11 Hotspots to Wine & Dine in Milan Culture / Eat + Drink / Travel

Milan’s overall cityscape might be a little rough around the edges but the fashion-forward beautiful people of Milan know how to wine and dine!

The fastest way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach! I fell in love with the city all over again…

1 – Ratana

Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28, 20124 Milano, Italy

+39 2 8712 8855

Mon to Sun: 12:30 – 2:30PM, 7:30-11:30PM

A railroad storeroom in its past life, Ratana is a casual chic neo-bistro co-owned by Italian comedian, Antonio Albanese. The restaurant acquires produce from Slow Food, a grassroots organization that strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem. Their kitchen headed by Chef Cesare Battisti offers gourmet versions of Milanese comfort food dishes.

TIP: The Milanese risotto with Ossobuco is a must-try!

Milanese Risotto with Ossobuco

Milanese Risotto with Ossobuco

The restaurant used to be a railroad storeroom.

The restaurant used to be a railroad storeroom.

Ratana is a chic neo-bistro!

Ratana is a chic neo-bistro!

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Vino!

Homemade Straccitella, Lettuce & Tomato Confit

Homemade Straccitella, Lettuce & Tomato Confit

Risotti with Salami & Figs

Risotto with Salami & Figs

Veal in Tuna Sauce

Veal in Tuna Sauce

An homage to its past life as a railroad storeroom.

An homage to its past life as a railroad storeroom.

This chocolate dessert is TDF! Another must-try in Ratana!

This chocolate dessert is TDF! Another must-try in Ratana!

2 – Bulgari Hotel ($$$)

Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7b, 20121 Milano

+39 02 805 805 1

6:30PM – 9:00PM daily for aperitivo

Stimulate your appetite with a drink in one of the hippest places for “aperitif.” Aperitivo, an alcoholic beverage before a meal, is one of the many reasons I love Milan. In this fashionable city, aperitif is usually served with light snacks and is best enjoyed in the lush indoor-outdoor setting of Bulgari.

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The delicious snacks that come with the aperitif!

The delicious snacks that come with the aperitif!

9TIP: Ask their bartender for something special and they will surprise you with seasonal creations. Stay for dinner and enjoy their lobster pasta dish. In spring, extend for some cocktails in the hotel’s Dom Perignon Lounge & Raw Bar and socialise with the Milanese under the stars.

3 – Signorvino ($)

Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano, Italy

+39 02 8909 2539

Mon to Fri: 8AM – 12AM

Sat & Sun: 9AM – 12AM

A wine store that serves antipasti from the best artisan products, salads, traditional pasta dishes, and dessert to go with their curated selection of more than 1,500 Italian wine labels. Signorvino claims that wine is the authentic star of Italian culture and tradition. What better way to enjoy your wine than with a platter of cheese and cold cuts?

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TIP: They have 2 branches in Milan and I recommend the one near the Duomo. Sit in the al fresco dining area so you can enjoy the view while sipping on your latest wine discovery.

4 – Mandarin Bar & Bistro ($$$)

Via Andegari, 9

+39 02 8731 8888

Wed to Sat: 8:00AM – 2:00AM

Sun to Tues: 8:00AM – 1:00AM

Breakfast: 7:00AM – 10:30AM

Its black and white marble mosaic covered floor and walls plus eclectic furniture create a dramatic effect for the elegant bistro while the large central bar is perfect for schmoozing. If you prefer to drink and dine al fresco, the courtyard also provides the perfect atmosphere for lounging with low tables and comfortable sofas.

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TIP: If you want something quick, their ravioli only takes 5 minutes to prepare and it’s delicious too! If you are going for drinks, sit by the bar and let the bartender surprise you!

5 – Seta at the Mandarin Oriental ($$$)

Via Andegari, 9

+39 02 8731 8888

Lunch:

12:30PM – 2:30PM (Mon to Fri)

Dinner:

7:30PM – 10:30PM (Mon to Sat)

Seta, a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant has fast become one of Milan’s favourite dining destinations. Chef Antonio Guida updates traditional recipes with his own creative culinary techniques and the result is an exciting menu of classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist.

6 – 10 Corso Como

Corso Como 10

+39 02 2901 3581

A concept shop pioneer by former fashion editor (Vogue Italia, Vogue and Elle Italia) and publisher, Carla Sozzani. Corso Como, combines art and style through its curated exhibitions, bookshop, and cafe restaurant.

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TIP: Immerse yourself in art and culture and stay in one of the 3 suites in the compound. Room rate is €340 a night.

7 – Armani/Bamboo Bar ($$$)

Via Manzoni 31 Milan, Italy

+39 02 8883 8888

9:00AM – 1AM daily

6:00PM – 9:00PM for aperitivo

1:00PM – 3:00PM for Sunday Brunch

Armani/Bamboo Bar lives up to the sophistication of the Armani brand with its double volume ceiling and backlit onyx features, it is the perfect place for afternoon tea, Sunday brunch and pre and post dinner drinks.

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8 – Armani/Ristorante

Via Manzoni 31 Milan, Italy

+39 02 8883 8888

Breakfast:

Mon to Fri: 7:00 – 10:30AM

Sat & Sun: 7:00 – 11:00AM

Lunch:

12:30 – 2:30PM

Dinner: 7:30 – 10:30PM

Sunday Brunch: 1:00 – 3:00PM

Awarded with a Michelin Star, the Armani/Ristorante draws inspirations from the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy to provide its patrons with authentic culinary delights. The restaurant has an elegant ambiance and impeccable service!

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TIP: Their complimentary petit fours is a delightful experience and if you can’t finish the platter and you are a hotel guest, ask them to bring your bite-sized confectionery to your room because leaving it to waste is a sin!

9 – Il Solferino ($$$)

Via Castelfidardo, 2

+39 02 2900 5748

A popular restaurant serving typical Milanese dishes since 1909 located in the hip and happening district of Brera. Ask your sever for their wine recommendation to go with your meal and this should complete your experience!

TIP: Their fresh creamy burrata “stracciatella” cheese with cherry tomatoes is a must-try! The big ravioli stuffed with potatoes and porcini mushrooms in butter and sage sauce and spaghetti carbonara style are highly recommended for primo piatto or your first plate which usually consists of a pasta dish and Angus sliced meat with porcini mushroom for secondo piatto or your second plate/main dish usually consisting of meat or fish. Make room for dessert and order their tiramisu!

10 – Just Cavalli Restaurant & Club

Via Luigi Camoens c/o Torre Branca

+39 02 311817

Mon to Sun: 7:30PM – 5:00AM

With Roberto Cavalli’s signature bold prints, glass ceiling and walls, Just Cavalli Restaurant & Club is home to Milan’s glamorous set.

11 – Tartufi & Friends

Corso Venezia, 18

+39 02 7639 4031

Mon to Sun: 11:00AM – 12AM

Everything on the menu has truffles – a haven for truffle lovers! As one is greeted by the distinct mouthwatering truffle aroma, you can almost taste the elusive mushroom described as “A fruit sacred to Aphrodite” by Aristotle (IV Century B.C.).

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TIP: If the Alba (white) truffle is available it’s a must-try! Since everything on the menu has truffle, make sure you mix things up when both white and black truffles are available. If you enjoy a bubbly with your meal, Tartufi and Friends make their own prosecco or Italian white wine, and it goes well with their dishes. Always make room for dessert because their tiramisu is to-die-for! Might be worth it to note that they also make their own limoncello!

BONUS: The next one doesn’t fall under the category of wining & dining but it’s an experience nonetheless!

Luini Panzerotti ($)

Via Santa Radegonda, 16

+39 02 8646 1917

Mondays: 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Tues to Sat: 10:00AM – 8:00PM

An institution serving panzerotti, a tomato and mozzarella stuffed pie with the pizza dough as its crust. This establishment has been around since 1888 but the founder Giuseppina came to Milan from Puglia with her family in 1949 and opened a bakery. She later on discovered her family’s recipe for panzerotti while going through the recipes handed down from her grandfather and the rest is history. Today Luini Panzerotti offers a variety of stuffed pies with different kinds of filling. It’s hard to miss the place with the savoury smell of the panzerotti and the crowd that it attracts.

The classic tomato and mozzarella panzerotto!

The classic tomato and mozzarella panzerotto!

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TIP: Don’t be intimidated by the queue as they process everything quickly. The original panzerotto of tomato and mozzarella is a must-try but if you like spicy food you’ll also enjoy the hot salami and mozzarella flavour!

Buon appetito!

 


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