FOOD AND WINE
In a country rich with culinary choices, Milan has tastes unique and plentiful. Visitors to this northern city will find opportunities to experience culinary and cultural experiences that will last a lifetime. Here are some unique to Milan:
Luxury and History
For those looking for historical and gastronomical delight find yourself at the 5-star Grand Hotel et de Milan. Giuseppe Verdi made this his home away from home and its reputation for excellence continues to draw high end clientele. You’ll find recreations of Verdi’s sets and paintings from Teatro alla Scala while enjoying Italian cuisine at the intimate Don Carlos. But you’ll want to find Il Caruso. In its ‘winter garden’ setting, Il Caruso offers traditional Milanese dishes transformed into current trend-setters. (tip: for a gluten-free pasta alternative they offered a simple Cacio e pepe that was delicious)
Identità Golose Milano seeks to inspire by offering a new dining concept in the heart of Milan. The First International Hub of Gastronomy offers a revolving line up of Micheline-starred chefs. Dine on lunch prepared by resident chef Alessandro Rinaldi under the supervision of Andrea Ribaldone. Or explore the culinary flair of the world-renowned guest chefs who change on a weekly basis to create a whole new four-course dinner paired with wine. (tip: Biographies and calendar listings for all their chefs are found on the website, plan and reserve a spot ahead of time.)
Fashion and Fine Dining
For a quick drink and aperitif or savory dinner, try Savini Milano in the famous Galleria Vittorio, the world’s oldest shopping mall. Steps from the Duomo and set between some of the most famous luxury brand stores, Savini offers an elegant ambiance. With a seasonally changing menu you could choose one of their incredible desserts but don’t miss their gelato stand situated outside the restaurant (tip: try the pistachio).
A Cultural Experience
If you’re just looking for a quick snack and espresso, pop into one of the many cafes and sidle up to the coffee bar. You’ll look like a local if you order an espresso and a pastry and stand at the bar and enjoy. If you’re in Milan around Christmastime make sure to enjoy a panettone, which this area is known for, otherwise you can’t go wrong with a cornetti.
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Jennie Olson Six
Content Writer Cultural Italy