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The Best Local Restaurants in Milan

Discover the restaurants with a taste of the local Milanese cuisine and tradition, from a traditional trattoria with local meat dishes and saffron risotto to contemporary restaurants cooking with local produce.

Updated on Jan 23, 2024 | World of Mouth team

Milanese cuisine is deeply rooted in its regional history, yet it has evolved to embrace modern culinary trends, offering an exciting dining experience. This guide to the best local restaurants in Milan will introduce you to the city's unique dishes and the stories behind them. We will highlight places beloved by locals, such as the family-run and intimate La Latteria, the old school and classic Trattoria Milanese and the contemporary yet flavorful Ratanà.

As with all World of Mouth guides, the restaurants selected are based on recommendations from World of Mouth experts like Chiara Buzzi, Margherita Bentivogli and Cesare Battisti. So if you're ready to dine like a local, keep reading and discover Milan's best local restaurants.

Luka's bar-Trattoria

Via Enrico Cialdini, 29

Via Enrico Cialdini, 29, 20161 Milano MI, Italy

"Luka's Bar-Trattoria" specializes in wild porcini dishes, offering a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere in Milan's Affori neighborhood. Their menu features house-made pasta and fresh porcini risotto, with occasional specials like bruschetta con casserecio salsiccia fresca Toscana, a delectable pork tartare. This trattoria is a go-to spot for Italian cuisine enthusiasts who appreciate a warm, inviting ambiance and a dedication to authentic flavors.

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A neighbourhood trattoria in Milan’s Affori neighbourhood specialising in wild porcini dishes. In addition to house-made pasta and fresh porcini risotto, you might luck out and find the bruschetta con casserecio salsiccia fresca Toscana aka raw Tuscan “sausage” (more like a pork tartare, really) on the menu.

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Luka's bar-Trattoria

Luka's bar-Trattoria

Via Enrico Cialdini, 29

Via Enrico Cialdini, 29, 20161 Milano MI, Italy

Ratanà

Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28

Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28, 20124 Milano MI, Italy

Ratanà is a restaurant that offers contemporary Milanese and Lombard cuisine deeply rooted in tradition. The ambiance of Ratanà is relaxed and modern, providing an ideal setting for the culinary creations of Cesare Battisti, renowned for his flavorful and traditional dishes. With a philosophy that emphasizes quality and tradition, Ratanà is a destination for those seeking a genuine taste of Milanese and Lombard cuisine.

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Solid, flavorful, contemporary food yet very rooted in tradition. A relaxed ambience in the most contemporary area of Milan is the perfect location for Cesare Battisti to express his beautiful cuisine. Very solid, flavorful, contemporary yet very rooted in tradition.

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Ratanà

Ratanà

Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28

Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28, 20124 Milano MI, Italy

Røst

Via Melzo, 3

Via Melzo, 3, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Røst is a restaurant that offers simple, seasonal, and delicious dishes, with a focus on sustainability and a variety of vegetarian options. The establishment has a cozy ambiance and is known for its natural wine selection. They also offer take away and delivery services, making it a convenient choice for those who prefer to enjoy their meals at home.

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Simplicity at its bestSimple, seasonal and delicious dishes with many vegetarian options. A ultra cosy płace focused on sustainability and natural wine.

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Røst

Røst

Via Melzo, 3

Via Melzo, 3, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Exit Pastificio Urbano

Via Orti, Via Curtatone, 24

Via Orti, Via Curtatone, 24, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

Exit Pastificio Urbano is a specialized restaurant solely dedicated to pasta, offering a variety of traditional and innovative recipes. The establishment is noted for its meticulous approach to pasta, with every dish reflecting the culinary techniques and flavors of different Italian regions. To complement the pasta dishes, the restaurant also features a cocktail bar that offers a selection of low ABV recipes, fermented drinks, and a range of Italian and international spirits.

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A single product restaurant, completely dedicated to pasta opened by Mathias Perdomo and Simon Press late 2020. The third spot opened by creative chef Mathias Perdomo and his strong partner Simon Press, at the end of 2020 completely dedicated to pasta and its declinations throughout Italy.Pasta is approached as an ingredient not only as a course within a menu. The techniques, the handwork of making every single cappelletto or raviolo, the different seasoning according to the market, and the study of every single Italian region is incredible. Young Arianna Consiglio, a Sicilian soul and still not even in her 30s is doing a great job combining rich taste, elegance in the final results and a good variety of hyper local and innovative recipes. Arianna has a true passion for Exit Pastificio, devoted to the process of educating people in eating pasta in a different and not standardized way. Unmissable plin with sugo arrosto, fusilloni and tarte tatin.The combination of three or five dishes offers a wide spectrum of the menu and for this tasting approach, the bar suggests a possible cocktail pairing with low abv recipes, fermented drinks and Italian and international spirits.

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Exit Pastificio Urbano

Exit Pastificio Urbano

Via Orti, Via Curtatone, 24

Via Orti, Via Curtatone, 24, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

Trattoria Milanese

Via Santa Marta, 11

Via Santa Marta, 11, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

Trattoria Milanese is a traditional restaurant, known for its classic dishes served by experienced staff. The menu includes favorites such as vitello tonnato, veal battuta, saffron perfumed risotto with osso buco, and tiramisu for dessert. It's a popular spot among local customers, offering an authentic dining experience with the option to enjoy pitchers of house wine.

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Old school trattoria with all the classics on the menu, served by senior, slightly grumpy staff. Finding an old school trattoria in central Milan is not easy. The best ones have either closed or become a bit too polished or hip. Trattoria Milanese is not too touristy, with all the classics on the menu, senior, slightly grumpy staff and 90 % local (male) customers. The long menu features vitello tonnato, a smooth minced veal battuta, a nice saffron perfumed risotto with osso buco. Ask for the daily veggies - the raw sliced carciofi are delicious. Tiramisu for dessert. Drink pitchers of cheap house wine.

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Trattoria Milanese

Trattoria Milanese

Via Santa Marta, 11

Via Santa Marta, 11, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

Cafezal Torrefazione Specialty Coffee

Via Solferino, 27

Via Solferino, 27, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Cafezal Torrefazione Specialty Coffee is a coffee café and roastery specializing in hand-roasted coffee. This establishment, initiated by a Brazilian coffee enthusiast, offers a variety of specialty coffees complemented by sweet treats and high-quality croissants sourced from a trusted local bakery. Cafezal also provides coffee subscriptions, allowing customers to enjoy their preferred coffee blend delivered to their homes.

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Hand roasted coffee close to Eataly in Via Solferino. Sweet bites and very good croissants.A Brazilian guy opened this café with selected hand roasted coffee close to Eataly in Via Solferino. They have specialty coffees and some sweet bites. They also serve very good croissants they buy from another friend of his.

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Cafezal Torrefazione Specialty Coffee

Cafezal Torrefazione Specialty Coffee

Via Solferino, 27

Via Solferino, 27, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Stadera Milano - Gastronomia Contemporanea

Largo della Crocetta, 1

Largo della Crocetta, 1, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

Stadera Milano - Gastronomia Contemporanea offers traditional Italian dishes, with a special focus on Campanian cuisine, under the guidance of Chef Aldo Ritrovato. The menu is split between gastronomy and kitchen offerings, featuring classics like meatballs, parmigiana, veal tuna, and the highly recommended Spaghettone alla Nerano. The restaurant provides a pleasant and fun atmosphere with background music of Italian songs from the 60s, creating a nostalgic dining experience.

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Traditional Italian dishes with particular attention to Campania.Stadera offers a menu that is divided between the offer 'from gastronomy' (where you can also take away) and 'from the kitchen', traditional Italian dishes (such as meatballs, parmigiana, veal tuna) with particular attention to the Campania region where the chef Aldo Ritrovato comes from (buffalo mozzarella is really good, delicious both the friggitelli and the spaghettoni alla Nerano).A genuine, tasty cuisine that brings the memory back to our childhood (the parmigiana is like the one that my grandmother used to prepare) but that also aims to add a bit of inspiration and novelty (as in the tartare alla puttanesca or in the reinterpretation of the classic babà with cream and red fruits).Very nice and pleasant environment and fun background music, strictly Italian songs from the 60s to nowadays, which leads you to imagine living a moment suspended in time for a while.1. Spaghettone alla Nerano2. Interior3. Vitello Tonnato4. Gastronomy corner5. Friggitelli6. Parmesan 7. Tartare alla puttanesca (tomato, capers, olives, oregano and chilli)8. Baba with cream and red fruits

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Stadera Milano - Gastronomia Contemporanea

Stadera Milano - Gastronomia Contemporanea

Largo della Crocetta, 1

Largo della Crocetta, 1, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

Orsonero Coffee

Via Giuseppe Broggi, 15

Via Giuseppe Broggi, 15, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Orsonero Coffee is a cozy café known for its high-quality specialty coffee, freshly baked croissants, and pastries. The café, founded by a Canadian named Brent Jopson, is popular for its espresso, pour-over, and aeropress coffee varieties. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, Orsonero Coffee offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for coffee lovers to enjoy their favorite brews.

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My favorite place for coffee.The coffee in this tiny coffee bar is fantastic. Brent Jopson is the Canadian guy who opened this café near the Milano Centrale serving espresso, pour over and aeropress. It's my favorite place for coffee.

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Orsonero Coffee

Orsonero Coffee

Via Giuseppe Broggi, 15

Via Giuseppe Broggi, 15, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Gelato Giusto

Via S. Gregorio, 17

Via S. Gregorio, 17, 20124 Milano MI, Italy

Gelato Giusto is a gelateria known for its fresh, natural ingredients and daily production. They are especially recognized for their pistachio gelato, which is made with high-quality pistachios to bring out the authentic flavor. The establishment ensures the use of fresh seasonal fruits and avoids the use of artificial flavors, colorants, and preservatives, providing customers with a genuine and light gelato experience.

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Just great pistachio gelato made with good ingredients.A little gelateria with a few flavors of ice cream, but everything is freshly made with good ingredients. My favorite flavor here is pistachio. I love pistachio and when you find a good pistachio gelato it just tastes of - pistachio.

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Gelato Giusto

Gelato Giusto

Via S. Gregorio, 17

Via S. Gregorio, 17, 20124 Milano MI, Italy

Osteria Alla Concorrenza

Via Melzo, 12

Via Melzo, 12, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Osteria Alla Concorrenza is a bustling wine bar known for its aperitivo and meat-based meals. This old-style Italian Osteria offers homemade dishes to share with friends and an impressive selection of natural wines in an informal and welcoming environment. From mouth-watering cold cuts to Recco focaccia with mortadella and bean soup, paired with expertly recommended wines, it promises an authentic Italian dining experience.

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Old style italian Osteria with homemade dishes to share and natural wines in Milan.A ‘Osteria’ like those of the past, Osteria alla Concorrenza in Milano, where you can drink (natural) wines happily with friends and taste various dishes to share in a nice, informal and welcoming atmosphere.The plates to order on the blackboard are united by the mouth watering just reading them, such as the platter of cold cuts, Recco focaccia with mortadella, pickled vegetables (good!) radicchio and Morbier, bean soup and hen in saor.For wine, it is better to ask for advice to the host who will surely find the bottle that best meets the tastes of the diners: in my case an interesting Nebbiolo that cleaned up the palate between one bite and another.Beautiful floor ‘old Milan style’ and the pictures on the walls, I would have taken a thousand other photos.

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Osteria Alla Concorrenza

Osteria Alla Concorrenza

Via Melzo, 12

Via Melzo, 12, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Viva

Piazza Venticinque Aprile, 10

Piazza Venticinque Aprile, 10, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Viva is a prominent seafood restaurant located near the center of Milan, offering a modern approach to enjoying fresh fish. The establishment is led by Viviana Varese, who has successfully brought a high-quality seafood dining experience to the area. It operates from 12.30 to 14.15 and 19.30 to 22.15, with Sundays off, ensuring guests have ample opportunity to sample their contemporary seafood dishes.

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The best fine dining seafood experience in the center of Milan.Viviana Varese has brought the best fine dining seafood experience to the city of Milan. Located very close to the centre, Viva is a certainty for those who like to eat fresh fish in a contemporary way.

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Viva

Viva

Piazza Venticinque Aprile, 10

Piazza Venticinque Aprile, 10, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Trattoria del Nuovo Macello

Via Cesare Lombroso, 20

Via Cesare Lombroso, 20, 20137 Milano MI, Italy

Trattoria del Nuovo Macello is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving Milanese cuisine for over 60 years. The menu features a modern twist on traditional dishes, with a selection that includes antipasti, prime meats and fish, and a variety of cheeses and desserts. The restaurant, located in the eastern Calvairate district, also offers a weekday lunch option for just 20 Euros.

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Contemporary Milanese cuisine in family owned trattoria.Trattoria del Nuovo Macello serves good Milanese cuisine revisited in a contemporary way. Opened 60 years ago by the same family owning it now, the trattoria is located in the eastern Calvairate district.

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Trattoria del Nuovo Macello

Trattoria del Nuovo Macello

Via Cesare Lombroso, 20

Via Cesare Lombroso, 20, 20137 Milano MI, Italy

Spore

Via Passo Buole, 4

Via Passo Buole, 4, 20135 Milano MI, Italy

Spore is a newly opened restaurant that offers a perfect blend of Nordic techniques, Asian flavors, and Italian products. Their innovative approach focuses on fermentation, preservation, and transformation of ingredients, ensuring no waste and sustainability. The restaurant boasts a young, experienced team and is known for its friendly and super kind service.

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New opening! A nice journey between Nordic techniques, Asian flavors and Italian products in a 5-step tasting menu. A young yet experienced brigade that practices innovative techniques aiming to ferment, preserve and transform the ingredients in a no-waste and sustainable perspective. Friendly and super kind service.

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Spore

Spore

Via Passo Buole, 4

Via Passo Buole, 4, 20135 Milano MI, Italy

Cacio & Pepe Restaurant

V.le Gian Galeazzo, 3

V.le Gian Galeazzo, 3, 20136 Milano MI, Italy

Cacio & Pepe Restaurant in Milan is known for its authentic Roman cuisine, offering a delightful array of pasta dishes including its namesake dish, carbonara. The restaurant is also recommended for its desserts, offering a sweet end to a satisfying meal. With an atmosphere that reflects the typical Roman culture, Cacio & Pepe also features a carefully selected wine cellar, ensuring an enjoyable dining experience with friends or a romantic partner.

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Some of the best Roman food in Milan, perfect for a midweek supper.When I lived in Milan this used to be my go-to when I fancied a really delicious plate of pasta. As the name suggests, it's a Roman restaurant and the namesake dish, carbonara, etc. are all spot on. Skip the secondi and go straight for dessert, which was always very good I remember.

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Cacio & Pepe Restaurant

Cacio & Pepe Restaurant

V.le Gian Galeazzo, 3

V.le Gian Galeazzo, 3, 20136 Milano MI, Italy

Panificio Davide Longoni

Via Gerolamo Tiraboschi, 19

Via Gerolamo Tiraboschi, 19, 20135 Milano MI, Italy

Panificio Davide Longoni is a bakery known for its innovative approach to naturally leavened bread. The bakery, owned by Davide Longoni, offers a variety of breads made from heirloom wheat, reflecting his focus on quality ingredients and a sustainable entrepreneurial vision. The bakery also offers online shopping, with secure payment and delivery options, making it easy for customers to enjoy their breads at home.

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The new wave of Milanese naturally leavened breadIf you want to stay in Milan and have never tried the new wave of Milanese naturally leavened bread, the place to start is one of Davide Longoni's shops (he has a few and the offer varies, from market-style to bakery-with-vegetarian restaurant). The reason is simple: he was the first to kick the Milanese out of their bad-bread-induced stupor, doing serious work on heirloom wheat with a legit entrepreneurial vision. If however, you have time to rent a car and head 45' outside of Milan, towards Bergamo, you can't miss Tilde Forno Artigiano where Peruvian artist Marisol Malatesta and Italian baker Simone Conti (both dear friends of mine) have built a beautiful space reflecting their impeccable taste and flavor-driven, conscientious philosophy (they use some of Italy's best heirloom wheat flours combined with freshly milled einkorn and rye). If I didn't make my own bread, I'd buy it here. 1. photo: Alessandra Magister2.-4. photos: Francesca d'Amico

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Panificio Davide Longoni

Panificio Davide Longoni

Via Gerolamo Tiraboschi, 19

Via Gerolamo Tiraboschi, 19, 20135 Milano MI, Italy

Marlà Pasticceria

Corso Lodi, 15

Corso Lodi, 15, 20135 Milano MI, Italy

Marlà Pasticceria is a well-regarded café and pastry shop, known for its fantastic ice cream and pastries, with flavors that change frequently. The shop is driven by a passion for creating sweets, with every cake embodying a pursuit of quality and attention to detail. Their range of products includes everything from cakes to single servings, mini pastries, regional sweets, biscuits, packaged goods, and a selection of savory items.

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A great pastry shop and gelateria – this one's perfect.Marlà is a café and pastry shop similar to Pavé. I can tell when I see a place that is well made and this one's perfect. The owner is our customer and they sometimes bring us ice cream and it’s fantastic every time. Great pastry and they change the ice cream flavors often.

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Marlà Pasticceria

Marlà Pasticceria

Corso Lodi, 15

Corso Lodi, 15, 20135 Milano MI, Italy

Felix Lo Basso Home&Restaurant

angolo Menotti, Via Carlo Goldoni, 36

angolo Menotti, Via Carlo Goldoni, 36, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Felix Lo Basso Home&Restaurant is a dining experience that blurs the lines between the chef and the diner, offering an evolving tasting menu that changes daily based on the chef's inspiration. The restaurant is designed to feel like a home, with guests entering through the living room and reaching the large kitchen where the culinary spectacle takes place. As stated on their website, the restaurant offers a gourmet experience, the result of a synergy between Michelin Star Chef Felice Lo Basso and a business and retail marketing professional, ensuring high quality service and unique experiences.

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Feeling like at home but with an amazing chef.Crazy and theatrical, you won’t miss a single step of the preps, chef and the team is dancing around the kitchen just in front of you cooking, serving and explaining their food.

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Felix Lo Basso Home&Restaurant

Felix Lo Basso Home&Restaurant

angolo Menotti, Via Carlo Goldoni, 36

angolo Menotti, Via Carlo Goldoni, 36, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Dal Bolognese Milano

Via Amedei, 8

Via Amedei, 8, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

Dal Bolognese Milano is a traditional Italian restaurant that offers a classic family-friendly ambiance. With a menu that focuses on traditional Emilian cuisine, they are particularly known for their homemade fresh pasta dishes and selected meats. Located just a few steps away from the famous Duomo di Milano, the restaurant provides a refined and comfortable environment for visitors to enjoy their meals.

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Truly Italian place. Dont let my bad pictures discourage you not coming here. This is a simple restaurant with a truly italian family vibe. I have a soft heart for classical italian places. They are known for their traditional Italian cuisine, particularly their pasta dishes. Make a reservation

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Dal Bolognese Milano

Dal Bolognese Milano

Via Amedei, 8

Via Amedei, 8, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

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