La Vecchia Latteria
Unpresuming and traditional, this family-run restaurant has been in Milan since the 1960s and prepares its dishes fresh every morning. Come lunchtime, the modest yet intimate setting fills up with the good-looking local Milanese ladies and gents. Vegetarian and vegan diners will enjoy this spot for the plethora of wonderful options. Sign off the home cooked lunch with a coffee, and head back out to the next destination.
Via dell’Unione 6, Milan, 20122
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La Cantina di Manuela
Designed by two brothers, Frank and Maurizio Rossi, La Lantina di Manuela offers high quality products, all sourced by suppliers in Italy, and at reasonable prices. Many of the wines come from small, family-run wineries around Lombardy and Emilio Romagna, and are a sensory experience. Located in the north end of town, the setting is cozy and informal with a country-style atmosphere, and any true Italian will be able to tell you that the Rossi brothers have successfully covered the aspects of authentic cooking, with fresh pastas, desserts and sorbets that are all strictly homemade.
Via Procaccini 41, Milan, 20154
02 7631 8892
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By far one of the city's more elegant yet relaxed lunch spots, Il Verdi is practically a culinary institution in Milan. Come noon, some of the city's biggest talents and smartest minds make their way through the front doors to enjoy their 'pausa di pranzo', the Milanese lunch break. While traditional Lombardian at heart, chef Federico Trobbiani never fails to surprise guests with classic Italian dishes alongside surprising global touches. Guests can enjoy both the lunch menu and a la carte options. From the antipasti to the fresh pasta, risotto and seafood, every dish is a masterpiece. Lighter options include a wide range of salads that can be accommodated by chicken, fish and cheeses. Leave room for the whipped coffee and mascarpone, which is simply to die for.
Piazza Carlo Mirabello 5, Milano, 20121
02 659 0797
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Just a five-minute walk from San Babila, Valentino Vintage is proof that to know Milan is to be willing to look beyond the exterior to discover her many secrets. Housed in a 17th century palazzo, this restaurant pays tribute to traditional Milanese food while offering subtle Mediterranean accents. Sourced from local markets, Valentino’s kitchen shares the stage between Mother Nature’s bounty of wonderful produce and the chef’s talent for capturing the distinct tastes and aromas to create unique dishes. The restaurant offers a generous lunch menu with a selection of 250 wines, selected by the in-house sommelier.
Corso Monforte 16, Milan, 20122
02 763 94369