Headed to Milano for the design week, looking for a nice place to eat at?
If it's breakfast time, why don't you just head our way for morning coffee? We're opening our garden every morning at 9.30-11.30 this week, and will stock up on brioche and coffee. We'd love to have you, so do pop by – oh, and we have desk corners and WIFI, too.
For lunch, dinner and aperitivo, it's over to Carlo Casagrande, our senior product designer. Italian as he is, he knows good food to begin with, but his current project, the luxury hotel and New Nordic restaurant set to open in Blue Lagoon, Iceland in late autumn 2017 means that he has been eating his way through Milano for purely professional reasons as well in order to study the local restaurant and hotel scene for inspiration and benchmarks.
Here, he shares a few of his favorite places in town. We hope they'll come in handy. Buon appetito!
“A hidden spot outside the city centre, close to Monza where you’ll often find VIPs, too. There’s hardly any signage outside, you wouldn’t believe what a cosy, elegant restaurant is hiding inside. The food is typical old Milanese, try the risotto al salto, a poor plate from the tradition of cooking leftover rice.” Via Alberto Nota 47, +39 02 6433327 www.trattoriaarlati.it
“Another very nice typical Milanese restaurant with a country style decor complete with squared table cloths, soft lights and a homey vibe. There’s also a garden and even a piano. Try the ‘ear of the elephant’, a thinly beaten steak, with tomatoes.” Via Selvanesco 36, +39 02 534698 www.algarghet.it
“Elegant vintage decorated rooftop bar, that combines use of brass, marble and wood. Complete with a pool is a bit of a place to go see and be seen, but it’s also just really, really nice for a Milanese aperitivo and dinner.” Via Ceresio 7, +39 02 31039221 www.ceresio7.com
“Old catholic church turned gothic beer bar on Via Lomazzo. It’s tiny, so don’t go with a group as space is tight.” Via Paolo Lomazzo 12, +39 339 7969095 www.lachiesetta.it
“Dry has fantastic cocktails and the pizzas are ranked among the best in town. Great for aperitivo.” Via Solferino 33, +39 02 63793414 www.drymilano.it
The Yard Hotel
“For travelling gentlemen, a stylish boutique hotel near Porta Ticinese, with old everyday objects turned into vintage furnitures has a cosy, homey lounge that is perfect for a drink in a out-of-time atmosphere. You might also consider staying overnight.” P.zza XXIV Maggio 8, +39 02 89415901 www.theyardmilano.com
Ps. There's no hiding it, we're really into food – you'll find our food blog in which we share our recipes and food memories here.
Images courtesy of the restaurants