Picture a spacious, well-lit dining room, with pillared galleries, clerestory windows, a grand piano, and red drapery: Osteria del Treno is a sight in itself, and more than fulfills the promise of its name. With a menu among the most highly reviewed in the city, and a wine-list of over seventy labels, it’s the perfect grand venue to round off your holiday in style. An advocate of the Slow Food movement (committed to the use of seasonal, locally grown, all-organic ingredients, free-range livestock, and ethical buying practices), every meal is designed with a eye to the health of the consumer and local economy. Perfect for couples who want a luxurious experience, without the costing the Earth, literally.
Address: Via S. Gregorio, 46, 20124 Milan +39 02 670 0479
With chic furnishings, modern design, and an exclusive outdoor dining option under a vine-trained pergola (book in advance!), Essenza Ristorante is famous for its creative presentation, everything you might expect from the most sensational examples of modern dining. With an eclectic menu composed mostly of seafood and vegetarian options (their red shrimp tortellini from Mazara, garnished with lemon and mint, being a particular favorite), Essenza also offers a creative set menu, with options from 4 – 7 courses inspired by staples of Italian home cooking.
Address: Via Marghera, 34, 20149 Milan +39 02 498 6865
This luxurious establishment, among the old terrace houses of Via Lelio Basso in downtown, has been a decades-long favorite among locals and visitors alike. With its homely interior, low-raftered ceiling, and traditionally inspired menu, it’s intimate and familiar for couples looking for a relaxing dining experience. Well-reviewed for their generous portions, fair prices, live music events, and summertime garden-dining, Ronchettino bewitches all the senses and makes for a memorable evening, without stretching the holiday funds! Look out for such favorites as mondeghili (a local meatball dish), cotoletta, and risotto giallo.
Address: Via Lelio Basso, 9, 20142 Milan +39 02 826 2762
Osteria La Voliera is an example of the more intimate side of romantic dining in Milan. With a high coffered ceiling, cream-colored walls, deep mahogany tables and subdued lighting, dining feels private and intimate despite the large space. Along with a select menu (combining elements of Tuscan and Roman cuisine), impressive wine list and reasonable pricing, Osteria La Voliera has become a favorite destination for young couples.
Address: Via Crema, 17, 20135 Milan +39 02 5830 0937