10 Things to eat in Milan and Where

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In Italy there is a city divided between tradition and innovation, where the flavors of the past blend with the new needs of consumers and innovations. We are talking about Milan and dishes that you absolutely must taste if you are there.

La Milanese cuisine it is decidedly "heavier" than you think: its dishes are substantial and very tasty thanks to the skilful use of simple ingredients and spices, not to mention the different textures that you will feel with every bite. Here we give you some tips on traditional dishes to taste and where to do it. It is really worth it.


  1. Busecca
  2. Nerve salad (gnervitt)
  3. Saffron risotto
  4. Polenta
  5. Milanese cutlet
  6. Braised veal
  7. cassoeula
  8. Minestron a la milanesa
  9. Barbajada
  10. Panettone
  11. Where to eat in Milan: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Busecca

The first dish that you absolutely must try if you are in Milan is the Busecca. It's about a hot dish prepared with tripe and beans. It is very tasty and will take you back in time. This dish, in fact, of poor origin, was originally consumed by the farmers during the night of Christmas. Today in Milan you can find it in different variations since each "family" had its own version, but the basic ingredients are always the same.

  • Recommended for: dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: tripe, white beans, bacon, tomato

2 - Nerve salad (gnervitt)

It is perhaps one of the dishes that arouse more fear to those who are not used to these dishes.

The nerves are nothing more than the cartilages of the bovine shin. They are found almost everywhere in Italy, cooked in every way and manner, but to have them in the form of a salad you have to go to Milan. Its ingredients are quite simple like its preparation, which however is a bit long.

  • Recommended for: always, as an appetizer
  • Average cost: € 8,50
  • Main ingredients: nerves, onion, bay leaf, white wine vinegar

3 - Risotto alla Milanese

Il saffron risotto it is undoubtedly the flag of Milan. Known all over the world thanks to its golden color, risotto is as easy as it is insidious to cook, so we recommend that you rely on expert Milanese hands to taste it in one of the many traditional restaurants in the city.

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: rice, ox marrow, saffron, butter

4 - Polenta

La polenta it is one of those dishes that Milan declines in every way, you can also find it in the form of a "sandwich" in the streets of the city. The most famous and traditional is undoubtedly the polenta with cod, typical dinner on Friday evening in Milan, but also with cheeses (to try absolutely with the local gorgonzola) and any other type of condiment.

  • Recommended for: dinner, in winter
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: yellow polenta, salt

5 - Milanese cutlet

La Milanese cutlet is one of those dishes that entered the Italian culinary tradition effortlessly. Her crunchy breading and the tasty meat make it an excellent dish for adults and children. However, if you want to taste the "real" Milanese cutlet, you can't miss a trip to one of these places in Milan. Once you have tried the original version you will no longer be able to do without it:

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 25,00
  • Main ingredients: veal cutlets, butter, flour, breadcrumbs

6 - Ossobuco

L'braised veal never forgets. Typical of Milanese cuisine, this type of meat is cooked in such a way as to keep the marrow inside, also used for Milanese risotto. It is no coincidence that these two dishes are often served together. If you love meat, you cannot fail to taste it, already in 1700 it was considered a dish for connoisseurs.

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 25,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, white wine vinegar, onions, flour

7 - Cassoeula

In winter in Milan the cassoeula is a must. It is a dish based on pork meat (rind, ears, paws, etc.) which has its roots in legend. Its origins are uncertain but it is a dish that has conquered the tastes of historical figures of every era. One of all, it seems that it was one of Toscanini's favorite dishes.

  • Recommended for: dinner
  • Average cost: € 27,00
  • Main ingredients: pork (ribs, rinds, ears, legs), cabbage

8 - Minestron a la milanesa

In Milanese cuisine, soups cannot be missing. They are such an important part of Milan's culinary tradition that they have specially dedicated restaurants. Here, they are hot or cold soups for summer days, you can savor the authentic flavor of the Lombard city that combines the flavor of vegetables with that of bacon or lard.

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: beans, cabbage, bacon or lard

9 - Barbajada

La Barbajada it's a typical dessert of the city of Milan. Great at any time of the day, it's a blend of chocolate, coffee and milk that dates back more than two centuries. In the 1800s it was a very popular drink but even now it's no joke. To taste it you will have to go to one of the typical places of the city, maybe they will even reveal their secret to prepare it.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients chocolate, coffee, milk, sugar

10 - Panettone

If you are in Milan you already know what coast I am thinking to complete this meal: the panettone. Typical dessert of Milanese origin it has become the symbol of Christmas throughout Italy. Between those who want it traditional with candied fruit and those who prefer its more alternative and modern versions, it is a must for a gastronomic holiday in Milan.

  • Recommended for: always, especially in winter
  • Average cost: € 15 / Kg
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, candied fruit, raisins

Where to eat in Milan: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

If there is a city that can satisfy everyone's tastes and needs, it is Milan! Risotto and Milanese cutlets are just the two most popular dishes all over Italy now, but in reality the culinary tradition of Milan goes far beyond. As for the locations, it goes without saying that the hub of life in Milan is the Navigli area with their thousands of clubs of various kinds, from pizzerias to ethnic clubs, from typical clubs to pubs, passing through historic cafes and fast food. Here are the best places to eat in Milan.

1 - 10 Hops

  • Description: brewery with gourmet sandwiches and 10 different beers paired with appetizer tasting
  • specialty: Aramis sandwich
  • Average price: from € 12,00 per person
  • Address: Naviglio Grande towpath, 4 - Get directions

2 - Langosteria Bistrot

  • Description: modern and elegant restaurant with a menu based on fish prepared in a gourmet key
  • specialty: bigoli with anchovies
  • Average price: from € 45,00 per person
  • Address: via Privata Bobbio, 2 - Get directions

3 - Concordia Winery

  • Description: vintage style wine bar with a large selection of wines and traditional cuisine
  • specialty: risotto with white truffle
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: ripa di Porta Ticinese, 61 - Get directions

4 - Contraste

  • Description- Starred restaurant with white furnishings, excellent service and gourmet cuisine with fresh pasta
  • specialty: egg with undergrowth and truffle
  • Average price: from € 80,00 per person
  • Address: via Giuseppe Meda, 2 - Get directions

5 - Osteria del Binari

  • Description: colorful elegant restaurant with covered internal veranda and typical Milanese cuisine
  • specialty: gross spoja in meat broth
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: via Tortona, 3 - Get directions

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