Restaurants in Milan
Food in workaholic Milan, at lunchtime at least, is more of a necessity than a pleasure, with the city centre dominated by paninoteche and fast-food outlets. Don't despair, however: there are plenty of good-value - and some extremely good - restaurants here, and you can eat as well and as reasonably as in any other part of Italy.
Though many restaurants in the centre of Milan are pricey, expense-account places, there are a few survivors from a time when the city wasn't dominated by the fashion crowd and business execs. Just outside the immediate centre, the Ticinese and Navigli areas are full of restaurants and cafÃƒÂ©s; we've also included a number of options around Stazione Centrale and Piazzale Loreto , since this is the part of town you're most likely to be staying in, as well as a handful of places that are simply worth going a little bit out of your way for.
Amico , Piazza Duomo 5; Piazza Cinque Giornate; Corso Beunos Aires at Piazza Lima. Chain of self-service restaurants that has several branches around the city centre.
Brek , Piazza Cavour; Piazzetta Giordano 1; Via Lepetit 20. Chain of good-value self-service restaurants with an excellent choice of salads and freshly cooked main courses.
Burghy , Piazza Duomo 17; Via Cordusio; Piazza Argentina. Chain of self-service burger joints that's more popular with the Milanese than McDonald's .
Ciao , Duomo Centre, Piazza Duomo; Via Dante, on the corner with Via Meravigli; Corso Europa 12; Corso Buenos Aires 7; Via Fabio Filzi 8. Citywide chain with good, reasonably priced food.
Crota Piemunteisa , Piazza Beccaria 10. Centrally placed bar and paninoteca with a vast array of chunky sandwiches, and wooden tables to eat and drink at. MM Duomo.
Luini , Via S. Radegonda 16, just east of the duomo. You almost have to fight your way through the crowds at lunchtime to get hold of one of their delicious panzerotti (deep fried mini calzone). MM Duomo. Closed Aug.
Panino Giusto , Corso Garibaldi 125, Piazza Beccaria. Popular places that serve a huge selection of sandwiches. A good lunch stop between sights. MM Duomo or MM Porta Romana.
Spontini , Via Spontini 2. One kind of pizza only: tomato, cheese and anchovies on a thick, soft base served in various sized portions; at lunchtime there is lasagna too. Great value. MM Lima or Loreto.
For real low-budget eating, there are street markets every day except Sunday scattered through the city, selling all the cheese, salami and fruit you need for a picnic lunch. A complete list is given daily in the Corriere della Sera under the heading "Mercati". The most central supermarkets are Standa at Via Torino 37 and in Piazza Castello, Esselunga at Viale Piave 38, near Porta Venezia, and the tightly packed Centro Commerciale in the Stazione Centrale (daily 5.30am-midnight).