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Best Restaurants in Milan

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Milan has an incredible of Italian food, which should come as no surprise. What is surprising, is that Milan also has an incredible selection of other cuisines, as it is a city where there are many local residents. Like most cities, this brings a variety of cuisines that you’ll get to take advantage of as you’re visiting Milan. Our list of best restaurants in Milan is short, as we only had about 36 hours in the city but every bite to eat we had was absolutely incredible. Here are our recommendations for best restaurants in Milan.

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Tips for Dining at the Best Restaurants  in Milan

  • Milan has an incredible food scene, and there are many casual places where you can get a great Italian meal for an affordable price and no reservation needed.
  • Tourist spots that have great views of the Duomo will have higher prices and are more likely to need reservations.
  • There is an incredible selection of pizza in Milan.

The Best Restaurants in Milan


best restaurants in Milan, Napzi

Napzi was an incredible casual pizza dinner recommended by a friend who has an apartment in Milan. The menu is filled with classic Italian dishes like melon and prosciutto for an appetizer and lots of fresh, local pizzas on the main menu. No reservations were needed, though you may have to wait a 10-15 minutes for a table to open up. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, though there are many people smoking at the outdoor tables so you may want to eat indoors.

What to order: melon and prosciutto, pizza

Pasticceria Cova

best restaurants in Milan, Coya

Pasticceria Cova is a great place to stop and get a snack and coffee while you’re out and about shopping. Cova is one of Italy’s oldest pasticcerias. We had a coffee and chose from a few mini pastries from a great selection.

Rinascente Milano Food Hall and Terrace

best restaurants in Milan, Rinascente Milano

Rinascente Milano is a department store located very close to the Duomo. On the top floor they have a food hall (layout and selection reminds me of Eatly in Chicago) and they also have a terrace you can go onto for happy hour. The terrace for happy hour has a great view of the Duomo. We ended up getting gelato on a stick from Il gelato di Milano.

Rovello 18

best restaurants in Milan, Rovello 18

Rovello 18 is a Michelin star restaurant in Milan, which we found off of a best restaurants in Milan list online and it did not disappoint. We did make reservations ahead of time, and it did seem like they were too full for walk-ins the night we were there. One thing we did learn is that their “pepperoni” appetizers is actually roasted peppers, but it still tasted great.

What to order: cacio e pepe, steak

ZOG Cocktail Bar & Bistrot

best restaurants in Milan, ZOG cocktail bar

When we were exploring Navigli, we wanted to sit down for a drink and enjoy relaxing along the canal. There are many great bars along the canal, but we were more interested in coffee and other non-alcoholic options. We found ZOG cocktail bar, with a great selection of coffees and non-alcoholic options. We had great drinks, great food and great service.

Gelateria Paganelli Milan

best gelato in Milan

A trip to Milan wouldn’t be complete without some gelato and we made sure to get some gelato both days. Gelateria Paganelli was recommended to us by a friend who lives in Milan and it was great. This gelato place was walking distance from Napzi, the restaurant where we got pizza.

Gelateria Laboratorio

best gelato in Milan

We stopped again for more gelato at Gelateria Laboratorio and it was also great. We got different flavors of gelato at each location, and liked both places similarly.

Best Restaurants in Milan Conclusion

In conclusion, the best restaurants in Athens have a menu full of authentic, fresh, Italian food. Many restaurants are very affordable, though those that offer great views of the Duomo and other tourist hot spots will charge more. While we didn’t get to them, there are a lot of incredible pizza places in Milan. Two more that were on our list were Da Zero and Zia Esterino, neither of which take reservations.

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