The Michelin Guide 2021 has reconfirmed Lombardy as the region with the highest number of restaurants and gourmet hubs awarded with the prestigious Michelin star. The region, indeed, boasts the impressive number of 59 Michelin-starred restaurants, 17 of which can be found in the beating heart of Milan or in its surroundings. If you are looking for a gourmet location to savour the best of the Italian cuisine - but not only -, Milan is definitely the place to be! Check our guide of the Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Milan in 2021 here!
Please note, the letter N after the stars indicates that the restaurant has been awarded its first Michelin star in 2021, or has gained its second star for the first time.
OUT OF TOWN D'O - 2 stars (N)
Set just a short distance from Milan, in the city of Cornaredo, Davide Oldani‘s restaurant D’O has just won its second Michelin star in 2021 thanks to the creativity of his chef. The menus proposed by D’O are a well-balaced mix of technique, innovation and taste, enhanced by a touch of humour. Traditional dishes from the Milanese cuisine – but not only – are re-interpreted in a modern key and paired by a prestigious selection of precious labels.
WELCOME GREEN STAR!
The restaurant helmed by chef Davide Oldani has also been awarded the brand-new green star, dedicated to those who have distinguished themselves in the promotion of a sustainable cuisine. To echo the words pronounced during the award ceremony:
“He needs no introduction: he is a chef who has anticipated trends by opening doors before others, taking new paths… But dining in his restaurant means meeting Davide Oldani in a new dimension, full of gastronomic memories and exciting explorations. Lots of attention to young people and training on the values of the territory are also worth the Green Star.”
Enrico Bartolini al Mudec– 3 stars
After the nomination of Enrico Bartolini al Mudec as the only restaurant awarded with 3 Michelin stars in 2020, this prestigious aknowledgement has been reconfirmed even in 2021. The understanding of origins, creativity and the open-minded approach to the world and globalization, applied to the world of haute cuisine are the key to the success of the young and talented chef Enrico Bartolini. His own-name restaurant in the scenic location of Mudec-Museo delle Culture in via Tortona, and refers to his cuisine as ‘contemporary classic’.
Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia - 2 stars
The two stars awarded to historic restaurant Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia have also been reconfirmed. Although husband and wife team Aimo and Nadia no longer head the restaurant, their style of cooking lives on in the cuisine of Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani, two immensely talented chefs, who continue the tradition of its owners with a menu based on sublime regional Italian cuisine re-interpreted with an innovative twist.
Seta by Antonio Guida - 2 stars
The hotel industry is also renowned for its starred chefs, including Antonio Guida, who heads Seta, the multi-award winning restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Milan. Pugliese by birth, the chef’s heart now beats for the city of the Madonnina, because it was here, at the world’s most starred hotel group that Guida received his first Michelin star, followed by a second star in 2017.
Vun – 2 stars
Vun, the restaurant at Milan’s Park Hyatt hotel – whose name means ‘one’ in Milanese dialect – carries the signature of starred chef Andrea Aprea. The featured menu offers a sophisticated gastronomic experience that surprises diners on account of its seasonal classics upgraded with an inventive twist.
AALTO – 1 star (N)
The panoramic position of the AALTO part of Iyo restaurant, located at the first floor of Torre Solaria skyscraper, is by itself worth a visit. The restaurant has won its first Michelin star in 2021 under the direction of chef Takeshi Iwai, whose menus titillate diners’ palates with new combinations of flavours aiming to achieve a balance between technique, research and taste, mixing and matching influences from Japan, Italy and Northern Europe.
L'Alchimia – 1 star
At L’ Alchimia highly-selected ingredients are savvily combined by chef Giuseppe Postorino to create dishes inspired by the great Italian classics. Here, in a modern and chic ambience enhanced by a bar-bistrot area for a quick lunch, lovers of fine dining can enjoy traditional Italian and Milanese specialities paired by a precious wine selection.
Berton - 1 star
In the heart of Porta Nuova, Ristorante Berton is the gourmet kingdom of Andrea Berton. The restaurant’s contemporary, minimalist design matches the beautiful simplicity of its dishes. Menus are designed to make the most of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with a strong focus on flavour and texture. A must? The risotto!
Contraste - 1 star
Particularly worthy of mention among Milan’s starred restaurants is the creative cuisine served by Matias Perdomo at Contraste. A surprising location where the flavors of tradition are re-interpreted in unusual shapes and contrasting flavours that will not disappoint. A fun experience that is also a treat for the palate.
Cracco - 1 star
Chef and entrepreneur Carlo Cracco‘s gourmet hub – aptly named Cracco – is spread over different floors and is nestled in the heart of Milan’s “livingroom”, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The space, whose interiors ‘interact’ with the Galleria, host a bar, a bistro for a quick break, a pasticceria, a cellar and a location for private events.
Innocenti Evasioni - 1 star
Located just a short distance outside the centre, an absolute must is Innocenti Evasioni, the home of Tommaso Arrigoni. The locale’s strength lies in its sought-after tables, where you can eat outdoors in a charming, unexpected zen-style garden. This is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life and enjoy a few hours of peace and relaxation.
IT Milano - 1 star
Helmed by two-michelin starred chef Gennaro Esposito, this contemporary restaurant is distinguished by its simple style, built around a main product with few well-balanced additions. Ingredients with opposite flavours find an indeal balance at IT Milano‘s creations, inspired by the Italian cuisine both from the North and the South.
Iyo - 1 star
The first Oriental restaurant awarded with the prestigious star in Italy, Iyo owes its fame to its outstanding kitchen staff, helmed by maestro Haruo Ichikawa, chef Lorenzo Lavezzari and owner Claudio Liu. Their fish division turns out delicious raw fish platters: timeless classics mingle with more innovative delicacies, a blend of oriental flavours and the best Italian ingredients, to give life to a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
Joia - 1 star
Pietro Leemann – the owner and chef of Joia – is considered the guru of vegetarian food or, according to his own definition, of “natural haute cuisine”. At the moment, Pietro Leemann and his restaurant Joia maintain the record of Europe’s only starred vegetarian (or natural food) restaurant. His cuisine is avant-garde, experimental, skillfully prepared and beautifully presented. The wine list is just as classy as the restaurant.
Sadler - 1 star
The star of Sadler, and its namesake chef Claudio Sadler continues to shine on the Navigli. One of the first chefs to focus on the aesthetics of a dish, with a focus on modern, geometric and colourful presentations, Sadler prepares beautiful creations that can be compared with contemporary art, of which he is an enthusiastic fan. It’s a restaurant cum art gallery that hosts the works of contemporary artists on a rotational basis
Tano Passami l’Olio - 1 star
Though it has recently relocated from the Navigli district to the centralk via Petrarca, the restaurant owned by chef Tano Simonato, has also been reconfirmed. The menu distinguishes itself for its carefully curated and light cuisine with a particular emphasis on only the highest quality ingredients and on the use of pure extra virgin oil instead of butter. remaining faithful to the chef’s philosophy, the menu has been enriched with new culinary updates. Its extensive wine list boasts more than 450 labels, including rare and often unknown vintages.
Viva Viviana Varese- 1 star
An elegant, warm and welcoming restaurant located inside the former Cinema Smeraldo, now home to Eataly Milano. Sat at the wood social table overlooking the open plan kitchen or alongside the large-size windows, at VIVA guests can savour the vibrant and original pairings created by chef Viviana Varese, inspired by the most contemporary version of the Italian cuisine.