@tiscalinet.it
address:Viale Bligny 50, Milano
tel:+39 (0)2-58301327

Oficina do Sabor

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Brasilian specialties, atmosphere and music. Connection: Porta Romana

Mail: info@oficinadosabor.it

More info at their webpage

type:South American
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address:Via G. Agnesi 17, 20135 Milano
tel:+39 (0)2 - 5830 4965

Il Cantinone

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Famous old trattoria and bar with homemade pasta and some choice in wines.

type:Italian
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address:Via Agnello 19

La Capanna

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Everything goes smoothly in this popular trattoria near the Piola Metro stop (and the university). The food is predominantly Tuscan - Tuscan salami, pappardelle, fish, and steak - but some Milanese specialties are also on the menu. Year-round it is possible to dine on the restaurant's veranda.

type:Italian
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address:Via Donatello 9, Milan, Italy
openinghours:Closed Sat. and Aug.
tel:+39 (0)2 - 2940-0884

Rangoli

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New and really recommendable, to get a better impression, check their webpage

type:African
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address:Via Solferino 36, 20121 Milano
openinghours:closed on mondays
tel:+39 (0)2/29005333

indian shop

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Specialized in Indian and vegetarian dishes, to know more, check their webpage.

type:Indian
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email:ristorante_indiano@hotmail.com
address:Via Paolo Giovio 30, 20144 Milano
openinghours:daily noon - 3pm & 7 - 11pm
tel:+39 (0)2 - 4819 5307

Da Abele

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A bit far out, but worth the trip (MM Pasteur). a cosy haunt tat specializes in risotto and deserts.

type:Italian
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Un mondo leggero

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Ecological and Vegetarian restaurant with lots of different specialties (every day different lunch menues). Really delicious. for more info check their webpage

type:Vegetarian
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email:info@unmondoleggero.com
address:Via Pacini 39, Milano
tel:+39 (0)2 - 70608496

Joia

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Joia is a restaurant to experience as a vegetarian. For starters the menu is complex with an array of names like 'egg apparent'. And yes its truly a good night out to put your money aside for.

It's probably the only Michelin starred (1 star) veg only restaurant in Europe. The menu is complex and priced accordingly ... the basic 5 dish set menu / degustation is 60 euro without wine rising to 100 euro for the best meal you might ever have. Wine is extra, 3 selected top quality glasses will set you back another 30 euro

The atmosphere is plain ... more more..

type:Vegetarian
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accessibility:good
tel:+39 (02) 29522124
url:www.joia.it
address:Via Castaldi 18
PriceOfMenu:70 - 130 euro

Latteria Unione

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Close to the Duomo this restaurant offers excellent and varied vegetarian food with a friendly stuff. Unusual for Italian restaurants: they close at 8pm, so be early.

type:Italian
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address:Via Unione 6

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