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By Elite Traveler | February 5 2019
In a country that has one of the finest cuisines worldwide you can always expect to eat well, but Milan offers some exceptional restaurants that are culinary destinations in their own right.
Each of these restaurants offers something unique, whether it be their individual play on Italian cuisine or their sumptuous surroundings, and with this guide deciding on where to eat in Milan has never been easier. These are the best restaurants in Milan.
Nobu Milan is a marriage from heaven combining high Italian fashion of Armani with world-renowned sushi.
On the ground floor, in the casual lounge bar, sip cocktails accompanied by a selection of sushi. For a new sophisticated experience book a table on the first floor and order from a sumptuous menu designed by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
This family restaurant, run by Aimo and Nadia, has become one of the top restaurants in Milan, having been awarded two Michelin stars.
The tasting menu is the best way to sample Aimo and Nadia’s knowledge and love of Tuscan cuisine. It includes subtle Italian flavored dishes such as sirloin of veal mountain Fassona. At this Michelin star restaurant in Milan the walls are covered with bold abstract art work and the service is impeccable.
High fashion and local business meet in this understated yet stylish restaurant found on an anonymous residential street just 15 minutes from the historical center. Speak to any local about where to eat and they will often tell you Giacomo is one of the best places to eat in Milan.
While dining among Milan’s elegant locals, don’t be surprised if you see Giorgio Armani or Orlando Bloom enjoying the cuisine too. If you’re not looking out for celebrities the decor is something to be marveled at: celadon-colored walls, bookshelves and a striking mosaic floor provide exquisite surroundings. The cuisine is seafood prepared with wonderful Italian simplicity. Try the linguine tossed with scampi and zucchini flowers.
One of the most awarded restaurants in Milan, Cracco has received a prestigious Michelin star and has been listed in San Pellegrino’s 100 best restaurants. As a result, many people consider this to be Milan’s best restaurant. However, it is not only a restaurant. There is also a bar, a bistro, a wine cellar and a pastry shop. All are worth a visit.
Chef Carlo Cracco is actively updating Milanese cuisine. Sample his renowned egg yolk spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chili or black cod glazed with honey, coffee and broccoli. Expect these dishes to be well accompanied with the finest wines by the restaurant’s award-winning sommelier.
La Veranda at The Four Seasons overlooks the hotel’s beautiful gardens. It is a fabulous backdrop to this gourmet restaurant and makes it one of the most romantic in the city.
Although a destination restaurant, it is still popular with locals, who come to enjoy a menu that incorporates true Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. All the dishes are created using local and seasonal produce. Expect dishes like veal sweetbread, green tomato cream, poppy leave, breadcrumbs and Calvisuis caviar.
The restaurant also has its own pastry chef. Daniele Bonzi is the genius behind the hotel’s one-of-a-kind Chocolate Room. Among his many desserts, Bonzi makes sorbets, fresh-fruit tartlets and a Milano-style tiramisu.
Claudio Sadler has dedicated his creativity to Italian cuisine. And Sadler is widely considered one of the best places to eat in Milan.
Reinventing traditional dishes in bold ways using primary ingredients has earned the restaurant two Michelin stars and a listing in Le Sorte, an association that only includes restaurants dedicated to true Italian cuisine. Try, for example, the goose liver, raisins, nuts, toasted pan brioches, bitter chocolate sauce, zest of orange and coffee. The main restaurant is garnished throughout with modern art and there are three private dining rooms for groups of up to 12.
A fun, surprising and all-involving culinary experience based on the chef’s respect for traditional flavors, fresh ingredients reinterpreting forms and aspects.
Using innovative shapes and plating and experimentation, the food invites guests to involve more senses. The menu is the promise revolution opener and a mirror reflects the guest’s image. There are nine dishes that change with the changing seasonal ingredients, making it one of the most desirable places to eat in Milan.