Milan + the Lakes Region

Restaurants in Milan + the Lakes Region

Mozzarella aficionados need look no further than the corner of Via Mercato and Via Fiori Chiari in the Brera district.

Stop for lunch to enjoy the zuppa di verdure and the house-made ravioli at this community spot, named for escargot, the local specialty.

Set in a centuries-old botanical garden, La Contrada serves regional specialties such as vegetable ravioli with dried-tomato gremolata and mozzarella mousse on a terrace overlooking the lake.

Every morning owner Cristian Ponzini sails out on Como to catch lavarello and other native fish to serve at his glass-walled restaurant. Ponzini is one of the few who have fishing rights on the lake—a privilege that has been passed down through his family for generations.

Established by fashion stylist Roberto Cavalli, this steel and glass restaurant and club at the foot of Torre Branca in Parco Sempione remains a hot spot for the international jet set.

This is a great spot to meet friends for a late dinner after a performance at La Scala (just two minutes away). The restaurant turns out reliably good Milanese basics and has a beautiful interior.