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What to Eat in Milan

While in Milan, you'll no doubt find plenty of pasta, espresso, gelato and pizza, but you'll also want to sample Milanese cuisine. Similar to other regions in Italy, including the Amalfi Coast and Naples, Milan has its own culinary identity that features specialty dishes native to the region. You may be hard-pressed to find these dishes and drinks outside of Milan, but even if you do, they probably wouldn't be as good. The most important dish is Milanese risotto or risotto alla Milanese. It's unique primarily for one ingredient: saffron. It is said that the artist, not chef, who created it wanted to make his risotto more appealing to his guests, so he added the saffron to turn it yellow. 
Another must-try dish in Milan, which is often accompanied by saffron risotto, is the ossobuco, a flavorful veal shank. After being fried in onions and butter, the veal shank is left to marinate for hours in a simmering tomato broth accompanied by vegetables and white wine. Another popular veal dish to try is cotoletta. It may look a lot like Wiener schnitzel and that's because it might actually be. The history on whether it was invented by the Milanese or the Austrians isn't completely clear. Regardless, you can dig into this pan-fried, buttery- and bread crumbed-goodness most places in Milan. Those with a preference for the meatless will no doubt enjoy Milanese minestrone, which is comfort food to Milanese during the winter months. 
Whether you're an omnivore or carnivore, don't skimp on the bread or cheese here. The Lombardy region, for which Milan calls home, is known for its cheeses, specifically gorgonzola, mascarpone and Grana Padano, similar to parmesan. For breads, there is michetta, a star-shaped white bread often referred to by the Italians as the bread of the Milanese. There's also the panettone, a dessert bread made with candied fruits typically consumed during the holidays. And while here, don't forget to order a negroni cocktail. This famous gin-, Campari- and –vermouth cocktail, garnished with an orange peel, was invented in Milan, particularly at the Bar Basso. 

While in Milan, you'll no doubt find plenty of pasta, espresso, gelato and pizza, but you'll also want to sample Milanese cuisine. Similar to other regions in Italy, including the Amalfi Coast and Naples, Milan has its own culinary identity that features specialty dishes native to the region. You may be hard-pressed to find these dishes and drinks outside of Milan, but even if you do, they probably wouldn't be as good. The most important dish is Milanese risotto or risotto alla Milanese. It's unique primarily for one ingredient: saffron. It is said that the artist, not chef, who created it wanted to make his risotto more appealing to his guests, so he added the saffron to turn it yellow. 

Another must-try dish in Milan, which is often accompanied by saffron risotto, is the ossobuco, a flavorful veal shank. After being fried in onions and butter, the veal shank is left to marinate for hours in a simmering tomato broth accompanied by vegetables and white wine. Another popular veal dish to try is cotoletta. It may look a lot like Wiener schnitzel and that's because it might actually be. The history on whether it was invented by the Milanese or the Austrians isn't completely clear. Regardless, you can dig into this pan-fried, buttery- and bread crumbed-goodness most places in Milan. Those with a preference for the meatless will no doubt enjoy Milanese minestrone, which is comfort food to Milanese during the winter months. 

Whether you're an omnivore or carnivore, don't skimp on the bread or cheese here. The Lombardy region, for which Milan calls home, is known for its cheeses, specifically gorgonzola, mascarpone and Grana Padano, similar to parmesan. For breads, there is michetta, a star-shaped white bread often referred to by the Italians as the bread of the Milanese. There's also the panettone, a dessert bread made with candied fruits typically consumed during the holidays. And while here, don't forget to order a negroni cocktail. This famous gin-, Campari- and –vermouth cocktail, garnished with an orange peel, was invented in Milan, particularly at the Bar Basso. 

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  • #1
    Panzarotti
    #1 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 379 reviewsTripAdvisor (379)
    $ | Italian, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Deli, Gastropub, Street Food, Pub
    Viale Bligny 1, 20136 Milan Italy
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  • #2
    D.O.T. - Chianti Street Food
    #2 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 83 reviewsTripAdvisor (83)
    $ | Italian, Street Food
    Via Orti 1, 20122 Milan Italy
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  • #3
    Napiz
    #3 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 363 reviewsTripAdvisor (363)
    $ | Pizza
    Viale Vittorio Veneto 30, 20124 Milan Italy
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  • #4
    VUN Andrea Aprea
    #4 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 809 reviewsTripAdvisor (809)
    $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Contemporary
    Via Silvio Pellico 3, 20121 Milan Italy
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  • #5
    BistroBio
    #5 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 295 reviewsTripAdvisor (295)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    Via Valtellina 10, 20159 Milan Italy
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  • #6
    Terra Gelato
    #6 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 263 reviewsTripAdvisor (263)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    Via Vitruvio 38 Via Settembrini corner, 20124 Milan Italy
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  • #7
    Piadineria Artigianale Pascoli
    #7 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 756 reviewsTripAdvisor (756)
    $ | Italian, Fast Food
    Via Nicolo' Paganini 2, 20131 Milan Italy
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  • #8
    Shaolin State of Harmony - Raw Vegan
    #8 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 231 reviewsTripAdvisor (231)
    $ - $$ | Healthy, Soups
    Via Teglio 11 Centro Culturale Shaolin di Milano, 20158 Milan Italy
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  • #9
    Sapori Solari - Cocktail Bistrot
    #9 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 262 reviewsTripAdvisor (262)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    Via A. Stoppani, 11, 20129 Milan Italy
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  • #10
    Maison Touareg
    #10 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 184 reviewsTripAdvisor (184)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Arabic
    Via Varesina 77, 20156 Milan Italy
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  • #11
    Sapori Solari - Salumeria Bistrot
    #11 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1523 reviewsTripAdvisor (1523)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Deli, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, European
    Via Sofonisba Anguissola 54, 20146 Milan Italy
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  • #12
    TheLab - Unconventional Burger Experience
    #12 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 373 reviewsTripAdvisor (373)
    $ | Italian, American, Street Food
    Via Pasquale Sottocorno 5A, 20129 Milan Italy
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  • #13
    Sapori Stellari
    #13 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 324 reviewsTripAdvisor (324)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    Via Savona 127A, 20144 Milan Italy
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  • #14
    Kate Away
    #14 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 124 reviewsTripAdvisor (124)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe, Contemporary, Street Food, Bar
    Corso San Gottardo 29, 20136 Milan Italy
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  • #15
    Gusto 17
    #15 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 450 reviewsTripAdvisor (450)
    $ | Italian
    Via Savona 17, 20144 Milan Italy
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  • #16
    Premiata Cremeria Rossi
    #16 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 418 reviewsTripAdvisor (418)
    $ | Italian
    Piazza Simone Bolivar n. 7, 20146 Milan Italy
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  • #17
    Drinc. Cocktail & Conversation
    #17 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 145 reviewsTripAdvisor (145)
    $ - $$ |
    Via Plinio 32, 20129 Milan Italy
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  • #18
    NoA - Modern Bistrot
    #18 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 164 reviewsTripAdvisor (164)
    $ - $$ | International, Mediterranean, Italian, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Street Food
    Via Andrea Solari 50, 20144 Milan Italy
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  • #19
    LUX Gourmet Social Club
    #19 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 181 reviewsTripAdvisor (181)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Contemporary, Fusion
    Via Eugenio Carpi 5, 20131 Milan Italy
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  • #20
    POMET by Pasquale Pometto
    #20 of 9,829 Places to Eat in Milan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 746 reviewsTripAdvisor (746)
    $ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
    Angolo Via torino Via Valpetrosa 1, 20123 Milan Italy
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