The Duomo in Milan is both the largest and most extravagant cathedral in Italy, as well as a popular tourist destination. Its proximity to a number of other museums and monuments makes it the focal point for sight-seeing in the city and to a stunning variety of restaurants. Here are some of the most acclaimed.
Located in the Seven Stars Galleria Hotel under its world famous glass dome, this chic, mod restaurant is a popular destination for Milan’s large tourist population. Well reviewed for their selection of Milanese cuisine, such as thin-crust pizzas, pasta and seafood dishes, and its generous dessert menu. Galleria is, for all the opulence of its location, reasonably priced and may sooner be termed ‘casual’ than ‘formal.’ Each meal is complemented with an on-the-house sampling of desserts, and the staff always provide excellent service.
Address: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 75, 20121 Milano, Italy
Fresco & Cimmino
A small, modern restaurant and pizzeria, specializing chiefly in Neapolitan cuisine, Fresco & Cimmino is an ideal compromise between fast and fine dining. With their reputation for prompt service and consistent quality, it is the perfect mid-day lunch venue, posing no risks to a tightly-packed itinerary. A little on the pricey side, but location, service, quality and overall experience more than makes up for it.
Address: Via Ugo Foscolo, 4, 20121 Milano, Italy
Located on one of the upper floors along the Piazza del Duomo, Terrazza Aperol is highly regarded for its dazzling perspective of the piazza and cathedral. It also features among the most eccentric and lavish modern interiors in the city. At odds with the antique grandeur of its views, it can feel like looking out onto another, more ancient world. Frequented as much for its bar and terrace as for its restaurant, Terrazza is the perfect venue for an afternoon drink in the sun, atop the most heart-stopping scenery in Milan.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italy
This cozy bistro, along the beautiful Via Santa Radegonda in downtown, is famed for their excellent selection of panzerotti, pizza, and pasta dishes. Located immediately behind the Piazza del Duomo, and so a convenient hotspot for tourists and shoppers, Luini is more international than Italian. An ideal place for an afternoon snack or quick lunch between sight-seeing. Luini is very reasonably priced for it’s location and, if the frequent queues out the door are anything to go by, very much in demand.
Address: Via Santa Radegonda, 16, Milano, Italy
Ristorante Savini SRL
A favorite among Milan’s tourists and located in the world-famous Seven Stars Galleria, Savini features a classically decorated interior and semi-enclosed patio space in the open air. The menu contains all the most well-known staples of Italian cuisine. Though ostensibly a very old establishment, Savini has made tangible efforts to conform to the changing restaurant scene in Milan, and its beautifully presented dishes, generous service, and perfect location have made it among the most highly reviewed fine dining venues in the neighborhood of the Piazza.
Address: Via Ugo Foscolo, 5, Milano, Italy
Located on the ground floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, this opulent establishment serves from either a set or a la carte menu, the former including options for nearly a dozen courses. With a Michelin Star under its belt, and highly-reviewed internationally for their impeccable service, presentation, and quality, VUN is a must-visit. Within a three minute walk of some of Milan’s most famous attractions, it provides the perfect option for a late dinner after a day of sight-seeing.
Address: Via Silvio Pellico 3 (Park Hyatt Milan), 20121 Milan, Italy
This stunning roof-top restaurant boasts the best view of the Duomo in the piazza. With an expansive out-door terrace, fenced by a low barrier of hedge, the massive cathedral looms so close that all its intricacies can be seen clearly in the changing rays of the Italian sun. Well-known for their fine service and exquisite presentation, Maio serves from a range of a la carte menu options and a generous selection of wines and liquors. Being in the very heart of the city, and so close to all the most popular destinations, Maio is one of the best places for an outdoor lunch on the terrace to break up the day’s activities.
Address: Via Santa Redegonda 1, 20121 Milan, Italy
Beset by all the marvels of Milanese architecture, Gucci Café is another excellent rest-stop for the wearied tourist and shopper. With a commodious outdoor patio commanding views of the beautiful Vittorio Emanuele (an impressive four-story arcade packed with designer stores and cafes), Gucci Café serves a wide range of sandwiches, desserts, wine and champagnes, all gorgeously presented and promptly delivered.
Address: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
This gorgeous establishment is situated under a glass canopy that commands a 360 degree perspective of downtown, and an outdoor terrace in the shadow of the Duomo. It is also home to some of the best fine-dining in the city. With an emphasis on pasta, pizza, and tapas, Obica Duomo is best visited during the day, when the effect of its views may be seen in the most favorable light. Its ambiance touches equally on both the romantic and familiar, and provides the perfect experience for families, couples, or solo tourists.
Address: Via Santa Radegonda, 3, 20121 Milano, Italy
This gastronomer’s paradise along the Via Guglielmo Marconi, this venue is in equal parts bar, restaurant, lounge, and terrace. It showcases a luxurious, opulent interior with intricately painted wood-paneled walls and, on the other side, a massive glass porch with up-close vistas of the Duomo and Piazza. Giacomo is most highly reviewed for their seafood (their pasta with king crab being a long standing favorite) and the quality of their bar. Located on the top floor of The Museo del Novecento (housing among the largest collections of 20th century art in Italy), Giacomo is perhaps best visited for an early dinner after a tour of the museum, when the sunset over the Piazza assumes a brilliance like golden fire.
Address: Via Guglielmo Marconi, 1, 20123 Milano, Italy