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After EXPO 2015 being thrusted with international culinary spotlight, this business and fashion powerhouse happens to be a great place to enjoy world-class dining as well. Visit the best restaurants in Milan this Christmas!
Whimsically named dishes like ‘Non fumo più!,’ ‘Bella con l’anima,’ ‘Stracciatellami’ and ‘Baciami’ reflect Alice Ristorante’s approach to contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Dynamic duo Chef Viviana Varese and Maitre d’ and Sommelier Sandra Ciciriello present a creative menu spotlighting the freshest seafood, fruit and vegetables, complemented by a 200- label-strong wine list, for a truly inspired dining experience.
Friulian chef Andrea Berton welcomes you to his eponymous restaurant, where his signature touch shines through in many signature dishes. Whether you are already familiar with the chef from his days at the Taverna di Colloredo in Monte Albano, Il Ristorante Trussardi alla Scala, Pisacco or DRY, Berton will prove to be a star-lit experience. Make a reservation for the exclusive tables or private room, ideal for special occasions and business meetings.
Larte is not just a restaurant, it’s more of a meeting point between food and wine, art, design and fashion. Its name (a play on the Italian word for art) represents the excellence of Italian culture. Larte will be housed in Milan’s central Via Manzoni, in a building that was once the home of writer and poet Carlo Emilio Gadda.
Replay – The Stage
The Stage is a classically modern restaurant, impact, intriguing, yet meditative. The finishes are those of a luxury yacht. The tones are warm. The walls are covered with wooden beads shiny slightly wavy; the wooden ceiling in African mahogany is shaped hull boat overturned. The impression is of being in the heart of a ship just launched. The floors are hardwood, further enhanced thanks to the special cutting and laying.
Wooden floor, natural daylight and germinating plants still in their pots set the tone at Joia, where natural cuisine reigns supreme. Globetrotter Pietro Leemann has created an experimental menu where inspirations have been drawn from Beijing to New York. The dishes do away with eggs, flour and dairy to focus on the lightest, freshest flavours with many vegan and gluten-free choices. Dainty presentations look almost too good to eat, but dig right in, because it will prove to be a sensorial experience.
Martini bar bistro
After shopping in Milan’s famous fashion district, enjoy some drinks and delicious bites Dolce & Gabbana style, right on Corso Venezia. Martini Bar & Bistrot, decked out in the power duo’s signature style, is not just pretty to look at. Besides expertly crafted drinks, you can tuck into onion risotto served with a teaspoon of caviar, juicy lamb chops, red Sicilian prawns and shells soup and many other specialities during lunch and late into the evening. A great place to get away from the crowds in San Babila.
Looking for a unique Japanese dining experience? A stone’s throw from the Arco della Pace is Iyo, which has been recognised with a Michelin star for its original fusion fare. Work up an appetite with ocean-fresh sashimi and sushi, as your grilled order is prepared on the open- style robatayaki. Semi-private dining areas are as cosy as they are chic. There are no secrets here: a dynamic team, contemporary décor and a twist on traditional flavours make Iyo a winner.
N’ombra de vin
This wine bar and restaurant is a very Milanese venue in a very Milanese Brera Design District . With the feel of a wine cellar and the indulgence of an underground club, N’Ombra de Vin has been around for over 40 years. You can’t go wrong with Sommelier Murru’s top 10 wine picks, and delicious gourmet bites on the menu. The music and beautiful people here create a great vibe and get the evening started.
Björk Swedish Brasserie & Side Store
Napapijri founder Giuliana Rosset and architect Nicola Quadri’s mutual love for the Scandinavian lifestyle has led to Italy’s first Swedish brasserie and store named Björk. Now, you can experience Swedish design and gourmet cuisine in the heart of Milan. Björk’s refreshing interior highlights Nordic artworks, while the menu features well-researched Scandinavian specialities in collaboration with the Grythyttan School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts & Meal Science, Konsum Värmland and Pelle Agorelius.
Dimmies, anyone? A long awaited opening, Dim Sum now serves the widely-popular Cantonese specialty in Milan where diners are quickly catching on to the allure of these ‘Chinese tapas.’ Order a few baskets to share, because one bite is never enough. Tuck into yummy morsels of daintily handcrafted meat, fish and vegetables that look almost too good to be eaten. Today, a quickly disappearing art in Southern China where dim sum was born, Dim Sum witnesses its glorious revival.
Trussardi Alla Scala
Experience a unique dining experience from the vantage point of Trussardi alla Scala which, looks upon Piazza della Scala. Watch the busy city below, outside the legendary theatre, as you witness the restaurant’s own culinary flair. Creativity, discipline and balance, the menu reveals itself act after act with hushed sophistication. Dishes such as raw sea bream with gold, ginger and saffron jelly recall French and Italian inspirations. Don’t forget to reserve a table by the window.
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