Restaurants in Italy
Reservations are a must at this classic Italian restaurant, located around the corner from fashionable Via Monte Napoleone.
A pleasant, casual restaurant with a small but creative menu that changes monthly. The wine selection is extensive as befits a place that doubles as a wine bar and store.
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. You'll know you're in the right place when you see the lunchtime lines and people sitting on the curb, eating their purchases.
This rustic Roman osteria is always crowded, especially at lunch, when crowds clamor for the $11 menu (primo, secondo, contorno, vino). The pastas are hearty and top-notch, especially the spaghetti cacio e pepe, the bombolotti alla gricia, and the tonarelli with sausage and porcini mushrooms.
A jewel of a restaurant serving refined Tuscan food since 1958. The green-painted wood panels, embossed wallpaper, graniglia floors, and stucco details recall the Milanese trattorias of old. An international crowd keeps returning for the namesake chef's expert fish preparations.
Combining haute cuisine and affordable prices, chef Davide Oldani has been rewarded with a Michelin star and a months-long waiting list for a table at his restaurant just outside Milan.
Delicatessen takes its inspiration from Alto Adige, an area in the north of Italy where you're more likely to get schnitzel or smoked trout than a plate of pasta.
Lines snake out the door even in winter at this gelateria near the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (there are also three other locations in Milan). While the monthly menu features varietals of chocolate from around the world, other flavors are also available.
A refined yet comfortable restaurant, La Briciola is particularly pretty at night, when the plants are illuminated with hundreds of little lights, making it ideal for a special meal. The food is well-prepared classic Italian, and is complemented by an extensive wine list.
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. Dishes are prepared using the finest ingredients, and paired with wines in ways that are not obvious but also not trying too hard.
An old-school Milanese restaurant with antique furnishings, Antica Trattoria della Pesa has been in operation since 1880. Classic dishes like risotto alla milanese, ossobuco, and riso al salto are served much as they were 100 years ago.
Hometown chef and cookbook author Claudio Sadler's eponymous restaurant offers an escape from the frenetic pace of Milan. Five intimate rooms are decorated comfortably and tastefully, allowing you to focus on the creative interpretations of Milanese classics.
Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco, who also hosts MasterChef Italia and Hell's Kitchen Italia, offers his innovative take on Milanese tradition in a chic, modern space.
All five of the various Princi locations in Milan are inevitably crowded at lunchtime, with locals lining up for excellent focaccia, pizza, and sandwiches, as well as an extensive selection of breads and pastries. The Piazza XXV Aprile branch is open late and popular with night owls, too.
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.