Milan has long had a reputation for being home to workaholics, too busy to fully enjoy the art of cooking, writer Angelica Frey says of her hometown. Here, quick panini and aperitivo (the pre-dinner drinks and small bites combo) reign supreme: They are as much a part of Milan’s cultural history as landmarks like the Duomo, the San Siro Stadium, and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” fresco. In keeping with its business-minded ethos, Milan seldom shows its prettier side, so, just as you are likely to spot a dreamy verdant courtyard behind a heavy doorway, you can find warm, hearty eateries on gray, anonymous streets.
Like much of Italy, Milanese restaurants favor local ingredients, but Milan’s culinary landscape has slowly begun to change as a new generation puts a creative spin on cuisine that’s steeped in tradition. Although international restaurants are still few, thanks to the 2015 food-themed World’s Fair, hosted by Milan, the restaurant scene in Italy’s fashion capital is gradually shedding its classic veneer.
Without further ado, the 38 essential eating and drinking spots of Milan, Italy.
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