Allegra's Milan Insider Tour Guide parte due: F.O.O.D.
Leave your diet at home!
Ciao dear fellow Milanesi and future Milan lovers!
As promised, I will follow up on the series and now that we have found a place to stay, we move on to the biggest joy in life: F.O.O.D.
In my previous article - Milan: A love declaration by Allegra Görtz! Part I: Where to stay in style - I warned you to read the article at hours where you are not hungry, I mean it (I am struggling as well while writing).
As a Milanese you have breakfast with a cappuccino (“cappuccio”) and brioche. FYI signorine also like to drink a “Ginseng grande” as an alternative to the cappuccino. And for the best, go to Giacomo in Via Sottocorno, to Princi (several in the city, the most beautiful is in Piazza Venticinque Aprile) or Sissi in Piazza Risorgimento.
For lunch Maria and Arturo in Via San Marco is a MUST. Here it is important to be there at 12-12.30pm because there are only 6 tables and no reservation possibility. Charming and “mamma mia” delicious, Arturo cooks his home-made dishes with silver pans and pots and Maria, always dressed chic, takes the order. VIP factor: 10 (from Karla Otto in persona to Giuseppe Sala, Milan’s mayor) and cash-only.
Otherwise, I love to go to the Panino Giusto, there are several ones located around the city. It’s a popular destination for business people who need a quick bite, but also tourists who need to fuel up on energy and carbs. Dresscode: yourself, no need to make la bella figura there. Foodie tip: the paninis, such as Tartufo, otherwise the York dish.
If you didn't make it to Princi in the morning, you can also eat a quick bite there (to die for: “focaccia liscia” and as dessert the mini appleliscious tart!). Also there do not worry about the crowd, they’re harmless and won’t bite.
A classic and traditional family spot is the Papermoon in Via Bagutta. Important info: a few doors away there is the Papermoon Giardino. But for the time being I advise to stick to the original. Should I have convinced you of coming back, then do try Papermoon Giardino. In the original Papermoon there are also many important people from the international scene (ex. My Theresa founders Susanne and Christoph Botschen) in need for the legendary “Pappardelle Papermoon” and other mouthwatering dishes, but privacy and secrecy are key in places like this.
Before I forget, lunch-only and with fantastic vegetarian food (even Hannibal wouldn't mind it) available head over to La Vecchia Latteria in Via dell'Unione. Do not wear anything fancy cause you sit very close to many different people and since the food is so yummy you might risk a pomodoro or pesto stain on your favourite blouse.
We continue with "merenda" (name for the children's afternoon snack) and there we get "pasticcini" at Prada’s Marchesi, but go to the original pastry shop in the beautiful Corso Magenta, otherwise there are two more in the city centre. Indulge yourself in the sciura experience (tip, carefully study IG account @sciuraglam beforehand) and go to Marchesi in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele unter the arches and observe the crowd at your feet while getting high on sugar.
Since I am a personal Giacomo lover, there are also heavenly pasticcini in the Pasticceria (Via Sottocorno). Another classic is Pasticceria Cova (très chic in Via Montenapoleone), Pasticceria Cucchi and Ernst Knam.
Ernst Knam is a German pastry chef who decided to settle down in Bella Italia, who can blame him, right? - and he is truly a genius when it comes to dessert. Personal favourite: Africana and Tre cioccolati. FYG do it eventually when passing by in a cab, the area is not wowza and you have to take the cakes with you as there is not a real option to eat it onsite.
As side note to Pasticceria Cucchi, it’s one of the eldest and most traditional in town but not as fancy shmancy as Pasticceria Cova. I love the pop colours and when I go there I always get in a good mood.
Because we walked so diligently *wink wink* and burned a tremendous number of calories you can't miss a delicious dinner, giusto? You can make a reservation at Giacomo Arengario (I know, but you'll understand this affection of mine for Giacomo, pinky promise) and this restaurant is located above the Museo del Novecento in the Piazza del Duomo. If you make a reservation, you must insist on a spot on the terrace because the view of the “Madonnina” is priceless. Otherwise, the Giacomo Bistrot is also “delizioso”.
Not far away is the IT place and Mexican restaurant Canteen, one of the many restaurants by Luca Guelfi.
One of my favourite restaurants from childhood is La Briciola, where Gianni welcomes the VIPs with wide arms (you will see the wall full of pictures and selfies with the most notorious stars, starting from football legends playing at Inter or Milan).
Bice in Via Borgospesso is also a Mecca for fashion professionals during Milan Fashion Week. I swear they eat (in Italian: buona forchetta)!
For an Asian experience in Italy I recommend the following: Ghe Sem (dim sum with Italian filling - sì!) in Via Vincenzo Monti, Nobu Armani in Via Manzoni (no need for introduction), Gong in Corso Concordia, Cittamani in Piazza Carlo Mirabello and Temakinho. For Ghe Sem and Temakinho I wouldn’t opt for an elegant outfit but definitely do so when eating at the other restaurants.
The most important question in the Italian cuisine repertoire: where can I get the best pizza? In my opinion, in the neapolitan restaurant La Piccola Ischia in Viale Umbria, but do not expect stylish Italian furnishings.
Normally il “pranzo della Domenica” (Sunday's lunch) is sacred in Italy and you spend it with your family. Very cliché with the grandma who prepares food for an entire army of starving me but otherwise I recommend Erba Brusca or Antica Trattoria del Gallo and for the adventurous detour to Como and, with good weather, Il Glicine.
To soothe your mind and tummy with other thoughts the next part of my Milan series is all about SHOPPING.
Stay tuned and a presto! 👋🏻