Milan + the Lakes Region

Restaurants in Milan + the Lakes Region

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.

Superstar chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Milanese outpost is located in the Armani Superstore, though you can enter from the street. Marrying his classical training as a sushi chef in Japan with his world travels, particularly in Peru and Argentina, Nobu changed the world's perception of Japanese food.

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.

Coming from the kitchen of Italy’s first restaurant to win three Michelin stars, chef Carlo Cracco teamed with gourmet food seller Peck to launch a new restaurant two blocks from the duomo that serves innovated Milanese dishes like egg yolk spaghetti, risotto with black sesame and apple, and ink

This restaurant on the trendy Corso Como achieves full potential during Milan’s annual fashion week. Renowned designer Tom Ford rents a table for the week, while the rest of the place fills with international models, actors, and footballers.

Sozzani’s favorite restaurant is housed in a 500-year-old palazzo and serves the town’s best tortelli di zucca (pumpkin ravioli).