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Seta is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself to Michelin star chef Antonio Guida's divine cuisine. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Seta is an oasis of calm and elegance. As soon as you step inside the door, the attention to detail is evident in even the smallest of things; staff are welcoming and attentive, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere is modern yet refined with large open spaces, an abundance of velvet, exquisite lamps, black and white marble and enormous vases overflowing with stunning floral arrangements. If the weather permits, make sure you ask for a table in the restaurant's elegant courtyard which is kept cool during the relentless summer heat thanks to an ingenious air-conditioning system. For those of you not familiar with chef Antonio Guida's cuisine, prepare to have your tastebuds delighted with his carefully composed dishes: cavolfiore con salsa al latte di mandorla, succo di yuzu e di frutti di mare (cauliflower served with almond milk, yuzu and seafood), riso in Cagnone con verdure, maccagno e polvere di lampone (risotto with vegetables, maccagno cheese and powdered raspberry) (one of the best risotto's we've ever tasted), coda di rospo con nocciole e salsa alla liquerizia (monk fish served with hazelnuts and liquorice sauce). While you are waiting for your meal enjoy the mouth-watering amuse-bouche with a glass of prosecco or wine from the extensive wine list. Try and resist emptying the bread basket full of homemade, light, super thin grissini and Altamura bread served with salted or alga butter, so you can make sure you have room for dessert.The dessert menu is to die for, as are the selection of pre-desserts. We tried the cioccolato al lime, salsa al caramello e fior di sale e gelato all'avena (lime flavoured chocolate with caramel sauce, salt and oat ice-cream) as well as parfait di liquirizia con cristalli e foglie di tabacco Kentuchy, pere alle spezie e crema al caffe' (liquorice parfait with crystallised tobacco leaves, spiced pears and coffee cream). Heavenly!Definitely an experience to remember! 
Via Andegari 9 20121 Milano
02 87318897
Last night for the first time in years (eight to be exact) my other half and I went back to Innocenti Evasioni to discover that the food was every bit as wonderful as we remembered it. To be honest I can't really recall why we stopped going, probably something to do with never being able to find a table, becoming parents and it not being in spitting distance of our flat; and when it did come to mind we were always worried that our once favourite haunt wouldn't have been able to maintain the same high level of quality and deliciousness (if that word even exists). Thankfully we were pleasantly surprised to see that everything had stayed exactly as it was. Situated in a quiet side street in the Sempione District, Innocenti Evasioni tricks you into thinking it is a mere trattoria from the street. Don't be fooled by appearances. Once buzzed inside attentive staff are on hand to take your coat (or numerous layers in my case) and usher you to a table inside the roomy main interior overlooking a stunning and beautifully illuminated Japanese inspired garden. Once settled at your table the mere sight of the bread basket is enough to make one salivate, however, the best is still to come: the menu. Obviously it would have been rude of us not to order the menu di degustazione given that Tommaso Arrigoni (who together with Eros Picco are Innocenti Evasioni's Michelin star chefs) kindly took our order. Six perfectly sized dishes delighted our taste buds for a modest €49 per head. Obviously the menu varies according to the seasons, but on this particular occasion we had: "Salmon Sashimi" with bufala mozzerella, mandarin sponge and rosemary honey; "Reblochon Marshmallow" with crunchy cabbage, a poached egg yolk and dried porcini mushroom mayonnaise; "Chestnut Maccheroncini" with ox tail ragu, fresh herbs and pecorino romano (to die for); "Duck Pastrami" with sweet and sour beetroot, Granny Smith apples, cacao mustard; "Pork filet" with almond stuffed dried figs, orange zest flavoured cauliflower puree and coriander; "Torrone ice-cream" with fruits of the forest coulis, whisky and crunchy spiced bread. Unlike many haute cuisine restaurants in Milan, Innocenti Evasioni is very relaxed and inviting and the staff lack the air of superiority many assume when working shoulder to shoulder with big names in the "food" world. Definitely an experience I would happily repeat, although thanks to this article I will probably end up not being to find a table!Innocenti Evasioni is open Monday to Saturday from 20.00 to 23.00. 
Via Privata della Bindellina, 20155 Milan
ristorante@innocentievasioni.com
02 33001882
Anyone for a pizza and cinema in the city centre? Well, then you 'have' to try Gino Sorbillo's Neopolitan style pizza at Lievito Madre al Duomo! His famous pizza is made using organic 00 flour, the dough is made by hand and laid to rest for 28 to 40 hours and cooked in a wood fire oven. The result is beyond expectations: a delicious, crispy pizza with a low crust.  Gino Sorbillo only uses San Marzano D.o.p tomatoes, Italian mozzerella and extra virgin olive oil from Umbria. Even the desserts come from Naples and the Amalfi coast.Gino Sorbillo's pizza is so famous that the restaurant is always packed. We suggest you avoid peak hours if you don't want to wait: unfortunately you can't book. However, once you are seated the service is really quick, unless of course the dough has finished and then you'll have to come back another day. Gino Sorbillo only makes 400 pizzas per day!  The restaurant is on two floors and really buzzy. The tables are small and placed close together, but then that's not a problem as you have a film to catch. Don't you?
Largo Corsia dei Servi 11 20122 Milano
02 45375930
[English version to follow shortly]‘ Pacifico, ovvero un angolo di Perù a Milano. Questo si è proposto lo chef Jaime Pesaque che, dopo aver lavorato nei migliori ristorantii al mondo, ha portato la cucina peruviana con le sue influenze asiatiche qui a Milano (dobbiamo ammetterlo, non sapevamo di questo connubio tra la cucina peruviana e asiatica e leggere sul menù la parola dim sum ci ha al momento lasciate un pò perplesse...).Parliamo quindi del menù: i piatti tra cui scegliere sono pochi, ma ben selezionati e preparati con ingredienti freschissimi. Diciamo anche, a scanso di equivoci, che se cercate la cucina peruviana più autentica e un pò "ruspante" questo non è il posto che fa per voi! Tre sono le specialità del ristorante da assaggiare: il ceviche, tiradito e la causa.  Il ceviche è il pesce crudo marinato nel limone qui preparato in sei diverse varianti. Noi abbiamo ordinato il ceviche con branzino, leche de tigre classica, limo, patata dolce, mais tostato peruviano, cipolla rossa e quello misto con polpo, capasanta, gamberi, leche de tigre, salsa piccante, e coriandolo. Ottimi entrambi.Ci sono poi i tiradito, una specie di sashimi, anche questi tipicamente peruviani, sempre a base di pesce crudo. La nostra scelta è caduta sui tiradito tamarindo a base di tonno. La causa è invece una sorta di purè di patate con dentro pesce crudo servito freddo. Abbiamo optato ancora per il tonno con la causa costena: tonno, purè di patate, aji amarillo, pure di avocado e bottarga. Anche questa deliziosa.Le altre proposte del menù sono i Dim Sum di cui sopra, piatto in cui si ritrova meglio l'influenza asiatica, il pollo pad thai o il manzo satè. Sono anche questi ottimi, ma a nostro giudizio meno particolari degli altri piatti.Il locale è su due piani: al piano strada c'è la sala principale, sotto ci sono altre due sale che possono essere affittate anche per cene private o per gruppi più numerosi. L'ambiente è moderno, elegante, un pò scuro. Domina il colore blu. Il design del ristorante e l'arredamento sono molto raffinati con poltroncine e divanetti in velluto. Purtroppo il locale non è molto grande ed i tavoli sono un pò troppo vicini quindi inevitabilmente e involontariamente si sente la conversazione dei tavoli di fianco.Pacifico è perfetto anche per un apertivo: all'ingresso c'è un bancone bar dove gustare oltre alle specialità peruviane, anche cocktail a base di pisco, la tipica acquavite sudamericana. A noi Pacifico è piaciuto, amiamo sperimentare nuove cucine e siamo entusiaste quando a Milano aprono ristoranti che propongono menù internazionali. 
Via della Moscova 29 20121 Milano
02 87244737
I have two words to sum up my culinary experience at Misha Sukyas's restaurant next to the Colonne di San Lorenzo - "differently delicious". Born in Milan with Armenian roots, Misha Sukyas has travelled the world to learn his trade and worked with some of the best chefs in London, Amsterdam and Australia.  Misha combines simple yet interesting ingredients that are cooked to perfection and beautifully served in an array of dishes. The menu varies constantly according to the whims of the the chef as well as the seasons, and never fails to surprise. Dishes are small so make sure you choose an array of different ones to share with your dinner companions in true Middle Eastern style. We tried the delicious 'Jerusalem artichoke soup with crispy speck'; tangy 'Parmigiana di Melanzane'; spicy 'Dahl lentils'; unexpected 'salted and marinated tuber salad with white chocolate' and the melt-in-the-mouth 'Blanchet chicken'. Oh and top it all we had the 'cannellone alla n'dufa' - a strange yet delicious combination of traditional Sicilian cannellone with spicy salami!Spice makes delicious cocktails and also has a great wine menu which Misha Sukyas insists be of high quality at great prices. In fact our whole meal came to a very reasonable €38 per head including wine and water. Spice is definitely one to try!  
Via E. de Amicis, 4 Milan
spicebistrobar@yahoo.com
02 58102106
Yep, the hamburger craze is still in full swing in Milan and Fatto-Bene is another contender in the quest to make the ultimate Milanese burger. As this growing chain's name implies, Fatto-Bene's burgers are well-made!Fatto-Bene's latest addition is in Via Muratori and offers lean, meaty hamburgers in different sizes: 280g (Maxi), 180g (Regular) or 100g aka the Bimbo burger (a perfect size for little ones). You can choose one of Fatto-Bene's delicious burgers or pick and choose from the mixture of different fillings on offer. If you are not a red meat lover, why not opt for the GOLDEN CHICKEN BURGER (chicken breast with tomato, lettuce and bbq sauce) or the SALMON CHIC BURGER or even one of the vegetarian or vegan ones.  Our leading hamburger expert (my 10 year old son) devoured a regular OPENING BURGER  made with Piemontese meat, fontina d.o.p. cheese, tomato, browned Tropea onions, lettuce and mayonnaise served with oven baked potatoes and Maldon sea salt.Fatto-Bene sports a utilitarian style with white tiled walls, industrial overhead ceiling lamps and a generour dose of grey. Although quite stark, Fatto-Bene has a relaxed atmosphere and is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat, and thankfully for parents: children are very welcome.  Burger prices range from €10-16 and come complete with fries or oven baked potatoes. We haven't tried any of the other Fatto-Bene's restaurants as yet, but you can find their flagship restaurant in Via Vincenzo Monti, 56 (Tel: 02 45471824); as well as restaurants in Via Borsieri 1 and Via Buonarroti 8. 
Via Muratori, 10 Milan
info@fattobeneburger.com
02 5516812
Thanks to a failed sleepover and an empty fridge, my husband and I had to cancel our romantic dinner for two at Bulgari and opt for a child friendly restaurant for three. Having heard that STK steakhouse had recently opened in Milan, it sounded like the perfect location for our carnivorous eldest son so, despite not having carried out any due diligence, we decided to give it a go. To be honest I was expecting a typical 'Angus' style steakhouse with dark, gloomy furnishings, sticky tables and  run-of-the-mill food. Boy, were we in for a big surprise! When we pulled up outside of the recently renovated Il Duca Hotel, I thought my husband had punched in the wrong address on the SatNav. To my surprise STK is situated on the first floor of this beautifully renovated hotel. The entrance to STK is to the left of the lobby and accessed via a golden spiral staircase. Friendly staff were there to greet us at the top and direct us to our table. We were immediately struck by the sophisticated, urban decor with round booths upholstered in cream and black leather and highly polished wooden tables; perfect for intimate dining or small groups of friends. Tall glass vases full of cherry blossom branches and glass droplets adorn every available surface and are cleverly illuminated along with the booths to create a dramatic backdrop.  While the large bar in front of the windows is surrounded by a raised dining area for more formal dinners. As you would expect, steak is the main attraction on the menu. However, STK offers small, medium and large cuts of meat, as well as delicious fresh fish dishes and salads. Aside from steak, signature items include Parmesan Truffle Fries and Lil’ BRGs. To start with we tried: roasted scallops with pureed mint peas and parma ham, Lil' BRGs and tuna tartar with avocado, ginger and seaweed. To follow we devoured the melt in the mouth USA New York Strip and fillet steak as well as the halibut fish with a coconut crust, noodles and spicy tamarind sauce.  Simply delicious! Although bursting to the brim we couldn't resist the American style cheesecake with peaches and raspberries, although the STK Snickers is also meant to be scrumptious. We booked a table for 7pm through www.stkhouse.com (OpenTable) so we basically had the restaurant to ourselves, although later on according to STK's website the in-house DJ "creates a high-energy vibe perfect for dancing, mingling and making new friends"! STK is open Mon - Wed: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Thu - Sat: 6:00 pm - 1:00 am and Sun: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. My son highly recommends it! 
Piazza della Repubblica, 13 20124 Milan
02 84220110
Need to rest your feet while shopping at the Rinascente? Then stop off at the Corallo Lobster Bar on the seventh floor of the Rinascente Food Hall: the first Italian lobster bar.Decorated in a Mediterranean style, the restaurant is colourful, cheerful and sunny. The walls are covered in Solimene ceramics with their beautiful lemons that bring to mind the Amalfi coast. The colours are predominantly blue, yellow and white, while the kitchen is open plan.This restaurant mixes both American and Mediterranean cultures. Diners can try 5 different types of lobster to cater for all tastes: Assolo, with pasta, in a sandwich, with a burger or in a salad. Try the steamed lobster (Assolo): a whole lobster served with a Sorrento citrus sauce, fries and a gourmet salad. Simply delicious! Or the Roll, which is a typical New York sandwich. The lobster pasta is also served with rustic Gragnano linguine; while the burger is traditional Surf n' Turf. Salad wise we would recommend the Catalan style lobster with tomatoes, red onions, celery, potatoes and toasted bread.We really like Corallo Lobster Bar, especially as it's a little different. Currently the restaurant is only a little corner so we suggest you avoid the rush hour between 1 and 2pm unless you have a reservation. 
Food hall piano 7 la Rinascente Piazza Duomo Milano
info@corallolobsterbar.it
02 8852460
High above Milan overlooking Parco Sempione with a clear view of the Unicredit building in the distance, is Osteria con Vista at the Triennale - Milan's Contemporary Art Museum. This amazing restaurant located on the roof of the Triennale is a wonderous display of glass, wood, light and shade. Modern, sleek, with Central Park views and West Coast inspired decor, Osteria con Vista is a 'must' for lunch, dinner, an aperatif or Sunday brunch with friends and/or family. However, don't be fooled; getting a reservation can be almost as difficult as getting one at a top restaurant in London, especially during the weekend in the warmer months. As you walk into this glass walled restaurant you are greeted by a plethora of aromatic herbs which, along with wild grasses, form a wonderful backdrop to this elegant restaurant. During the warm weather the glass walls are opened up to allow guests to dine outside on the terrace, and a 400m2  awning is used to protect guests from the sun during the day and removed at night to allow them to gaze at the stars. If you don't want to stay for dinner why not simply sample one of Luis Hidalgo's famous cocktails and watch the sunset. Not only is the location unique, but the food is also delicious. The restaurant is run by Ugo Fava, whose aim was to recreate the 'osteria' concept of simple traditional Italian dishes and have Michelin star Chef Stefano Cerveni artfully give them a contemporary twist. Something the pair have expertly managed to carry off with mouthwatering success! The Osteria con Vista offers a great selection of vegetarian, meat and fish dishes as well as desserts, although the lunch menu offers a more limited choice (and only two desserts). Osteria con Vista also caters for little ones and offers tasty morsels that all children love especially for Sunday brunch. Parents will also be pleased that the restaurant also offers baby changing facilities, although you have to walk down several flights of stairs to access them. Osteria con Vista is open Mondays to Sundays from 11.30am to 12.30am.
Viale Alemagna, 6 Milano
info@terrazzatriennale.org
02 36644340
California Bakery has become something of an institution in Milan. Dotted around the city, these coffee shops cum restaurants offer consistently excellent homemade, locally sourced American food which appeals to all ages in a warm and relaxed environment. If we had to choose a favourite location, however,  it would have to be Piazza Sant'Eustorgio which gets its name from the beautfiul 13th century church located there. On request you can sit outside under enormous umbrellas and enjoy the hustle and bustle of this recently gentrified area bursting with cool bars and shops such as Clori and Laura Urbinati which are just next door (see our Home Decor and Fashion Shops sections).   As for the food, California Bakery offers: proper American breakfast (pancakes, waffles etc), delicious New York style bagels packed with fresh ingredients such as 'NY Style' (smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomatoes, capers, Tropea red onion); fish burgers, vegetarian burgers and hamburgers in a bun with numerous different toppings and in two different sizes: 100g or 180g; Club Sandwiches; salads; quiches: hand cut chips etc. Oh yes, and how could we forget: the desserts. Luckily for our waistlines California Bakery sells their desserts in two different sizes: regular (aka huge)  and slim (more than enough to finish off a meal). If you love American style cheesecake then you must try the blueberry cheesecake or strawberry and rasperry one, but make sure you get to taste the chocolate and walnut brownie and the tart tartin too. Simply delicious! California Bakery also offers a children's menu with child sized portions of their favourite food. California Bakery in Piazza Sant'Eustorgio also offers a picnic service during the warm weather weekends. Clients can buy a selection of bagels, sandwiches, salads or quiches together with dessert and drinks which are supplied in a gorgeous, wicker picnic basket together with floor cushions and a picnic blanket. What better way to spend an afternoon than in the Parco delle Basiliche just behind the church laid out on a picnic blanket. If you are too busy to pop by to one of their restaurants, then California Bakery is happy to deliver within the city (see www.californiabakery.it/food/take-away-delivery.html).  Or if you want to learn how to make your favourite California Bakery dishes, they also organise courses for adults and children (see www.californiabakery.it/cooking-lab.html for more details).California Bakery also has restaurants usually open from 8 to midnight Monday to Saturday and 9 to midnight on Sundays in :Corso Como, 5 (Porta Garibaldi area); Corso Garibaldi 89 (Moscova area): Piazza San Simpliciano 7 (Brera area) (Tuesday to Friday 8 to 18.30 and 9 to 20.00 on weekends);Via Larga, 19 (near Duomo);Viale Premuda 44 (Porta Venezia area) (open from 7.30 on weekdays);Via San Vittore 2 (Sant'Ambrogio area).If you want to go for brunch or dinner especially during the weekends we suggest you make a booking through the central switchboard number (02 39811750).  
Piazza Sant'Eustorgio, 4
customercare@californiabakery.it
02 39811750

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