El Barbapedana, Milan

Pasta Rustica, El Barbapedana Milan

If you’re ever in the Porta Genova area in Milan – after an Armani show and before a showroom visit, say – there’s an excellent place for lunch just up the street. El Barbapedana may not be jam packed with fancy fashion types Instagramming their handbags, but it’s the real deal for classic Milanese fare.  (more…)

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Trattoria La Griglia

Grilled Branzino, Trattoria La Griglia

Milan might not be the place that springs to mind when you think of great seafood, but there are some surprisingly good fish restaurants in this city. One of them, and one of the best values, is Trattoria La Griglia on Viale Premuda.


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Le Specialita, Milan

Plates, Le Specialita

If you’re in Milan for Milan fashion week, one of the highlights of the trip is always the food. Le Specialità, where the specialty is pizza, was recommended to me by two separate Milanese who live in the Venezia area. (more…)

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Osteria del Corso, Milan

Milan gets a bad rap as an “industrial” city, but it can be beautiful in the springtime, especially when the huge Salone del Mobile fair takes place. And when you’re visiting here, it’s always a good idea to get dining recommendations from a local, as we did from street style photographer Giia of Tonics, who sent us to a little southern Italian spot in the Brera.  (more…)

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SAME Restaurant, Milan

One good thing about being a stranger in a strange land: discoveries can be made by happy accident. On my first night in Milan, I’d planned to go to Dongiò or Pasta Madre near Porta Romana, but both were full at 9pm. Instead I wandered, somewhat lost, and ended up on nearby Via Crema, a relatively quiet street lined with cafes with outdoor seating. One that seemed particularly popular with the locals was SAME, a pizza place with a huge wood burning oven visible through the open doors.  (more…)

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Dongio, Milan

During Paris fashion week, there’s always at least one person who wants to tag along with me to the City of Light, but when I float the idea of Milan fashion week, most friends and family hem and haw and suddenly remember something important they have to do.

Which is too bad, because Milan has a lot to offer food-wise, and it’s a lot cheaper than Paris. In the charming neighborhood south of Porta Romana, Dongiò is a lovely trattoria with a very specific Calabrian bent. Many of the dishes get slow-building heat from a spicy type of Calabrian sausage, n’duja, which is rarely seen stateside (but is apparently making an appearance at Blanca). (more…)

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Ristorante da Giacomo, Milan

Though Italian food is often associated with the word “rustic,” in Milan it’s anything but. This sophisticated city, host of the annual Salone Internationale del Mobile, brings the same cosmopolitan style to its cuisine.

Interior, Ristorante da Giacomo

Located between Porta Vittoria and Porta Venezia and near several fashion shows during Milan fashion week, the quietly elegant Ristorante da Giacomo is very civilized spot. Light from the large windows, with linen drapes embroidered in the same traditional manner as this spring’s Valentino line, spills onto the tiled floor and turn-of-the-last-century moldings painted pistachio green. It’s old Milan but very well maintained – much like some of the clientele here.  (more…)

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Maruzzella, Milan

Inside the Pizza Oven, Maruzzella

As Italian cities go, Milan gets a bad rap. Industrial, cold, foggy, boring – these are just a few of the adjectives that spring up when Milan gets compared to bustling Rome, romantic Florence or the gorgeously sunny Amalfi Coast. But keep in mind: this is Italy, people. Whatever Milan is lacking, it still has one key thing: delicious Italian food.  (more…)

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