Top 7: Milan's best historic restaurants Antico Ristorante Bouecc

Top 7: Milan's best historic restaurants

Head back in time and visit some of the locals' favourite spots for a real taste of old Lombardy 

Milan might be one of the more modern Italian cities, but that doesn't mean it there isn't a passion for the traditions of yesterday. Peppered across the city, you can find small, family-owned eateries that still have a genuinely Italian feeling. So grab a spritz and experience antique Milan in the city's best old-world Italian restaurants.

Ristorante La Pobbia 1850

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What began as a modest family-style trattoria in 1850 has become a culinary establishment for all those who love Milan's unique dishes. On a chilly evening, there is nothing more welcoming than settling into the Anzaghi family's well-known haunt to soak up the warmth by the fireplace in the dining room, before tucking into cabbage rolls, mondeghili, mixed boiled meat and other classics.



Bice Milano

Tucked away in Via Borgospesso is a Milanese name, Bice, famous amongst locals who love its home-style cooking, friendly hospitality and the very Milanese story of Beatrice Mungai who founded her restaurant from humble beginnings at the dawn of the 20th century. Time stands still in this classically-appointed restaurant where the Milanese classics reign supreme, but whatever you do, you must try the risottos that are the order of the day. Save room for the wonderfully light chestnut dessert ('castagnaccio').

Don Lisander



One of Don Lisander's biggest draws is without a doubt its gem of a garden where you can savour Milan's classic cuisine. But what's a wonderful setting without good food? Here, a great Milanese winter classic, the 'cassoeula' or pork and Savoy cabbage casserole, can be expertly paired with one of the many excellent wines from an exhaustive list. Other dishes like veal with pistachio and Port wine sauce would have been heartily approved by Alessandro Manzoni, affectionately known as Don Lisander.

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Antico Ristorante Boeucc


Antico Ristorante Bouecc

You can feel the history of Milan's oldest restaurant, Boeucc, as soon as you walk through its immaculate doors. Let the attentive staff usher you to your table in the beautiful main hall with high ceiling and columns. Making its diners feel special is an everyday affair at Boeucc, where Milanese risotto comes with freshly sprinkled saffron, and the tenderest lamb chop with artichokes is a delicious alternative to classic veal. The venue’s incredible history simply comes alive in every dish. 

El Brellin Ristorante


With the intimate atmosphere that only the best Milanese venues possess, El Brellin Ristorante boasts a wonderful location on the Navigli, a beautiful garden and, of course, jealously guarded culinary traditions. What can be more satisfying than a piping hot dish of Milanese risotto with its distinctive colour and enticing aroma? The ossobuco and risotto combination is a great way to savour two classics in the same dish. An international clientele is proof of El Brellin's widespread

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Ristorante La Briciola


Ristorante La Bricola

La Briciola counts Milan's who's who as its regulars, and there are many reasons why. Besides owners Stefania and Gianni's warm hospitality, La Briciola's no-nonsense approach to Milanese specialities, Italian dishes and a wide variety of wines has made this an urban icon for nearly 40 years. Try the Milanese risotto with a topping of diced Parma prosciutto, the breaded veal chop served on a rustic wooden board, or how about Albese carpaccio with fresh white truffle shavings?

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Il Solferino


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To spend a wonderful evening with that special someone, or just to feel Milan's magical vibe on an autumnal night, Il Solferino is the place to be. Cosy up at your table and browse through the gastronomic choices, complemented with a robust wine list. Undecided? Go for the Milanese specialities that have gained the locals' thumbs-up since 1907, and let Gianni do the wine-pairing. Other Italian recipes make this famous restaurant one to come back to again and again.

1 Ristorante La Pobbia 1850
2 Ristorante La Bricola
3 Il Solferno
4 Bice
5 Ristorante Don Lisander
6 Antico Ristorante Bouecc
7 El Brellin