Milan is located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, where the Po River flows.
Its rich, varied cuisine comes from the blended traditions of Pavia and Lodi. Seek out dishes like frog omelette, risotto with saffron, pumpkin risotto, cabbage soup, Busecca, Casoela, fricassee and the famous breaded cutlets. Desserts include the well-known Panettone, an ancient symbolic dish prepared for Christmas, as well as Colomba, which was invented for Easter. After sampling these, seek out raisin bread, Torta Paradiso with mascarpone and Charlotte alla Milanesa, a cake made with fruits, pippin apples and pears.
Live on Milanese time! Sissi is a small, historic bakery that is renowned for its delicious, warm croissants – plain or with cream and chocolate. Bring your patience because there will be a crowd!
Piazza Risorgimento 6, 20129
If you are searching for excellence Pasticceria Marchesi is one of Milan’s historic cafes that happens to be affiliated with Prada. More than the luxury brand, however, customers come for the celebrated panettone (a traditional cake enjoyed at Christmas that makes a wonderful gift), pastries, coffee and the handsome clientele.
Via Santa-Maria alla Porta 11, 20123
Panzerotti are delicious, typically Puglian treats with explosive flavors: a sort of potato croquette with tomato, mozzarella or chorizo. Delightfully crispy on the outside with soft, warm centers.
Via Santa-Radegonda 16, 20121
Trattoria La Madonnina:
This authentic trattoria is a closely guarded secret in Milan. Its patrons feel
protective of this home away from home, whose kitchen serves up the best of Italy.
Via Gentilino 6, 20136
Caruso at the Grand Hotel:
Just across from the famous Via Montenapoleone. Caruso is the address
for chic lunches in a retro dining room with Murano lamps from the 1920s. The kitchen turns out traditional Italian dishes with contemporary touches.