bde’s Milan Restaurant Guide 2019

bde’s Milan Restaurant Guide 2019

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This Salone del Mobile & Fuorisalone is shaping up to be THE BIGGEST EVER!   


Euroluce - and now, S.Project - always heightens the excitement plus there have been several mergers that further add to the “what’s going on.” Designers and architects are coming in droves, and there are many people who are coming for the first time and their anticipation is contagious.

Salone del Mobile – where you see people you rarely get to see; things that excite you; things that don’t; the rock stars of design… it never gets old.

Then, there’s… wait for it… wait for it... bde’s Restaurant Guide. Updated and manageable, organized by neighborhood for your convenience. Now with a custom google map! Trust us - you’ll want to use this - click to see why.

Use it. Tell your friends. Tell your colleagues. Tell us what you think!

We’d love to hear from you on anything Salone, and also any comments re: our clients, restaurants, design, etc. If you’re interested in VIP invitations or appointments, please email me.

This list was compiled and updated by us – from native Italians and those in design who do TONS of business in Italy. We’ve tried some; not all. But the recommendations come from great people who are discerning and foodies. If you have a favorite not on the list, let us know. If you try one of these and find them not up to the recommendation, let us know. There’s also an Open Table-like app called The Fork for reservations. In any case - mangia!

Disclaimer: There’s STILL one place I will NOT list ! I’m more of a trattoria person so if any of the “chic” places are not on the list – apologies.

Spaghetti alle vongole, a must-have

Spaghetti alle vongole, a must-have


Giacomo Arengario
Via Guglielmo Marconi 1
+39 02 7209 3814
Great views; good for drinks or lunch – not for dinner.

Alla Collina Pistoiese
Via Amedei 1
+39 02 8645 1085
A Milanese classic! Still one of my favorites.

Obica – Duomo
Via Santa Radegonda 1
+39 02 885 2453
I know, I know…there are franchises other places – but this faces the top of the Duomo. And, it’s really good for lunch and drinks!

Trattoria Milanese
Via Santa Marta 11
+39 02 8645 1991
Recommended by frequent travelers to Milan and one who totally knows food & wine – Rob Forbes.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
+39 02 9418 1710
You’ve walked – or will walk – by this a hundred times.  It’s wonderful for afternoon tea, a coffee or aperitivo. Oh and people watching.

Voce - Aimo e Nadia
Piazza della Scala, 6
+39 02 4070 1935
A new recommendation from a true “influencer”  Paolo Ferrarini.  

Paper Moon Giardino
Via Bagutta, 1
+39 02 7600 9895
Recommended by our good friend, Gabriele Chiave of Marcel Wanders Studio.

Via Santa Radegonda, 16
+39 02 8646 1917
The place for panzerotti, a delicious fried dough snack. Recommended by Stefano Giussani, Lissoni Inc.


N’Ombra de Vin
Via S. Marco 2
+39 02 659 9650
Aperitivo recommendation from our wonderful photographer Federica Carlet.

Via San Marco 38
+39 02 657 1658
Brera area – Miuccia eats here, too!  Reviews are mixed.

Corso Garibaldi 105
+39 02 657 2645
I never knew the name of this place, but it’s the go to place for drinks day or night. When you see it – you’ll know it. In Brera. And it serves BREAKFAST!

The perfect Spritz at Nombra de Vin

The perfect Spritz at Nombra de Vin

Ristorante Solferino
Via Castelfidardo 2
+39 02 2900 5748
Recommended by two foodies. Plus by Principe di Savoia! Welcoming.

Via Solferino 36
+39 02 2900 5333
One of the oldest Indian restaurants in Milano – if you tire of great Italian food (which I DON’T).

La Libera
Via Palermo 21
+39 02 805 3603
It is near the home of one of our favorite designers Ron Gilad and they, like me, adore him! It’s not easy to get a reservation.  We found the food better not during Salone.

Osteria del Corso
Corso Garibaldi 75
+39 02 659 7441
Mediterranean food. I think I was here once, was just OK but recommended by an Italian.

Volemose Bene
Via della Moscova, 25
+39 02 3655 9618
Typical Roman cuisine. Brera area. Thanks, CIVIL.

Via Solferino 48
+39 02 9176 5472
Contemporary bistro recommended by Paolo Ferrarini & Donatella of FLOS too. Again, they should know.

A bde favorite - reservations recommended

A bde favorite - reservations recommended

Via Solferino 33
+39 02 63793414
Sister/Brother to Pisacco – great for pizza and aperitivo.  

La Briciola
Via Solferino 25
+39 02 655 1012
Celebrating 40 years. This area is steaming with great places to eat and drink!

Via Solferino 11
+39 02 8646 3220
I have to say I was treated royally when I lived in Milan for a month. So they are high on my list again. The food is always good. Closed Mondays.

Rovello 18
Via Tivoli, 2
+39 02 7209 3709
Michelin star restaurant started in 1950.  Simple food.

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè
Via Montebello 7
+39 02 29014390
A Fantini favorite.  As a matter of fact, it’s a lot of people’s favorite.

Osteria Brunello
Corso Garibaldi 117
+39 02 659 2973
A recommendation from Jack Schreur at FLOS. Thanks Jack!

Via Brera, 32, 20121
+39 02 876723
A historic cafe in Brera. New recommendation from Lissoni.

Risotto alla Milanese

Risotto alla Milanese


Ristorante Bice  
Via Borgospesso 12
+39 02 7600 2572
Standard but always good food. Formal.

Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone
Via Santo Spirito 10
+39 02 7600 1123
Known for its Risotto Milanese; if you can sit outside – do. A recommendation from Gabriele Chiave.

Nobu @ Armani
Via dei Giardini, 6
+39 02 6231 2645
The name and the location make it! I wonder how it holds up with all the new Japanese restaurants in Milan. Let us know.


Osteria La Conchetta
Via Conchetta 8
+39 02 837 2917
A recommendation from Federica Carlet – and the whole bde team loved it! Get the risotto alla vodka - they make it at your table!

Via Angelo Fumagalli, 1
+39 02 837 2865
Located down an alley by the hotel. Cocktails are the thing here.

Osteria del Binari
Via Tortona 3
+39 02 839 5095
Very beautiful with garden and Federica likes it.

Osteria Conchetta risotto in action

Osteria Conchetta risotto in action

Osteria del Sognatore
Via Morimondo 1
+39 02 8912 6048

Tano Passami L’olio
Via Eugenio Villoresi 18
+39 02 839 4139
A favorite of a journalist friend of mine – who loves this place for its creative and exciting cooking. Great wine list.

Ristorante La Scaletta
Piazzale Stazione Genova, 3
+39 02 4398 6316
Local favorite – Meat is a specialty.

Il Faro di Marco d’Oggiono
Via Marco d’Oggiono 6 (PORTA TICINESE)
+39 02 5810 4107
Good for seafood.

Via Savona 10
+39 02 5811 1649
Oyster Bar & Restaurant – recommended by a local and my dear, Federica. A fav of a very stylish Aussie living in Milano!  Great gin bar too!

Trattoria Aurora
Via Savona 23
+39 02 832 3144
Recommended by Margriet Vollenberg, founder of Ventura Projects.

Six Gallery
Via Scaldasole, 7, 20123
+39 02 4548 9540
It’s an art gallery and more – try the bistrot. Recommended by Gabriele Chiave. 

Mag Cafe
Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43
+39 02 3956 2875
Just for drinks – not food. Rumor has it that if you ask the barman they can tell you about a nearby speakeasy.

If you’re lucky, fiori di zucca - squash blossoms - might be on the menu

If you’re lucky, fiori di zucca - squash blossoms - might be on the menu

Al Pont de Ferr
Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55
+39 02 8940 6277
Alongside the canal. New chef with good reviews. Can be expensive.

Cantina della Vetra
+39 02 8940 3843
Informal, but expensive. Grilled food really good. Good view of basilica.

Felice a Testaccio
Via del Torchio, 4 (CARROBBIO)
+39 02 8050 6690
Founded in Rome in 1936, opened Milan in 2017. CIVIL likes it!

Carlo e Camilla
Via Giuseppe Meda 24
+39 02 837 3963
It’s really, really hard to get a reservation! But come for an aperitivo!

Mieru Mieru
Via Magolfa 14
+39 02 8940 6320
Specializes in Pugliese food. A modest but rich menu with fine wine - another recommendation by Margriet.


Via Paolo Sarpi 8
+39 02 8341 7249
Aperitivo only – closes at 3 p.m.

Antica Trattoria della Pesa
Viale Pasubio 10
+39 02 655 5741
Great reviews by all. One of the oldest in Milano – since 1880! And our friend, Dung Ngo lists as his fav.

Al Vecchio Porco
Via Messina 8
+39 02 313862
In the heart of Chinatown, near Hotel Hermitage, you must try the “stinco” – roast pig! Not for vegetarians.

Always time for a gelato

Always time for a gelato

Ceresio 7
Via Ceresio 7
+39 02 3103 9221
POOL! And Restaurant.

10 Corso Como
Corso Como 10
02 2900 2674
Lunch or drinks best. And, now open in New York.

Ghe Sem
Via Vincenzo Monti, 26
+39 02 4537 4300
Chinese food – Italian style.  Hmmm – let me know.

Via Filippo Turati, 30 (PORTA NUOVA)
+39 02 6208 6177
Pasta to soup to ice cream. One of those places. Reliable.

Fries on pizza…it happens!

Fries on pizza…it happens!


Deus Cafe
Via Thaon di Revel 3
+39 02 8343 9230
Motorcycle accessories & café for aperitivo and typical buffet. Interesting.

FP Mansion
Via Valtellina 4
+39 02 329 545 3001
This is a place to rent and the owner was a winner on Master Chef Italy. Luisa Chiaberta of Missoni Home recommends this highly.

Via Gaetano de Castillia 28
+39 02 8712 8855
Chef Cesare Battisti says it all.

Osteria dei Vecchi Sapori
Via Francesco Carmagnola, 3
+39 02 668 6148
Service and wine list above all else.  Recommended by a native Milanese.

Al 91
Viale Marche, 91
 +39 02 668 4082
If you like REALLY REALLY thin crust pizza, this is for you.

Lile in Cucina
Piazzale Carlo Maciachini, 18
+39 02 4963 2629
It’s like a real local diner/café. Again, let me know.

da Berti
Via Francesco Algarotti, 20
+39 02 669 4627
Felix Burrichter of PIN-UP loves this place with its garden terrace, which makes it feel like you are in the countryside. Near Centrale. If you go midsummer, take the mosquito spray!

Osteria Del Treno
Via San Gregorio 46
+39 02 670 0479
A favorite of Marco Beghin – and just with that name…he ought to know.  Slow food.

Via Felice Casati, 27
+39 02 9439 2259
Another wonderful breakfast or brunch choice.  

The Small
Via Niccolò Paganini, 2
+39 02 2024 0943
Cozy, great for late night, and great ambience. A recommendation from Gabriele.

Arizona 2000
Via Natale Battaglia, 12
+39 02 2614 4265
Not a restaurant - but a post-dinner discoteca you won’t want to miss. A new recommendation from friends at Lissoni.

Baia Chia
Via Antonio Bazzini 37
+39 02 236 1131
Looks completely “old school” and wonderful. Recommended by Dung Ngo of August Journal so it MUST be good.

Bar Basso
Via Plinio 39
+39 02 2940 0580
For late night drinks, and people watching. The after after party.

We’d listen to any of their restaurant recs…

We’d listen to any of their restaurant recs…

Mandarin 2
Via Garofalo, 22a, 20133 Milano MI, Italy
+39 02 266 4147
Really good Chinese - and a favorite of the fashion crowd. A new recommendation from Stefano Giussani at Lissoni.

Osteria della Stazione
Via Popoli Uniti, 26
+39 02 2838 1700
A typical trattoria, with specialties from Friuli region. A recommendation from our friends at Ventura Projects.

Terrazza Gallia
Piazza Duca d'Aosta, 9
+39 02 6785 3514
A terrace with breathtaking view on Milan’s majestic Central Station - thanks Ventura Projects!

Mercato del Pesce
Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini, 70
+39 02 669 3384
This unique restaurant finds its origins in the warehouses of Magazzini Raccordati that were home to Milan’s past fish market. A recommendation from Ventura Projects.

Top off a meal with tiramisu

Top off a meal with tiramisu


Via Luigi Cagnola 6
+39 02 331 04910
Again IF you tire of Italian, this is Japanese recommended by an Italian.

Terrazza Triennale
Viale Alemagna Emilio 6
+39 02 3664 4340
Atop the Triennale with views that are fantastic – to say the least! The food is very good, but the view is unmatched.

Cavoli a Merenda
Corso Magenta 66 (CADORNA)
+39 338 367 9513
This is opened for lunch and it’s also a cooking school and private event space. It’s really wonderful – from the ambiance (sit outside), to the service and food. Thanks to Luisa Cevese for this recommendation. I can’t wait to go back!

Biagio Pizzeria
Via Vincenzo Monti 28
+39 02 498 7166
Says my Milanese friend, “One of the best pizzas you can eat in Milan. A small familiar traditional place near Cadorna Station.”

Via Giosuè Carducci 17 (CADORNA)
+39 02 886040
Urban Lighting’s Tim Jackson’s recommendation.

Starita Pizza
Via Giovanni Gherardini, 1
+39 02 3360 2532
Usually a long line, but if you love pizza, this is the real Napoli one!

Via Piero delle Francesca 74
+39 02 4547 6898
Designer Toan Nguyen recommends this Japanese, 1 Michelin star restaurant. Owner is Chinese; Chef is one of the best Sushi chefs.

Osteria Primonovecento
Via Ruggero di Lauria 17
+39 02 3361 1643
Local recommendation. Gluten – yes. Vegetarian – yes

Simple, satisfying ravioli

Simple, satisfying ravioli


Filippo La Mantia
Piazza Risorgimento 2/A (MONFORTE)
+39 02 7000 5309
Designed by one of my favorites, Piero Lissoni, and the chef doesn’t disappoint. Was formerly the D&G restaurant.

Da Giacomo
Via Pasquale Sottocorno 6
+39 02 7602 2653
Charming, unstuffy, yet clublike. Recommended by several design people I trust. I thought it was OK. Recommended recently by Paolo Ferrarini.

Giacomo Bistrot
Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6
+39 02 7602 2653
English speaking waiters noted.  That could be important.

Pasticceria Sissi
Piazza Risorgimento, 6
+39 02 7601 4664
This opens at 6:30 am!  Porta Venezia area. Great for breakfast and best croissants says CIVIL.

Via Palestro, 16
+39 02 8352 7769
Stop by PAC for an appetizer of contemporary art & architecture beforehand. Recommended by Gabriele.


Trattoria Trippa
Via Giorgio Vasari 1
+39 327 668 7908
Classic. Trattoria. Thanks for the recommendation, Paolo!

Via Bernardino Corio 8
+39 02 5519 0020
Recommended by Paolo but reviews are mixed on Tripadvisor. Some pastas amazing, others not so. If you go, let me know.

Pasta with pesto - a classic

Pasta with pesto - a classic

Bar Luce @ Fondazione Prada
Largo Isarco 2
+39 02 5666 2611
Fondazione Prada is A MUST. And this wonderful eating and drinking place, designed by Wes Anderson, is truly a treat.

Giulio Pane e Ojo
Via Ludovico Muratori 10
+39 02 545 6189
Local recommendations and from our dear Federica Carlet. Cuisine from Rome and reasonable; great atmosphere.

U Barba
Via Pier Candido Decembrio 33
+39 02 4548 7032
“I like this place as it reminds me of tastes and flavors from my land: Genova and Liguria.” Thanks Rudi Van Wedel and Paolo F. – both who LIVE in Milano.

Zio Pesce
Via Andrea Maffei, 12
+39 02 4979 4967

Corso Lodi 12
+39 02 3651 8110
Seafood, what else!  Porta Romana area.

Taverna Calabiana
Via Arcivescovo Calabiana, 3
+39 393 981 7906
Close to Fondazione Prada.

Trattoria del Nuovo Macello
Via C. Lombroso, 20
+39 02 59902122

Outside the city center…who knows what you’ll stumble upon?

Outside the city center…who knows what you’ll stumble upon?


Outside the center (North)

Spirit de Milan
Via Bovisasca 57
+39 366 721 5569
“Laugh, dance, drinks, eat, chat, meet and make new friends.” This is a dance bar! Opens at 7:30 pm, and music starts at 10. Monica Castiglioni recommendation.

Premiata Trattoria Arlati
Via Alberto Nota 47
+39 02 643 3327
Makes you feel like family. Recommended by the delightful Bassam Fellows fellows! It’s a bit quirky.

Piazzale Governo Provvisorio 6
+39 02 268 09153
Simple menu. In Nolo.  Local recommendation.

Outside the center (WEST)

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli 6
+39 02 416886
Modern simple design; highly recommended but a bit overpriced.

Outside the center (SOUTH)

Erba Brusca
Alzaia Naviglio Pavese 286
+39 02 8738 0711
“Because it seems to be in the countryside.” 25/30 minutes outside of Milan. All the food is sourced locally. A favorite, again from those who LIVE in Milano. Outdoor garden.

Al Garghet
Via Selvanesco, 36
+39 02 534698
This is a bit far from the city center and I’ve heard good for a business dinner, and “amazing”.  

Breakfast all’italiana at Princi

Breakfast all’italiana at Princi

And you know Eataly, Peck and Princi – I hope!

WOW…If I missed any, please let me know – always interested in learning more!

Ciao.  – Beth

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