Porta Romana's top restaurants showcase the flavours and styles of Milan at their best. Try everything from bakery treats to sushi in this fashionable district. Here are our top dining choices for this Design Week.
It might not be Christmas, but here’s a place where you can have your panettone and eat it year-round. The family-run bakery is a dessert-lovers paradise.
If you’re health conscience and are seeking an alternative to the norm, try NaBi. The name itself is a contraction of the words nature and biological. It’s the ideal place at which to get your fill of soya cappuccinos, vegetable burgers and a whole host of other organic treats.
This pastry shop already a local favourite, and when you bite into one of the Austrian-inspired tarts or desserts, it’s easy to understand why. Owned by Italian Bakeoff judge Ernst Knam, it definitely receives full marks. Have a look at his new creations for Easter; they are quite a treat for the senses.
This is what happens when four friends with a passion for fine wine collaborate. La Cieca is a hip local wine bar, with a young and trendy vibe, particularly enjoyable during the classic Milanese aperitivo (happy hour) though the menu is just wine, bread and olive oil, pate etc.
By day, Pota Fiori is a relaxed place to have lunch and immerse yourself in green therapy. By night, the space takes on a different vibe with live music, intimate lighting and a very social atmosphere. The daring design pays off and the contemporary dishes too, with traditional northern Italian food including orecchiete with fresh asparagus, and the artichokes and polenta, composing a carefully crafted menu that is hassle-free, and easily vegetarian friendly.
The Milanese are having a bit of a love affair with Japanese food, and that’s understandable when you see the selection of tasty bites on offer at Izu. With gluten-free options available, many locals are of the opinion that this is one of the best sushi restaurants in town. There is an onsite cocktail connoisseur who creatively matches your chosen dishes to a custom cocktail that you will almost certainly order a second round of. This added service is quite distinct and appreciated.
Although this restaurant is not new on the block, it is one of the locals' favoured addresses for lunch and dinner. The interior space is made of all recycled materials, and the designers have been quite creative in their reincarnated adaptations. Chef Francesco is onsite almost every day and brings Sicilian cooking to the Milanese palate with such good taste. The wines are nicely matched with the dishes, and each item on the menu is freshly prepared, from the handmade pasta and bread to the locally grown, organic vegetables and wonderful seafood. The owners of this place are also very nice and accommodating - very well worth a visit.
By day you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the farmer’s market, while at night you’ll want to gather for at the bar for a drink with the locals. Nothing beats an Aperol spritz in a unique, open-air location in Milan. Bread and pastries are freshly baked and the lunch and dinner menus nod to the traditional Italian kitchen, with a few small twists and turns on the way to ensure a great experience.