Eating in Milano; On a budget

I did a little bit of eating (okay, a LOT a bit of eating) during my stay in Milan. Here is a list of some of the most noteworthy eateries I came across, categorized by neighbourhood that won’t break your bank! I doubt you’ll be disappointed by any of these. Buon Appetito!


1. La Fabbrica

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If you are craving a classic thin crust Italian pizza, La Fabbrica is an excellent option! They also serve a variety of fresh salads and homemade pasta, but their pizza is really what stood out to me. The fresh sausage topping is my top pick!

2. Gambero Rosso

For fresh seafood, Osteria del Gambrel Rosso is the way to go. Try their salmon topped with fennel appetizer, it is to die for!



EATALY is an indoor marketplace where you can find a wide variety of Italian specialties from homemade pasta, to truffle paste, to torrone (nougat with hazelnuts). It’s a great place to find your favourite Italian treats perfectly packaged to bring home with you!


4. Parma & CO.

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Prosciutto and parm is my favourite sandwich combo. These guys know how to make a top notch panino with fresh prosciutto and parmigiano reggiano cheese! Perfect for a much needed lunch break.


5. Antica Osteria Milanese

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We actually ate dinner here twice during our stay. We fell in love with the penne speck, cotoletta alla milanese and the decadent tiramisu! For some odd reason, the restaurant was completely empty for the majority of our stay. I imagine most people are skeptical when they come across an empty restaurant, but I can assure you that the food is ten times better than anything you will find on Via dante (which is a street away and always busy)!


6. Cioccolati italiani

Although I didn’t actually have one myself, I did get a chance to try my sister’s decadent chocolate ice cream cone topped with creamy meringue. If you love chocolate and ice cream, this will be your match made in heaven!

7. Luini Panzerotti

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If you’re looking to grab something quick and different, try a classic tomato and mozzarella panzerotti at Luini Panzerotti. Its essentially a deep fried ball of dough filled with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Definitely not the healthiest option but its worth a taste!


8. El Brellin


For more of a splurge -y option, head over to Brellin in Naviglio Grande. They offer a small variety of classic milanese dishes, which all look delicious! If you are seeking an excellent “risotto alla milanese” (rice made with saffron sauce), this is where you will find it!

I hope this will help you get the most out of your culinary experience in Milan! I’d love to hear what some of your favourite eateries are! x

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