Pisacco offers both a restaurant and bar on two floors, which is open all day. You can access the bar at street level from Via Solferino and enjoy an aperativo while seated at one of the communal tables or on a  comfortable stool. The restaurant is downstairs and, although it is not as attractive as the bar, it overlooks a small garden which was once a section of the Conca delle Gabelle, in the days when the Martesana canal flowed into the city towards Piazza San Marco. (It's such a shame that the Canals were filled in ...)The interior design is minimalist with pale chairs, coloured neon lights and murals on the walls - all of which reflect the philosophy of Pisacco. The cuisine is simple, offering Italian dishes with a twist, such as: spaghetti with tomato and basil sauce and a buffala mozzerella cream, steak tartar with quail egg and herb mayonaise, black cod with Belgium endive and peppers, peach and amaretto dessert - just enough to get your mouth watering. Prices are not prohibitive, although remember this is Brera, one of Milan's trendiest areas. Worth a visit and definitely the in place to go at the moment.   
Via Solferino 48 20121 Milan
02 91765472
The first thing you notice about this new restaurant near Arco della Pace when you walk through the door is the decor. It's just what imagine an Italian nonna's (granny's) kitchen would look like - 1950s old formica - which has pride of place in the main restaurant.  Put it together with: acquamarine painted chairs, old cutlery, best crystal glasses in the sideboard, table centre pieces made from bouquets of herbs, brown velvet armchairs, even an old record player and it's like being transported back to your childhood.  Even the food is served in vintage plates!The homemade cuisine is typically Italian, but refined, using unusual ingredients such as salicornia, which is a salty tasting herb. Great care has been put into this menu and many of the products used are organic. Why not try the baccalà mantecato  (salted cod) with polenta and carmelised onions,  tajarin with black truffle, testaroli with mushrooms, tiramisù.It is definitely worth going for a traditional Sunday lunch to sample the delicious: mixed hams and pickles, cappelletti in broth served in a terrine, chicken and capon cooked in broth with mostarde and sauces, torta sbrisolona served with zabaione. Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised! 
Via Moscati 13 20124 Milan
02 36744172
Al Garghet is famous for its typical Milanese cuisine and is definitely worth a visit. It is not easy to get to as it is submersed in the green countryside to the South of Milan, but as soon as you get there you will forget the chaos of the city. The restaurant is an old farmhouse that has been perfectly restored and is very romantic. The menu is even written by hand and translated into Milanese dialect. Weather permitting you can dine by candlelight under the veranda or the wonderful pergola. You must try the "l'orecchia di elefante" (an enormous, very thin, fried veal escalope) with cherry tomatoes. It may not be cheap and the service can be a little brusque at times but it is well worth a visit.  TIP: In the summer arm yourself with mosquito spray!   
Via Salvanesco, 36 20142 Milan
02 534698
Compagnia Generale dei Viaggiatori Naviganti e Sognatori, has relocated to new premises in via Sottocorno.Those of you who loved its' Japanese and fusion cuisine ten years (or maybe more) ago will once again be able to enjoy it in a simple yet inviting ambience with low lighting, reminiscent of its previous location in Cascina Cuccagna. We would recommend it to those of you who want to journey with your mind, soul and palate for an evening and forget that you are in Milan.If you would prefer take-away, you can order it through Bacchette e Forchette (
Via Sottocorno 27 20129 Milan
02 5516154
I Pesciolini is a fishmonger, restaurant and bar all rolled into one. The young guys behind the counter will clean and prepare whatever is on sale from among the wide selection of very fresh fish and crustaceans they have on offer. If you are not quite sure how to cook it, just ask them and they will provide you with detailed yet simple instructions. If you don't feel like cooking they have a good selection of raw and cooked fish dishes which you can either eat on the premises (inside or al fresco at the tables on the pavement) or that you can simply take away. Take a look at their website for further details. Pesciolni is also a great place for an aperatif - why not try their delicious oysters with a glass of crisp white wine. 
Corso di Porta Romana, 51 20122 Milan
02 54100474
We stumbled across this gem of fusion cuisine thanks to a friend. Wicki's was formerly tucked away in a little side street behind Corso Genova, but has recently moved to Corso Italia n.6 - a two minute walk from the Duomo. Its cool, black, gold and cream modern interior creates a cool, urban setting which is a perfect backdrop for the chef's traditional Japanese cuisine with a European twist.You must try Wicki's Milanese sushi, which is made from traditional Milanese saffron risotto rice and topped with mouth-watering combinations such as beef carpaccio with truffle and raw fish with crunchy parmesan. Delicious. 
Corso Italia, 6, 20122 Milan
02 97376505
As the name of this great little bistro hints, Ostriche e Vino serves a wonderful selection of super fresh oysters which you can sample together with their deliciously potent cocktails. For those of you, however, who are not oyster fans, try the selection of raw or cooked fish and tempting seafood dishes. When you call to reserve a table, make sure you pre-order Ostriche e Vino's amazing lobster pasta (linguini all'astice) or you will be sorely disappointed. Ostriche e Vino also has another bistro in Via Cirillo, 14 (02 39562285), but we haven't tried it yet. 
Viale Col di Lana, 5 Milan
02 58100259
Bim bum brunch is a great Sunday initiative thought up by F&deGroup (restaurant service) which for the last few years has organised brunch for families using a formula that combines animation for children with great food.For the last two years Bim Bum Brunch has been held at Teatro Franco Parenti, where every Sunday entertainers look after the kids and entertain them with theatre themed workshops and many more fun activities.  Lunch starts at 12 with kids' face painting, at 12.30 everyone sits down to eat, from 13.00 to 14.30 children play with the entertainers and put on their performances. There are lots of different brunch menus: ones tailored for children that are both delicious and healthy; muffins, omlettes, quiches, croissants, plates of cooked meats, pasta, vegetables and other dishes that vary according to the season for adults. You must book in advance.Adults pay €35 and kids over 4 years old pay €10 each. We recommend it for families who want to spend the day with friends, enjoy brunch in a relaxing manner, while children can play freely in a safe environment.Consult the  website for this month's upcoming events.  
Via Pier Lombardo 14 20135 Milano Teatro Franco Parenti
+39 3667548370
Ratana is a lovely restaurant situated in an Art Deco building that used to belong to the Milan Railways, in the new Porta Nuova Garibaldi district. Surrounded by modern buildings still under construction, Ratana has a warm, inviting interior and it looks out onto a well cared for garden where children play during the day. The cuisine is traditional Lombardy and the menu varies according to the seasons, although it includes homemade pasta, risotto as well as meat and river fish second courses. During the warmer season it is wonderful to eat outside. You should definitely try this restaurant.
Via de Castillia, 28 Milan
02 87128855
This traditional Mediterranean restaurant is a perfect setting for Sunday brunch with friends and/or children. Quattrocento organises theatre workshops and entertainment for little ones, while their parents sample the delicious dishes from the restaurant's kitchen. The children entertainers are qualified professionals who also offer music courses, yoga, dance and story telling.If the weather is good, book in advance as it is wonderful to eat in the garden.
Via Campazzino, 14 20141 Milan
02 89517771


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