What's not to love about L'Ov Milano! This little corner of New York with its sage green walls, marble top bar and wooden furniture reminiscent of a Pottery Barn catalogue, is a great place for a relaxed American or Italian breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends.L'Ov's signature dish is eggs (uova) which you can have nine different ways, such as Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon or in an omelette with various fillings. If eggs are not your thing, then for lunch why not try L'Ov's delicious hamburger with all the trimmings or the Club Sandwich, and one of the more substantial dishes on offer during the evening such as the New York Strip Steak, Milanese cotoletta or ostrich egg omelettes! To follow L'Ov offers a selection of homemade desserts, we particularly liked the fruits of the forest cheese cake served in  a jam jar which we had one Sunday brunch. Open Monday to Wednesday from 8am until 7pm and Thursday to Sunday from 8am until midnight, L'Ov offers good simple fare at great prices (we spent €36 for a two course meal for two on Sunday at lunchtime without wine). Word of warning: if you want to go for Sunday brunch make sure you book as early as possible by phone or email as it is always packed. 
Viale Premuda, 14 Milan
02 3663 8692
We've been carefully monitoring Corso Concordia for some time, especially the windows of a former bank which recently displayed a large, illuminated gong made from alabaster belonging to Gong Oriental Attitude, a new Asian fusion restaurant which we adore! At Gong we tried delicious traditional Chinese dishes combined with elements of Japanese cuisine as well as Mediterranean ingredients to create truly delicious combinations.What can we say? We were estatic about the menu, atmosphere and service. The restaurant is sleek, stylish, modern and divided into two; one side being larger than the other which houses an enormous glass wine cellar. Although Gong is spacious you won't be bothered by background noise and can enjoy your dinner in peace while chatting with your dinner companions.What should you order? Well why not start with a selection of delicious dim-sum al nero di seppia (with squid ink), alla barbabietola (beetroot), ai gamberi (prawns - we had two helpings); then try rice spaghetti, black cod al miso (typical Japanese dish) and the piécè de resistance was the amazing Peking duck!We will definitely be going back for dinner ... or maybe even lunch!  
Corso Concordia 8 20122 Milano
02 76023873
If you haven't heard of Eataly yet, well what can we say, you must be one of the few that hasn't. This international phenomenon has catapulted Italian food into the 21st century. Gone is the image of straw covered bottles of Chianti and red and white chequered tablecloths. Eataly is modern, sleek and very contemporary, while ensuring that traditional food manufacturing processes are strictly adhered to, so that you - the customer - are guaranteed the genuine article! The former Teatro Smeraldo has been transformed into a mecca for food lovers. Here under one roof you can buy: fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables from Northern Italy; cakes; biscuits; chocolates; jams; biscuits; honey; coffee; milk; butter; yoghurt; cooked meats; cheese (watch in awe as whole rounds of Parmesan are opened and divided); mozzerella; ricotta; water; soft drinks; fruit juices; wine; beer; meat (both raw and cooked ready to be taken away); fish from Liguria, the Adriatic and Tirrenio; 14 different types of organic bread; foccaccia; pasta; rice; cereals, oil and vinegar. Everything you could possibly need, including a whole section of kitchen equipment and tableware on the ground floor. Oh, and we forgot to mention, you can purchase everything online and have it delivered to your door. If you are feeling peckish as you walk around the store there are a series of small restaurants that offer delicious freshly cooked dishes. Each restaurant specialises in something different, whether it be soups and salads, freshly roasted meat, pasta, pizza, pastries or fried fish, meat, cheese and vegetables. You will just have to keep going back to try them all! Eataly maintains that its main goal is to "demonstrate that high-quality products can be made available to everyone: easy to find and at affordable prices" as well as communicating "faces, production methods and stories of people and companies who make the best Italian high quality food and wine." So far it seems to being a good job. To celebrate the history of this wonderful building, ex Teatro Smeraldo, a central stage hosts live musical performances, reading and performances by established and emerging artists. If you want to try simply send an email to!  
Piazza XXV Aprile, 10 20124 Milan
02 49497301
Dine on Dim Sum, the tapas of Chinese cuisine, at Dim Sum restaurant close to Porta Venezia. This excellent restaurant is yet another feather in the caps of its proprietors who also own Bon Wei in Via Castelvetro. What are Dim Sum? Well they are those wonderful little plates of Chinese dumplings stuffed with vegetables, meat or fish that the Chinese eat with tea. Dim Sum are served as small portions on a plate or in a basket. You must try all three different types of Dim Sum's dumplings in various flavours:  Shoo Mai (open dumplings),  Jiaozi  (half moon closed dumplings) and  Xiao Long Boo (closed dumplings). The Baozi, soft bread rolls filled with meat and honey, are also mouthwatering and perfect for those of you who like to combine sweet and savoury. Our favourites? Well, we loved the dumplings with beef filet and chives  "chianina con erba cipollina" (a fantastic mix of Asian and Florentine flavours) as well as those stuffed with prawns, grouper (cernia) and ginger.Dim Sum is nothing like other traditional Italian-Chinese restaurants. The interior is simple and modern with a stainless steel open plan kitchen behind glass allowing you to watch the chefs at work; the lighting is low, the decor is grey and blue and there are a lot of round tables which are great for larger groups.  
Via Nino Bixio 29 20129 Milano
02 29522821
Situated on the corner of via Francesco Sforza and largo Augusto is L'Arabesque Cafè. This great place reflects the style of its founder, Chichi Meroni, who also owns the Arabesque vintage clothes and design store next door. Arabesque Café offers clients a delightful location where they can enjoy a coffee or a sophisticated meal, or simply browse and/or purchase the fashion, photography, design, interior design, lifestyle and cookery books on display in the corner store.The restaurant offers typical Milanese cuisine with a modern twist. We haven't had dinner here yet, although it is next on our "to do list". We did, however, enjoy a particularly relaxing late morning coffee break at Arabesque Café! Well worth it. 
Largo Augusto, 10 Milan
02 76341477
Basara is a recent addition to the flourishing gastronomic trade in Corso Italia, just five minutes walk from Duomo. This small minimalist restaurant is a relaxed eatery by day and a more sophisticated restaurant by night. At lunchtime Basara offers day trippers and local workers a delicious selection of cold and hot dishes that are quickly prepared with fresh ingredients. Simply order at the cash register from the a' la carte menu or choose one of Basara's set menus (e.g. miso soup, a generous selection of sushi and sashimi and salad for Euros 20), collect your number and chopsticks and wait at your table until it's ready to pick up from the counter (your buzzer will let you know when as it leaps around the table). We can definitely recommend the rice and prawns (hot dish) and rainbow sushi from the a' la carte. In the evening Basara transforms itself. Hidden wooden wall panels are folded away to hide the drinks refrigerator and lunch time accessories. Tables are adorned with table runners and laid with proper tableware while the lights are turned down low. The evening menu is slightly different although equally delicious.  If you're in a rush, you can always order on-line ( and have your order delivered or pick it up from Corso Italia, 6 or Basara's other restaurant in Via Tortona, 12 Milan 20144 (02 83241025).
Corso Italia, 6 20122 Milan
02 72020141
For those of you who have been to the restaurant "Chandelier" in Via Broggi, you will find some similarities to Atlas Foyer in via Sansovino 1, a narrow one way street that can be accessed from Viale Abruzzi. When you walk through the door it is like stepping back in time: the main dining area is decorated wih persian carpets, velvet armchairs, vases, paintings, art books, pieces of furniture by Fornasetti and Giò Ponti, gold mirrors, liberty print wallpaper. When dining here you feel like you are a guest of an eccentric Sicilian artist. Indeed, the menu has a distinctive Sicilian influence although the cuisine is Mediterranean with many fish dishes - super fresh and delicious.  Atlas Foyer is also open at lunch and you can stop by for an aperatif and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with background jazz music - our favourite. 
Via Sansovino 1 20133 Milan
02 20242298
Biancolatte in Via Turati 30 is one of those places that puts you in a good mood as soon as you walk through the door. Biancolatte offers customers breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch, icecream, dinner, dessert, savoury snacks, food, fashion and home decor all under one roof!Biancolatte is the perfect place to take a break at any time of day or night as it's warm, inviting and expertly decorated. When it opened in 2008 it became "the" meeting place for the "Milanese" and it has livened up the end of Via Turati that leads into Piazza della Repubblica. Seven years on it's still packed at  lunch time and during the afternoon; while its difficult to get a table for brunch on Sundays so make sure you book in advance. The food is simple and seasonal, while the ingredients are super fresh and the desserts delicious. It's definitely worth a visit, even if you just want to window shop or take a look at the objects on sale: plateware, costume jewellery, candles, Biancolatte's signature white metal houses and so much more,  
Via Turati 30 20121 Milan
02 62086177
If you haven't already done so, you must try out Mimmo Milano! This restaurant in Porta Venezia offers great food, a wide selection of wines and is worth a visit just for its location. Number 34 Via Sitori overlooks both the wonderful Liberty style Palazzo Galimberti, probably one of the most beautiful buildings in MIlan, and a cul de sac which doesn't allow cars entrance. This small two storey building was originally a car garage and workshop, and has now been completely restructured to host Casa DONDUP concept store - an Italian clothing company - and Mimmo Milano. As soon as you walk through the main door you are enveloped by its warm atmosphere with high ceilings, exposed white ceiling beams, pale wooden floors and lanterns scattered around the place. In front of the entrance there is a bar where you can have an aperatif while to the right of the entrance there is the Dondup shop and to the left there is a staircase which leads up to the restaurant on the next floor.  Here you can dine by candle light in a relaxing environment with pale decor. The cuisine is Italian with a modern twist and the dishes vary according to the seasons. The staff are polite while Mimmo, the delightful owner, takes your order. As you can imagine this restaurant is extremely popular and usually packed with regulars. During the warmer months, the patio in front of the Casa DONDUP building is decorated with white curtains, small tables and comfortable sofas where you can enjoy an aperatif. You can also dine by candle light under the stars on the restaurant's lovely terrace - but make sure you ask to be seated outside. Mimmo is also open for lunch and has a special lunch menu. We suggest that you book in advance though. 
Via Giuseppe Sirtori 34 Milano
02 27723444
There is a great new place in Milan called Riad Food Garden, where surrounded by flowers, plants, vases, jugs, lanterns and other furnishings, you can have breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or an aperatif and Sunday brunch.Riad Food Garden is simply decorated with a creative use of black and white. The large marble washbasin behind the counter is reminiscent of an old flower shop and throughout the store you can find delightful objects and furnishings collected by the owners from all over Europe and Morocco and on sale. We especially like the ceramics!  Riad's cuisine is simple with distinctly Italian flavours, using fresh seasonal vegetables, fresh mozzerella and genuine ingredients. The menu varies often and according to the seasons. We love Riad as it's like a small conservatory full of plants and flowers where you can enjoy a coffee in peace while reading the newspaper or one of the many books on show or while browsing the unique and fun items from all over the world that are on sale. Also make use of the free wifi and tablet and cellphone chargers. One word of advice: given that Riad Food Garden is very small, make sure you book in advance for lunch or Sunday brunch. You can also book Riad Food Garden for private events, birthdays and private dinner parties.Open Mondays to Fridays from 8am until 8pm and on Sundays from 10am until 3pm with brunch served at 12.
Viale Piave 17 20129 Milano
02 76340504


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