Galleria Restaurant & Pizza
This restaurant and pizzeria is found in the historic center under the arches of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The place is just a stone’s throw away from the Duomo. It is a prestigious gem with elegance and style. Their specialty is Italian food including typical dishes and oven-baked pizza served during lunch or dinner. It’s even a great stop to just drop in for a coffee midway through city sightseeing. The strategic position gives this restaurant class and yet a genuine Milanese feel to the atmosphere.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 75 – 20121 Milan, Italy, +390286464912
La Locanda del Gatto Rosso
This must-try restaurant, run by the family Loiacono, is known among the locals and has a distinctly rustic feel. It is in a small side street very close to the Duomo and bustling with life. The homemade pasta, bread and cakes come with a very well-equipped wine list. It is affordable upscale dining with a local twist. Their entrees include raw fish, shrimp or squid sautéed with onions. All their products are genuine Italian products, known as DOC products for wine. The pride of the menu is the dessert section, giving the meal a fantastic ending.
Via Ugo Foscolo, 3, 20121 Milan, Italy, +390272022411
Obica Mozzarella Bar – Duomo
This branch of the international Italian chain of mozzarella-specializing restaurants is situated in central Milan beside another three Italian venues. The mozzarella is what they call mozzarella di bufala campana, meaning mozzarella cheese of the highest quality. Their products are handmade and made on site. Their pizza dough is slow-rise dough giving it that extra crunch in comparison to the soft and milky mozzarella cheese. Their wine collection is all local. It ranges from wines from the top of the boot-shaped country down to drinks from the heel and toe of it.
Via Santa Radegonda, 3, 20121 Milano, Italy, +3902885245
The setting of this sleek restaurant is warm and charming yet modern and efficient with an American and French bistro. The food is 100 percent Italian though. Modern dishes are created based on the old traditional ways. Innovation plays a large part behind the see-through glass of Maio’s kitchen. The chef is known for his ways and unusual yet tasteful food and taste combinations. As for wines, the cellar is packed to the top with international wines. There is also a select collection of local Italian wines from vineyards all over Italy.
La Rinascente 7° Piano, Piazza Duomo, Milano, Italy, +39028852455
Enoteca Duomo 21
This bar and restaurant has more than 7000 bottles of wine in stock and ready to choose from. They are all organized by region or variety (all Italian of course). To match this unimaginable wine selection in the Enoteca, you can also find a menu based upon seasonal produce along with traditional cooking techniques. The atmosphere is alive and bright. This is a great combination with the lighting and decor of the place.
Ristorante Valentino Legend
The aim of this restaurant is to make their guests welcome and feel at home while still enjoying a panoramic view of the Duomo. The flavors and aromas of their dishes are exquisite and refined. They are all made with fresh and local produce. The chef has years of experience and always delivers a piece of culinary art. The tastes so special they satisfy even the most demanding of palates. The chef Salvatore Margiotta takes pride in his work, working with flavors from his hometown of Milan. This is the Valentino Legend.
Via Agnello, 8, 20121 Milan, Italy, +390289096673
Corallo Lobster Bar
The Corallo introduces the American tradition of lobsters into Italian seafood cuisine. Their food philosophy is built on the idea of using the finest ingredients with a simple presentation. The venue is inspired by the works of Gio Ponti, a well-known architect. This restaurant is the place to experience new flavors. As the name of the restaurant suggests, lobster is the main ingredient. It is offered either whole or in different ways like pasta, panini and burgers, each of which has several variations. They also serve lobster as a fish fry, raw carpaccio and steamed. They steam the lobsters in a special pressure oven in order to preserve all of their quality and flavor.
This centrally located restaurant overlooks the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and is super close to the Duomo. Every morning, patrons can enjoy a buffet breakfast until 11am with a variety of freshly made juices and smoothies. As for lunch, a selection of both Italian and international cuisine is offered. Besides these, Mio is renowned for its aperitivo time every evening along. There are also authentic after-dinner cocktails available from the bar. And of course, you cannot have your drinks without a snack. The All Day Menu has a wide choice of sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, salads and starters, hot dishes, main courses and desserts.
Via Tommaso Grossi 1, 20121, Milan, Italy, +390288211234
Pavarotti Milano Restaurant Museum
This restaurant is in memory of tenor singer Pavarotti. He was a lover of genuine Italian gastronomy, specifically the Emilian cuisine. So, this restaurant specializes in this regional cuisine, producing authentic and quality food. Their menu comprises appetizers, first courses, second courses, contorni and salads. What is special about this restaurant is that it is made up of six different rooms. Each room shares a part of Pavarotti’s life. The restaurant is within a museum (hence the name Restaurant Museum).
Roses by Eataly
Roses by Eataly is a culinary experience all over Italy under one roof, specially supporting local producers. The mainly Italian wine list also has a few French bottles. Offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, casual drinks and dinner, Roses is ideal for any time of day. They also serve aperitifs with all the works. During the EXPO Milano 2015, they featured a variety of dishes from numerous parts of Italy. It was a tasting journey from north to south.