Where to go if you happen to be in Milan and suddenly wish to savour the authentic risotto alla Milanese in the city? Here's our guide of the go-to destinations in Milan to help you choose the perfect destination to satisfy your taste whims.
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Milanese cuisine is not particularly varied and consists of hearty dishes, originally designed for labourers, often forced to work outdoors. However, saffron-infused risotto alla Milanese is delicate and elegant, and also rich and intense.
The most classic version of safron rice, accompanied by ossobuco, is considered a one-dish meal and can be eaten at Trattoria Masuelli, in Viale Umbria, an institution in the city, immersed in an old-world atmosphere, with pure white tablecloths and 1930s chandeliers.
Though faithful to tradition, Ratanà, a restaurant located under the skyscrapers in Porta Nuova, offers more delicate dishes, in an ambience of industrial inspiration.
Antica Trattoria della Pesa
Besides offering a traditional version of risotto alla Milanese, Antica Trattoria della Pesa is a must-visit destination for connoisseurs of ‘cotoletta alla milanese’, made from an inch-thick bone-in veal chop, coated with breadcrumbs and fried in butter. Located just a short distance from Corso Como, the restaurant is one of Milan’s most authentic trattorias, where you can indulge in one of the largest, most classic and filling versions.