Once Milan’s most artistic area, the Brera district is one big pedestrian zone. The area is home to fantastic cocktail bars, charming little cafés, gelaterias and, of course, excellent restaurants. The Brera district comes alive during long summer nights in Italy, where visitors are invited to enjoy food and drinks in the many lovely outdoor seating areas.
L’Osteria di Brera
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
L’Osteria di Brera was first opened with the idea of offering an alternative to the classic Milanese menu that can be found all over the city. The head chef and owner, Enrico Forti, decided to open a seafood restaurant that would combine both elements of typical Neapolitan cuisine and modern influences in terms of raw vegetables, sashimi and tartare. With over 25 years of experience in the restaurant business, Enrico Forti has established an incredibly successful restaurant with diverse dishes, like lobster alla Napoletana, with fresh cherry tomatoes and basil or cavatelli pasta with fresh tuna, aubergines and mint.
The Hong Kong Crossover is an excellent Oriental restaurant in the heart of Milan that successfully combines the long standing tradition of Eastern cuisine with modern influences in fusion cooking. Ken, head chef and owner of the Hong Kong Crossover, introduces his guests to a real Eastern crossover cuisine with an exceptionally diverse menu. The restaurant’s Japanese menu centers around maki, sushi and sashimi, whereas the Asian menu concentrates on classic beef and duck dishes, such as fillet of beef in teriyaki sauce, Cantonese grilled duck or duck with lemongrass and pineapple.
Il consolare, situated in the heart of Milan’s Brera district, is one the city’s best fish and seafood restaurants. This restaurant offers everything a seafood lover could want. Excellent grilled calamari, octopus, scampi and a wide choice of locally caught fish are delivered fresh to the restaurant every morning. There is also a fantastic selection of homemade desserts, including the Italian classics – tiramisu and panna cotta with fresh fruit.
Momus Ristorante, located in Via Arco, is a classic Italian restaurant that focuses on a great selection of pizzas, fresh from its traditional wood burning oven, a choice of pastas, lasagna and risotto, as well as Italian desserts. The specialties of the house are the pizza margherita that comes with mozzarella and fresh basil and the crostata ai fruitti di bosco, which is a traditional Italian fruit cake. This is the perfect place to experience authentic Milanese culinary culture at very reasonable prices.
Il Kaimano is a family-run restaurant that serves typically Italian cuisine, which includes everything from a delicious range of pizzas to succulent beef steak. The restaurant offers excellent Italian culinary culture, and uses fresh ingredients. Even though Il Kaimano is located in a rather touristy area of the city, it still attracts locals, which gives guests the opportunity to experience authentic culture. This restaurant serves great traditional pizzas in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Nabucco, located in the charming Via Fiori Chiari, welcomes guests into a charming atmosphere and a beautiful outdoor terrace. The restaurant specializes in classic Italian cuisine with homemade pasta and other traditional Milanese delicacies, while also experimenting with inventive dishes, such as the ricotta filled pumpkin flowers. Nabucco also offers a special candlelit dinner in an especially romantic atmosphere with soft classical or jazz music.