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Cracco

Italian 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Star chef Carlo Cracco keeps the Milanese in thrall with his off-the-wall inventiveness. — Lonely Planet

One of Milan’s best restaurants, this is led by Carlo Cracco, one of the first Italian chefs to be awarded three Michelin stars. — DK Eyewitness

This innovative Italian restaurant has put central Milan back on the foodie map of Italy with its unrepentantly contemporary Italian food. — Concierge

In an elegant dining room favoring cool earth tones and clean lines, tasting menus are a good way to savor many of chef Carlo Cracco's delicate inventions. — Fodor's

Carlo Cracco whips up traditional Italian comfort food in a dining room that looks like the foyer of a boutique hotel. — BlackBook

Joia

Vegan and Vegetarian 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This restaurant focuses on beautifully presented vegetarian cuisine with a hint of Eastern fiavour. — Michelin Guide

Known for seasonal produce and light, clean flavours, the menu at Joia is also imbued with drama and poetry. — Lonely Planet

Hats off to Swiss-born chef Pietro Leeman, whose creative way with greenery—and some fish—places this elegant establishment a million miles away from your average Berkeley-style nuts and sprouts café. — Concierge

At this haute-cuisine vegetarian haven near Piazza della Repubblica, delicious dishes are artistically prepared by Chef Pietro Leemann. — Fodor's

This calm, minimalist but wood-warm space near the Giardini Pubblici is the domain of Swiss chef Pietro Leemann. — Time Out

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

Italian 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Serving contemporary Italian food for more than 50 years, owners Aimo and Nadia respect the tradition and heritage of their dishes but aren't bound by them. — Travel + Leisure

The quality to be discovered at Aimo e Nadia is exquisite. Each piece is presented like top-notch sushi and tastes of a meticulous approach to Italian cookery. — BlackBook

For the Milanese, food should be like clothing: excellent, imaginative, seasonal and suitable for all occasions. — Lonely Planet

Expect creative pan-Italian cuisine at Aimo e Nadia. Perfect pasta dishes and game in autumn, such as veal tenderloin or guinea fowl. — DK Eyewitness

Tuscan cuisine was brought to Milan, and later to other regions. Faithful to this, the selection of Italian products that the restaurant offers today is difficult to equal. — Michelin Guide

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Sadler

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Get ready for a serious tummy-cramming session and Claudio Sadler’s culinary wisdom. — Lonely Planet

Overlooking the Naviglio canal on the outskirts of the city, this restaurant focuses all its attention on its cuisine, which features traditional recipes reinterpreted with a contemporary flavour. — Michelin Guide

Three different tasting menus are available, as well as a la carte and vegetarian options, the sum of which has been awarded two Michelin stars. — Travel + Leisure

The delicately presented dishes include modern-day takes on risotto Milanese, lobster carpaccio, and tiny, tiny burgers made of snapper. Delicious desserts include rhubarb sorbet flavored with carrot. — Frommer's

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Luini

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There is a reason the locals line up down the block at this place come lunchtime: the pomodoro panzerotti. It's a perfect little pocket filled with fresh, warm, gooey mozzarella and local... — Afar Magazine

Panzerotti is Milanese for yummy at this historic purveyor of pizza-dough pastries stuffed with cheeses, spinach, tomato, pesto and prosciutto. — Lonely Planet

Like many Italian cities, Milan does not have a highly developed snack-on-the-run culture. — Concierge

A city institution that’s been serving panzerotti (deep-fried mini calzone) round the corner from the Duomo for over 150 years. — Rough Guide

A hole-in-the-wall tucked away on a side street behind the Duomo, Luini sells mostly panzerotti, a type of deep-fried calzone that's a bit lighter than that implies. — Travel + Leisure

Seta

85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Smooth as the silk after which it is named, Seta is Michelin-starred dining at its best: beautiful, inventive and full of flavour surprises — Lonely Planet

The menu features meat and fish dishes with influences from northern and southern Italy, as well as a choice of exotic desserts. — Michelin Guide

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Tano Passami L'olio

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This classic, elegant restaurant provides the setting for decidedly original cuisine featuring unusual combinations and elegant presentation. — Michelin Guide

Although quite a hike from the navigli action, decadent little 'Tano pass me the oil' is well worth a visit, especially if you like olive oil. — Time Out

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Nobu Milano

Sushi 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A dozen plus years and as many restaurants later, chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa still mixes continents and cuisines with a certain flair, though one wonders how far the franchise can stretch. — Lonely Planet

This unique restaurant is the result of collaboration between the designer Armani and one of the best Japanese chefs in the world, Nobuyuki. — Michelin Guide

Raw fish just doesn't get more fashionable than the sushi at the Milan outpost of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa's restaurant empire. — Time Out

Within the white Armani megastore on Via Manzoni you can find Japanese master chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s famous Nobu restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

Dishes like yellowtail with jalepeno and black cod with miso have become standards in his restaurants and beyond. — Travel + Leisure

Alice Ristorante

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu is full of humour, with dishes such as Polp Fiction (octopus with zucchini trumpets) and That Ball! (truffle ice cream with chocolate, zabaglione and cocoa). — Lonely Planet

The attractive designer-style decor makes the perfect backdrop for the imaginative cuisine that includes a number of fish dishes. — Michelin Guide

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Ristorante Berton

84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The ultramodern interior, with its gleaming elm wood panelling, provides a sleek environment for his ‘evolved’ cuisine. As such, you can expect traditional ingredients in new, creative guises. — Lonely Planet

Light, modern and minimalist in style, the restaurant decor echoes the cuisine served here, which uses just a few ingredients to create original and beautifully presented dishes — Michelin Guide

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Dongio'

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dongio is a typical simple trattoria, where the food is the highlight. The rustic, comfortable and intimate atmosphere is perfect for a romantic meal. — DK Eyewitness

The red hot chili pepper is native to the Americas, but few places in the world have learned to work with the plant better than the Calabrians in the toe of the Italian boot. — Frommer's

One of the best value-for-money restaurants in Milan, this big-hearted Calabrese trattoria serves the spicy flavours of the south on delicious homemade pasta. — Lonely Planet

This family-run restaurant introduces a flavour of traditional Calabria to Milan with a simple, lively atmosphere that is quite rare nowadays. — Michelin Guide

You'll smell this popular Calabrian trattoria from the corner: its slowly simmering pasta sauces, often flavoured with spicy 'nduja (Calabrian sausage), permeate the entire city block. — Time Out

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Al Pont de Ferr

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Navigli’s osterie (restaurants/bars) can often disappoint on the food front, but Al Pont de Ferr lifts the game. — Lonely Planet

This is one of the more culinarily respectable of the dozens of restaurants around the Navigli, with tables set out on the flagstones overlooking the canal. — Frommer's

Matias Perdomo is an Argentinian with a preference for Molecular Gastronomy, influenced by such greats as the Roca Brothers and Ferran Adrià, running a kitchen and a dining room... — Afar Magazine

Situated on the Naviglio Grande promenade in front of the old iron bridge, this simple, rustic-style restaurant serves elegant, yet reasonably priced gourmet cuisine. — Michelin Guide

Typical Milanese tavern on the Navigli blending traditional cuisine with modern flair. Good antipasti include courgette flower flans, salamis and bean soups. — DK Eyewitness

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Fioraio Bianchi Caffe

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A French-style bistro in the heart of Milan, Fioraio Bianchi Caffe was opened more than 40 years ago by Raimondo Bianchi, a great lover of flowers. — Fodor's

Covent Garden florist meets modern Italian cuisine. Each dish is lovingly conceived, although you pay handsomely for that love. — Time Out

One of the city's most original restaurants, the bistrolike Fioraio Bianchi Caffè occupies a former flower shop in the artsy, fashionista Brera district. — Concierge

This former florist’s shop is great for a subtly French lunch, or an excellent aperitivo among the flowers. — Lonely Planet

Although the cuisine at lunch and supper is solid pan-European — pastas, risotto, calamari, tuna, veal Fioraio Bianchi comes into its own as an afternoon stop-off for creamy French cannelès flavored with vanilla. — Frommer's

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Hostaria Borromei

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in an 18C palazzo in the heart of the historic centre, this small restaurant serves traditional, regional cuisine, with the accent on dishes from Mantua. — Michelin Guide

In the heart of Milan’s business quarter is this unpretentious family-run tavern. It has a romantic courtyard setting in an old palazzo and in summer you can sit outside under the vines. — DK Eyewitness

Tucked in an alley near the historic downtown you'll find this small restaurant serving traditional, regional dishes (at a great price especially for the area). — Afar Magazine

Although the restaurant offers an indoor seating area, Hostaria Borromei is made for summer evenings. — Time Out

This stalwart Milanese favorite with a delicious down-home vibe and hearty Lombardian gastronomy needs booking in advance for weekend dining, especially on the vineyard terrace for summer dining. — Frommer's

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Pasticceria Marchesi

Dessert 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pasticceria Marchesi is Milan's most revered chocolatier, serving classy hand-made confectionery alongside puffy meringues, elegant pastries, and extravagantly decorated tortes. — Frommer's

Kick off your day with a cornetto and cappuccino at Pasticceria Marchesi, one of Milan’s oldest cafes. — Condé Nast Traveler

A Milanese landmark since 1824, Pasticceria Marchesi offers traditional Italian sweets: biscotti, cakes, and pralines as well as coffee (of course) in a space that is a step back in time. — Travel + Leisure

For a coffee and pastry shop, Pasticceria Marchesi has an unexpected historic elegance. Since the 1800s, they've stuck with a formula that works—classic cookies, jars of sweets, and... — Afar Magazine

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Da Giacomo

Italian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This old Milanese trattoria dates from the early 20C. Seafood enthusiasts will be delighted by the numerous fish specialities on offer. — Michelin Guide

A glamorous 1920s bistro designed by Studio Peregalli. — Condé Nast Traveler

A popular haunt for the well-heeled and fashionable Milanese. The stylish dining room is decorated with Art Deco lamps and photos of famous faces. — DK Eyewitness

The fashion and publishing crowd, as well as international bankers and businessmen, favor this Tuscan/Ligurian restaurant. — Fodor's

Not far from where the Devils shop for Prada, they feed too. Da Giacomo verifies that traditional, Tuscan style still suffices. — BlackBook

Trattoria Milanese

Fast Food 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An elegant but well-priced neighbourhood restaurant in the labyrinth of ancient streets a ten-minute walk west of the Duomo. — Rough Guide

This local institution just around the corner from the main post office does just what it says on the box: It offers great, down-home Milanese cuisine in an upmarket trattoria setting — Concierge

Seemingly unchanged in 50 years, this warm trattoria is refined yet inviting. — Time Out

The risotto alla Milanese, with saffron and beef marrow, not surprisingly, is excellent, as is the minestrone that's served hot in the winter and at room temperature in the summer. — Frommer's

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La Brisa

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Discreet, elegant and exquisitely romantic. — Lonely Planet

Like a stroll through the Rockefellers’ private gardens, La Brisa is the gateway to simple gourmet and vegetarian food in Milano. — BlackBook

Opposite an archaeological site dating from Roman times, this trattoria serves modern, regional cuisine. Summer dining on the veranda overlooking the garden. — Michelin Guide

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Antica Trattoria della Pesa

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Classic dishes like risotto alla milanese, ossobuco, and riso al salto are served much as they were 100 years ago. — Travel + Leisure

Our top pick for sampling Milanese food, located in a 19th-century weigh station. — Time Out

Comfort food – osso buco on polenta topped with gremolata, bollito misto (boiled meat) and cotoletta (crumbed veal cutlets) – spice it up with some red. — Lonely Planet

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Peck Italian Bar

79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In a land where it's next to impossible to sit down for a meal outside fixed lunch and dinner times, Peck Italian Bar is unusual: it serves food all day long. — Time Out

Like some of the city's old grand caffès, this establishment serves food all day from prima colazione (breakfast) to aperitivo time and beyond. — Frommer's

Peck’s dining room lets quality produce shine with staples like cotoletto (cutlets), risotto and roasts done with fabulously fresh, well-sourced ingredients, if not a smidgen of contemporary flair. — Lonely Planet

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