Jun 11, 2018 | By Nick Paget
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In our third installment of Fashion Week for Foodies, we move on from London to Milan Fashion Week and introduce you to the languid, sensual world of Italian dining. From fine wine to artisanal pastry, cured meat to hand-made pasta, these restaurants, bakeries and bars will send your senses into heady, enthralling overdrive.
Corso Como, 10 / +39 02 654831
Carla Sozzani’s small retail, dining and accommodations empire features a Kris Ruhs-designed black-and-white dining room, with charming views over a plant-filled, Parisian-style courtyard. The organic food is simple and delicious, but the real point is to come for the 6:00 p.m. aperitivi and ultra fashionable people watching.
Via Manzoni, 31 / +39 02 88838888
Neighborhood: Montenapoleone/Corso Venezia
Overlooking the magnificent skyline and terraces of the city, the Armani / Lounge features a bamboo bar, double volume ceiling, louvered window wall and backlit onyx features. It’s the perfect spot for a pre-dinner aperitivo, a light lunch or elegant afternoon tea, and the service is impeccable.
Via Ponte Vetero, 21 / +39 02 86463708
Convivum’s cool and casual atmosphere and mouthwatering menu is sourced from only the freshest of seasonal ingredients, which make their way into a delicious variety of pizzas and classic Italian fare.
Via Pascale Sottocorno, 6 / +39 02 76023313
Neighborhood: Montenapoleone/Corso Venezia
A favorite of Dolce & Gabbana, as well as Mr. Giorgio Armani himself, Da Giacomo offers the perfect mix of traditional and trendy, featuring a classical yet stylish décor. Its outstanding fish preparations are well deserving of its high culinary reputation and a must for those looking for a healthy yet tasty meal.
Excelsior Milano, Galleria del Corso, 4 / +39 02 76307301
The basement level of the fashionable Excelsior department store is a gastronomic celebration, featuring a gourmet supermarket that offers an extensive selection of products including fine wines, fresh meat and fish, hand-made pasta and daily baked breads, as well as beautifully packaged goods. There are three separate dining solutions offered: “now” for sophisticated take-away, ‘”fast” for a seasonal menu at the in-store bistro, and “slow,” which allows customers to experience the gourmet creations of a regularly rotating list of renowned guest chefs.
Via Sottocorno, 5-6 / +39 02 76022653
Not to be confused with its older sibling, Da Giacomo, Giacomo Bistrot is a more low-key affair, popular for lunch, or an aperitivo while partaking in some of the best people watching the city has to offer.
Via Santo Spirito, 10 / +39 02 76001123
This is the latest opening of the longstanding Milanese institution, Il Salumaio, which has been around since 1957. The gorgeous al fresco courtyard dining is a fun place to watch the world go by, while the attached fine grocery shop allows diners to bring a bit of the magic home.
Via Mercato, 28 / +39 02 86450568
Obikà specializes in beautiful balls of delicate, handmade mozzarella made the old-fashioned way and sourced from local farmers. In addition to amazing cheese, Obikà features complementary fare such as crostini, Sicilian tomato vegetable casserole and organic tomato basil soup.
Via Bagutta, 1 / +39 02 76022297
Famous for great people watching, quality ingredients, friendly service and great ambiance, Papermoon is a one-of-a-kind mix of international shoppers, fashion executives and upscale locals. Although labeled as a pizzeria, the restaurant is considered a mix of pizzeria, enoteca and trattoria. Two standout dishes are the Pappardelle alla Papermoon and the famous tiramisu. Founder Magrini has built on his restaurant’s success, opening Papermoons in Istanbul, New York and Tokyo, but the original Milan address, critics agree, remains the one worth visiting.
Via Amerigo Vespucci, 5 / +39 02 89690870
Petit evokes the casual elegance of France with black and white checkered floors, white wooden chairs and delectable cured meats hanging from the ceiling. Charm abounds, and so do traditional Italian favorites mixed with surprises like teriyaki salmon, Caesar salad and Japanese Kobe beef.
Piazza XXV Aprile, 5 / +39 02 2906 0832
If there’s anywhere in Milan that even comes close to satisfying the needs of locals, tourists and Milan’s jet-set, it’s Princi. Open seven days a week, Princi is an elegantly minimalist bakery and café based around organic, whole-meal bread baked throughout the day in beech-wood fueled ovens. Pizza and other Italian delights are also available, and while you’re noshing, be sure to note the staff’s uniforms: they were designed by Giorgio Armani himself.
Via San Pietro all’Orto, 3 / +39 02 76023155
Santa Lucia is located a stone’s throw from the Duomo and it is a bustling favorite of the fashion set for its completely unpretentious food and interior. This spot serves excellent quality Italian fare with efficient service. Don’t miss the antipasti.
Via San Raffaele, 3 / +39 02 89095294
Part of the ultra contemporary hotel of the same name, the Straf is a glamorous people-watching scene set in close proximity to the Galleria, smack dab in the middle of Milan. Their spectacular aperitivi draws in a cool crowd that mixes both an international clientele and locals alike, who come to watch the crowd and have post-work cocktails in an ultra-chic atmosphere (designed by architect Vincenzo de Cotis).
Piazza della Scala, 5 / +39 02 80688201
The creation of Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton, Trussardi Alla Scala serves deliciously balanced Milanese cuisine, and features an enviable wine cellar for the perfect pairing. Just downstairs from the main restaurant and on the same level as the boutique, is Trussardi Alla Scalla Café, a refined spot serving up delicious lunch made from only the highest quality ingredients.
Via Decembrio, 33 / +39 02 45487032
Neighborhood: Porta Romana
Named in honor of the ‘30s Italian comedian Gilberto Gov who was known for playing uncles in the theater (‘u barba’ translates to ‘uncle’ in the local Ligurian tongue), this minimalist yet quaint restaurant specializes in dishes from the coast such as gnocchi, white pizza and the ravioli-esque pansotti. Sit outside under ornamental olive trees and enjoy U Barba’s signature snack: fried anchovies stuffed with both spinach and ricotta.
–Cassi Bryn Michalik
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