Headed to Milano for design week and 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 from 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 workspace and Wi-Fi available and waiting for you too.
For lunch, dinner and aperitivo, we checked in with 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 at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland in spring 2018 means that he has been eating his way through Milan for purely professional reasons, studying 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 center, close to Monza, where you’ll often find VIPs. There’s hardly any signage outside and you wouldn’t believe what a cozy, elegant restaurant is hiding inside. The food is typical, traditional Milanese. Try the risotto al salto, a plate that comes 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 plaid tablecloths, soft lights and a homey vibe. There’s also a garden and even a piano. Try the ‘ear of the elephant’, a thinly cut steak, with tomatoes.” Via Selvanesco 36, +39 02 534698 www.algarghet.it
“Elegant vintage decorated rooftop bar that combines the use of brass, marble and wood. Complete with a pool, it 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
“A stylish boutique hotel near Porta Ticinese for travelling gentlemen. With old everyday objects turned into vintage furniture, it has a cozy, homey lounge that is perfect for a drink. 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