Let passionate Italian food lovers teach you how to cook

When you are abroad you want to get close to the locals … So why not do a cooking course with the Italians?

When you’ve been traveling a lot you begin to look for experiences that get you closer to the local population, because who wants to sit at the hotel and have dinner when you could be out meeting people and getting some fun anecdotes to tell.

It may take some courage, but isn’t it the courageous decisions you never regret? So if you feel like a slightly different evening in the company of Italians, try a cooking course in Italian. Nothing beats “I learned how to make this sauce from a chef in Milan” when your friends come over.

You can choose the very personal experience with a course in English at a private home, Clara opens the doors to her home in the center of Milan for morning courses between September and June and on market days she takes you to the local open air food market to pick the fresh seasonal products for your cooking class.

 

Aurora holds both morning and evening classes with a professional chef and she lves by the yellow metro line 4 stops from Duomo. If you can’t make it to her courses (or for some reason don’t feel like participating) you can still come and have dinner with the paticipants.

Both Clara and Aurora put emphasis on the fact that their courses aren’t just about cooking but also about socializing.

 

Another possibilty is the cooking school Teatro7 (Find on map) where they teach in _mg_8431Italian but you can be certain that they will try anything with a combination of gestures and English to make you understand. And if Italians have bad English skills their gesturing is formidable.

You are guaranteed to have an entertaining evening and you will learn to make some great food. At Teatro7 you get the course including dinner from €75 to €150. Check out our Right now in Milan (in the menu) for courses.

Important instructions for booking a course online as the course calendar only exists in Italian: first click on the red Guarda il Menu button next to your course, on the next page click on “prenota il corso” at the top of the page (book) and then the rat of the instructions are in English, if you don’t receive a confirmation via email within 24 hours, send an email to iscrizioni@teatro7.com – you won’t be able to attend if you don’t have the email. The course calendar is here.

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The trendiest places to have a genuine Italian aperitivo in Milan

In most countries we go directly to the restaurant and have a drink while we study the menu. In Milan you start with an aperitivo.

The aperitivo is an appetizer: a glass of wine or a cocktail with snacks, that you have before going out for dinner – at around 6-8 p.m..

Over the last couple of years the Milanese aperitivo, or as they call it happy hour, has evolved from being a quick cocktail into becoming an event that sometimes stretches over the entire night and the snacks have become a buffet, that doesn’t wake your appetite but stills your hunger.’

Via Tortona/Via Savona area:

Via Tortona /Via Savona (find on map) is an area with many cool brunch/lunch places and small boutiques and in the evening it’s a great place to have an aperitivo.

Gogol & Company 101, Via Savona (find on map) is a charming bookstore/art gallery/café/bar with a great aperitivo in unusual surroundings.Opening hours Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Outside the beaten track but relatively close to MUDEC and Corso Vercelli:

Tagiura ristorante, 5,Via Tagiura (find on map) – not extremely central but an absolute must for aperitivo and lunch.

Isola area:

Another good area to have an aperitivo together with the Milanese in is the very cosy Isola area (find on map). The best street is Via P. Borsieri (find on map) where the legendary jazz place Blue Note is too.

Here you also find super cool and beautiful Café Gorille, 20, Via Gaetano de Castillia (find on map) which is rich on atmosphere.

Navigli area:

The Navigli area is also rich on aperitivo places such as Manhattan Navigli at 13, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map).

Mag café at 43, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map).

 

 

 

Porta Romana Area:

Swami Cafë (find on map) – near Porta Romana, 12, Viale Montenero.

Lacerba Cocktail bar, 4, Via Orti (find on map) in the Porta Romana area. This place is fast becoming one of the favourites with the choosy Milanese.

Brera area:

God save the food, 1, Piazza del Carmine (find on map) high quality buffet and cocktails right in the center of Milan in Brera.

Terrazza di Maison Moschino, Hotel Moschino,(find on map) it is a little pricier than most places (10-15€). It’s on 12, Viale Monte Grappa , super chic and very fashion.

Radetzky €€
105, Corso Garibaldi (find on map)
8-1.30 am Monday to Thursday, 8-2 am Friday and Saturday and 10-1.30 am Sunday, not the cheapest place in Milan but great location and service.

On your way back from a shopping tour Tramè is a great place to have an aperitivo, in the middle of Brera and very lively (find on map) you may already know the place from a lunch! You won’t get any snacks here, just an excellent drink but you can try some of their delicious sandwiches with it, but you have to buy those on the side..

Porta Vittoria area:

That’s Vapore 5, Corso di Porta Vittoria (find on map).

Corso Buenos Aires area.

MINT Garden café, 12, Via Felice Casati  (find on map) a very cool place to have your aperitivo near Corso Buenos Aires.

Pandenus,15, Via Alessandro Tadino (find on mapt) has great cocktails, a fantastic buffet and a super cozy atmosphere.

Nottingham Forest, 1, Viale Piave (find on map) it has made it to the prestigious list of 50 Great Bars of the World published by the English Class Magazine. Very international crowd and their cocktails are pure molecular science.

Bar Basso, 39, Via Plinio (find on map)  One of Milan’s historical cocktailbars, Inventors of the drink Negroni Sbagliato. Close to shopping area Corso Buenos Aires.

Mimmo

In the same area you’ll find Settimo Senso, 19, Viale Abruzzi  (find on map) – Good and cheap, super service!

And then there is Mimmo very close to Porta Venezia at 34, Via Sirtori (find on map)

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The appsolutely best restaurants in Milan to have gourmet experiences at all price levels

If you want a gourmet experience, then try out these amazing places at reasonable prices. We have also selected the best vegan restaurants in Milan – look for VEGAN in the list.

We would love to hear from you so if you feel like sharing your opinion about the restaurants on our list or know a place you’d like to recommend then use our form here.

If you do choose to dine at a restaurant with Michelin stars (1-2) you should expect to spend around €130 per person.

Italian restaurants generally have very high standards and one thing Italians are really into, is quality food. So it’s a good idea to follow the locals around lunch and dinner time.

Food is one of the most important aspects of life in this country; Italians discuss what they’ll have for dinner while they’re having lunch, So if a restaurant has a lot of Italian guests you are sure to eat well.

Besides the names you can find in the Michelin guide we recommend the following places. The price levels are varied – € 20-30, €€ 30-50, €€€ >50 – but note that it isn’t necessary to spend a fortune to eat well.

Langosteria Café 4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) right in the center of the city

Brera.

Garibaldi area

  • Alice Piazza XXV Aprile (in Eataly) (find on map) 1 star Michelin restaurant. €€€
  • Il Liberty, 6, Viale Monte Grappa (find on map) €€/€€€
  • Pizzeria di Porta Garibaldi, 6, Corso Como (find on map) €
  • VEGAN Soulgreen, Piazza Principessa Clotilde corner of Via Vespucci (find on map) €€

Montenapoleone area.

Porta Romana area.

  • Trattoria Masuelli San Marco 80, Viale Umbria (find on map) this place is a real gem with northern Italian cuisine at its very best and an incredible atmosphere. €€
  • Lacerba 4, Via Orti (find on map) Seafood. €€
  • Isa e Vane, 1, Via Perugino (find on map) Deli and wine bar (Saturday and Sunday brunch), they have a wonderful courtyard. €€
  • La Cantinetta, 19, Via Ripamonti (find on map) Meat, typical Tuscan food. €€

Duomo/Missori/Cordusio.

  • Giacomo Bistrot, 5, Via Pasquale Sottocorno (find on map) €€
  • Trattoria Milanese 11, Via Santa Marta (find on map) €€
  • Alla Collina Pistoiese 1, Via Amadei  (find on map) €€/€€€
  • Hostaria Borromei 4, Via Borromei  (find on map) €€
  • A Santa Lucia 3, Via San Pietro All’Orto (find on mapt) €€
  • Acqua Pazza 3, Via San Michele al Carso (find on map) €€€
  • San Tomaso 5, Via San Tomaso (find on map) €
  • I 12 Gatti 11/12, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (corner 1, Piazza della Scala)  (find on map), located on top of the Galleria with an amazing view it’s a must-see. €/€€
  • Antica Foccacceria San Francesco 15, Via San Paolo (find on map) genuine Sicilian Food in the heart of Milan. €/€€
  • Langosteria Café, 4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) excellent seafood and service €€€
  • Piz, 34, Via Torino (find on map) Milan’s best Neapolitan Pizza, the menu only features 3 kinds of pizzas but they are absolutely worth the wait. Be prepared for a line but it moves quickly €
  • Cracco, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (find on map) 1-star Michelin restaurant. €€€

Parco Sempione area.

  • Terrazza Triennale 6, Viale Emilio Alemagna (find on map) possibly the most amazing view in Milan and incredible food. €€/€€€

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Isola area.

  • Ratanà 28, Via de Castilla (find on map) €€
  • Testina 19, Via Abbadesse (find on map).Typical Milanese cuisine on a high level €/€

Chinatown area (Via Paolo Sarpi)

  • Ottimofiore, 26, Via Bramante (find on map) real Sicilian food €/€€
  • VEGAN Osteria al 55, 55, Via Messina (find on map) €€

Via Savona/Tortona area.

  • Langosteria 10, Via Savona (find on map) €€€
  • Langosteria Bistrot,2, Via Privata Bobbio (find on map) €€€

DeAngeli area.

  • Antica Pizzeria Leone, 9, Via Carlo Ravizza (find on map)  good Nepolitan pizza. €
  • Pizza Lievità, 11, Via Carlo Ravizza (find on map) good Neapolitan pizza. €

Navigli area.

  • Certe Notti 16, Via Giovanni Enrico Pestalozzi  (find on map) the specialty of the house is “Gnocco Fritto” (appetizer) €/€€
  • Al Pont De Ferr  55, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map) €€€
  • Antica Osteria Del Mare 105, Via Cardinal Ascanio Sforza (find on map) Seafood  €€
  • Temakinho, 37, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map) at the moment one of the hottest restaurants in Milan especially for lunch. €/€€
  • Al Coniglio Bianco, 12, Alzaia Naviglio Grande (find on map) Typical local food from Lombardy. €/€€
  • VEGAN Universo Vegano, 49, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map). €

Sant’Ambrogio area.

  • Carbonaia Mare Via San Vittore (corner of Via Carducci). (find on map) Seafood €€€
  • Bar Magenta, 13, Via Carducci (very close to Leonardo da Vincis vineyard and “The last Supper”) (find on map) €
  • Antica Foccacceria San Francesco 15, Via San Paolo (find on map) genuine Sicilian food in the heart of Milan €/€€
  • Caffè della Pusterla, 22, Via Edmondo de Amicis (find on map) A typical Milanese place, where you can get anything from breakfast to dinner. Fantastic atmosphere. €/€€

Porta Venezia area

  • Mandarin 2, 22A, Via Garofalo (find on map) An unusual combination of Sicilian and Chinese cuisine  €€
  • Rosy e Gabriele 26, Via Giuseppe Sirtori (find on map) €€
  • Mimmo, 34, Via Sirtori ( find on map) €€/€€€
  • VEGAN Joia, 18, Via Panfilo Castaldi (find on map) 1 star Michelin Restaurant,. €€€
  • VEGAN Mantra Raw,21, Via Panfilo Castaldi (find på kort) €/€€
  • VEGAN Alhambra, 17, Via San Gregorio (find on map).€
  • Albufera, 15, Via Lecco (find on map) Tapas and paellas €/€€

Piazza Cinque Giornate area

  • L’sola dei sapori, 10, Via Anfosso (find on map) Excellent Seafood. €€
  • La Taverna, 3, Via Francesco Anzani (find on map) Real Neapolitan Pizza, wonderful €/€€
  • Pizza Lievità, 17, Via Sottocorno (find on map) Good Neapolitan pizza. €

Our most important tip concerning good restaurants: Always book a table!

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