Those who think that pizza is not a Milanese speciality might be proven wrong, as Milanese pizza is a must try experience at least once in a lifetime. While looking for the best pizza in town it will soon be clear that not every pizza sign - there are hundreds in the city - necessarily mean a good choice.
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Let’s start with Spontini, a true Milanese symbol established in 1953 and a ‘no choice’ kind of pizza, the passion of Milanese all ages and social conditions served in a no frills atmosphere in more than 9 restaurants in the city (see map below). Indeed, at Spontini customers can only choose their pizza slice in two sizes – regular or large – and only featuring plain tomato and mozzarella topping plus a tiny anchovy to add the unmistakable Spontini-style flavour (normally pizza menus offer 30 to 50 different topping options). Here, this well-established formula enables all appetites to leave with a full belly and a smile on the face with less than 10 euros per person, drinks and coffee included.
2. Pizzeria Meucci
Forget about over-baked pizzas, as at Pizzeria Meucci every creation comes from an electric oven baking small, round and crunchy-crusted pizzas. Tuscan, Milanese or Neapolitan? None of these names appeal to this one-of-a-kind pizza which comes with many topping options and can be savoured in a small though comfortable restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere. The right location loved by true locals in the know.
3. I Dodici Gatti Pizza & Grill
Elegant and welcoming atmosphere with a panoramic view over the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and delicious pizza baked in a wood-fired oven: welcome to I Dodici Gatti Pizza & Grill. This trendy location, whose name – literally Twelve Cats – is inspired by a true story happening over the rooftops of the Galleria, features one of the richest selections of gourmet pizzas with seasonal and traditional Italian ingredients such as buffalo mozzarella, lardo from Colonnata and Parma ham. Try also one of the mouth-watering focaccias with tasty toppings for a true Milan-style gastronomic experience.
Have you ever heard of pizza sharing? If the answer is no, well you should definitely try the newly opened Berberè bistro. Here, every gourmet pizza – round and pillowy crusted – is cut into 8 slices, each one seasoned individually to allow diners to mix and match their pizza selection and try a little bit of everything. The pizza menu features both traditional pairings and creative combinations, with a specific focus on vegetarian specialities.
If looking for a tasty Kosher pizza in Milan, Carmel is the right destination to satisfy every taste whim. Located in an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant serves a vast array of thin, crunchy pizzas following the rules of kashrut, which can be paired or, why not, preceded by delicacies from the Middle East, such as hummus, falafel, tabbouleh and followed by sweet baklava. Good news for those who wish to savour a freshly baked kosher pizza at home: Carmel also features an efficient takeaway service.
6. Be Bop
Food allergies are not a good reason not to try the true Italian pizza, even for those suffering from celiac disease. Indeed, the menu at Be Bop features a rich selection of gluten-free pizza creations including specialities without the use of mozzarella cheese. Crispy pizzas rich in flavour and typical Italian ingredients are the true protagonist of the restaurant, which also boasts a selection of creations made with Kamut or whole wheat flour for light, yet delicious pizzas.
7. Mani in Pasta
As the name aptly suggests – literally ‘hands in the dough’ – at Mani in Pasta the pizza base is 100% natural, featuring the use of organic flours, sourdough and is baked after a 72-hour-rise to allow a puffy, easy to digest pizza. Vegetarians in search of delicious recipes might have found the right venue, as the menu features countless no-meat and cold cuts pizza creations and a vast selection of locally sourced toppings. The most demanding palates always in search of new flavours must definitely try their favourite pizza with black vegetal carbon dough, for a light, yet tasty lunch or dinner.
8. Il Papiro
Last but not least, Il Papiro, the ideal destination to satisfy the appetite of even vegan customers. Served in a relaxing and warm atmosphere pizzas are made with the use of no animal-based products, milk, cheese and eggs but substituted by their vegetal correspondent. So, mozzarella cheese turns into mozzarisella (a special rice-based product), as well as tuna and cold cuts, to allow guests to enjoy the flavours of a traditional pizza in full respect of the vegan principles.