Although Milan is known for its large cathedral and luxury shopping, it also has some delicious eateries and lively bars – here are the best places that I experienced on my recent visit (in handy meal order):
Breakfast/morning snack – Luini Panzerotti
This bakery is famous for selling a variety of both savoury and sweet panzerotti (mini fried or baked pizzas). They have some really tempting flavour combinations but you’ll be coming back for weeks if you want to try them all! Each panzerotti costs €2.7 (£2.4/US$3.1) and makes a great breakfast or morning snack.
Top tip: arrive at 10am (when they open) to avoid the queues!
Lunch – Miscusi
Miscusi is the place to come if you want to eat fresh delicious pasta. The menu is simple but effective; you can mix’n’match different pastas with different sauces and then add any extras such as cheese or nuts. Order at the bar then wait for your personal pasta creation to come to life! I came here twice and enjoyed both the pesto genovese and the carbonara sauce. I’d also recommend their delicious homemade tiramisu!
Afternoon snack – Zia Esterina Sorbillo
This takeaway shop is home to the original Pizza Fritta (fried pizza). In fact, the only thing it serves are the pizza frittas yet there’s still always a queue outside! While you wait you can watch the chefs kneading the dough and adding the original recipe ricotta cheese, provola cheese, salami & tomato filling. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoy these pizza frittas because they’re fresh, simple and tasty!
Dinner option 1 – I Capatosta
I Capatosta is a cozy restaurant in the Navigli neighbourhood serving up typical South Italian food at reasonable prices. They’re known for their Neapolitan starters and desserts but also have a large selection of pizzas on offer.
Dinner option 2 – Lievità
Lievità is an upmarket restaurant in the Porta Monforte area of Milan – certainly not somewhere that you’d rock up to in hiking boots or a baseball cap! This does mean it’s slightly on the expensive side [€12+ (£10.5/US$14)] but they do make a seriously good pizza! For those who can afford it, they also have wine and beer recommendations for each dish.
Evening drinks – Pinch Spirits & Kitchen
This place has a wide range of inventive cocktails as well as premium beers, wines and more. But at Pinch it’s all about the atmosphere and the people: it has a laid back vibe with jazz music playing in the background; all the staff are extremely welcoming and everyone’s having a great time. Oh, and the bartenders are pretty damn good at making cocktails too.
Late night snack – Spontini
Not so much a late night snack as a late night meal; Spontini is famed for serving up deep pan pizza by the slice but each one is so big that they cut them into edible sized chunks! Choose from mediterranea, margherita or prosciutto and enjoy the biggest slice of pizza you’ve ever seen! They also serve other Italian favourites such as lasagna and tiramisu.
If I had to pick a favourite…
Best overall – Miscusi
My favourite pizza – I Capatosta
The Navigli area (where I Capatosta is located) is worth checking out at night as there are heaps of other bars and eateries – you’ll be sure to find something that takes your fancy.