The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Milan

The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Milan

As the second most populous city in Italy, Milan is often dubbed as the fashion capital. It is also well known for its fine cuisine and world-class restaurants. As of 2014, it has 157 Michelin-starred restaurants. Therefore, Milan can really be described as the city of decadence where shopping and eating never ends. We are going to introduce to you some of the Milanese food that you can't miss out when you are in the city.

1. Risotto Alla Milanese

Milanese cuisine features less pasta and more rice. Usually served as the first course, the use of the precious spice saffron gives the rice a rich golden color while it is cooked with other ingredients like white wine and onions. As simple as it seems, this dish is the true embodiment of Milanese cuisine: simplicity and elegance. Try this dish with our host Barbara, who serves up classic Milanese delicacies like this one!


2. Cotoletta Alla Milanese


Every city has their version of meat chops. Milan is no exception. The meat of choice, usually pork, fish or veal, is thinly sliced and dipped in a beaten egg It is then coated with bread crumbs and deep fried. The bread crumbs give it a crispy texture while the meat inside is tender and juicy. Squeeze some lemon or lime juice to top it all off with a refreshing citrus taste. Simple, but certainly not short of anything amazing, this dish is not one to be missed out on. So why not try it with our host Susanna, who offers a homey Italian Meal in the beautiful province of Pavia, just 20 minutes from Milan's City Center!

3. Cazzoeula

This pork and cabbage casserole is a distinctly Northern dish. If you are looking for comfort food or something that will surely warm you up during the cold winters in Europe, this casserole is the dish for you. The unique taste of this dish goes perfectly in winter with a polenta and strong red wine.

4. Ossobuco

Ossobuco consists of veal shanks braised with vegetables and white wine broth. This hearty dish is an excellent selection if you are looking for a flavourful meal. The veal shanks are soft and fall apart easily. Cooked with white wine and broth, the vegetables in the stew soak up all that taste. This can be eaten with Risotto Alla Milanese or polenta and mashed potatoes. Do not miss out on this dish delectable delicacy with our host Susanna, who offers an extensive Italian menu with a welcoming atmosphere that will certainly make you feel right at home

5. Panettone

This pastry is normally served during Christmas. It is extremely fluffy and has raisins, citrons and lemon zests which give it a tangy flavor. If you are hungry on an afternoon in Milan, hop into the nearest cafe and order a panettone with a cup of hot chocolate. It will give you an instant boost and satisfy your sweet cravings.

6. Mondeghili

Ground beef is the main component of this dish, though pork or salami may be added to it. The meat is seasoned and dipped in a mixture of eggs, milk and breadcrumbs before being fried until it turns a lovely golden brown. Traditionally a poor man's dish, leftover meat was used to make this dish back in the day, but it is now the perfect snack on the go while you are touring Milan.

Are you tempted by these Milanese delicacies? Why not join our hosts at BonAppetour for an authentic Milanese dining experience. You can get to taste all the traditional Lombardy dishes prepared by our hosts and some even offers a tour of the city at night. What are you waiting for? Discover your next meal with one of our hosts today!

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Vegetarian Dining in Milan: 6 Spots to Get Your Meatless Fix

Vegetarian Dining in Milan: 6 Spots to Get Your Meatless Fix

Where do the veggie lovers head to dine, when they traverse in the city of Milan?

1.  Arcobaleno Vegetariano

You know a restaurant dishes out delicious and authentic-tasting vegetarian fare when it is frequented by veggie-loving locals. At Arcobaleno Vegetarianoyou will find a range of vegan Italian dishes, all of which are freshly prepared with top-notch ingredients from local suppliers. The availability of gluten-free options means that different dietary needs and preferences are met. The food may not be fanciful, but Arcobaleno Vegetariano wins over a regular crowd with its wholesome, quality fare.


2. La Vecchia Latteria

Veggie-loving travellers in Duomo will not need to search high and low for meatless dining options – just head over to La Vecchia Latteria. Do not belie the eatery's casual setting and compact size, for it churns out a range of freshly prepared and mouthwatering fare. Dining here may be a bit of a squeeze, but the generous portions served means that diners will leave feeling well satisfied. 

3. Misunchi 

A variety of meatless fare makes Misunchi a lunchtime favourite with the veggie-loving crowd in Milan. You will find a  wide range of options present on the daily menu, ranging from savoury delights like the vegan lasagna, stuffed olives and focaccia, to sweet treats, like its renowned sacher vegan cake. Do note that Misunchi is only open for lunch on weekdays, so be sure to plan your visits accordingly! 

4. Universo Vegano

If you need your veggie fix on the go, make a stopover at Universo Vegano

This fast food vegan chain, featuring outlets in Milan and other cities within Italy, churns out a range of appetising quick-eats such as burgers, wraps, sandwiches, salads and focaccia. Only fresh ingredients without a single trace of animal derivatives are used in the preparation of food sold at its outlets, so vegan diners can rest assured that they are feasting on wholesome fare.   

5. Vala Banco e Cucina

You will find plenty of traditional Italian favourites on the daily menu at the family-run Vala Banco e Cucina. A good selection of vegan-friendly options, like the carbonara and cheesecake – keeps things interesting for vegan diners. The availability of gluten-free items makes this a suitable dining spot for diners with varying dietary needs and preferences, and an ever-changing daily menu and affordable prices keeps a regular crowd of locals coming back for more. 

6. Home-dining with the Locals

If tucking into a homecooked spread of healthy vegetarian fare floats your boat, take a shot at home-dining with the locals in Milan. Veggie-lovin' Serena will happily whip up a raw vegan dinner, while Alice will readily customise the menu of her traditional Italian dinner experience to make it vegetarian-friendly.

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