The Italian city of Milan is among the trendiest places on earth and as such is visited by many people who are crazy about the fine clothing and accessories, but also by those who want to see its landmarks and beauties and by the ones that want to enjoy fine dining in one of the culinary hotspots in the world. If you have already organized your stay in a nice Milan apartment and want to treat yourself with a nice dinner, then check the information provided here. The first thing to remember is that Milan is among the cities that offers traditional Italian cooking and prefers the usage of national ingredients and elements. The cuisine of the Lombardy region, which from the city of Milan is being part of, is based on the most famous local product and this is the cheese in all its varieties. The types to choose from are gorgonzola and mascarpone, grana padano and crescenza, etc. In the area of Milan is also grown own kind of rice, which from is made the famous Italian risotto.
This photo of Brera Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)
The restaurants in Milan are accustomed to serve lunch at the standard Italian time, which normally is between 1 pm and 3 pm. Since Milan is a business city and nobody has time to sit down for a long and relaxing dinner, usually the locals have a quick snack outside. They usually visit the fast food shops, the pizzerias and the numerous paninotecas. Still, there are people who observe the traditions or need a nice place for a business lunch and they are literally spoilt by choice. These people in Milan, who have time for lunch, usually start with an aperitif, which is locally served and it is called Negroni Sbagliato, that being a cocktail with Campari, Spumante Brut and Sweet Vermouth, which is decorated with a slice of orange. Then they go on with a choice of antipasti being a vegetable starter or some cold meat and then they order risotto or meat with vegetables. For a dessert they choose coffee and a dessert. The restaurants in Milan serve the dinner at around 9 o’clock and the meal is usually something light.
Since Milan is among the important business centers in the world, the restaurants in its very center are usually expensive and the average cost for a complete dinner for one person is approximately 25 Euros. In the Milan pizzerias the prices are a bit lower, but not much lower. Cheaper meal is available at the local pubs, which is better than the fast-food options, especially during the happy hour time, which here is called Aperitivo. This means that for a period of three hours in the late afternoon or the early evening, one can get a drink and an open buffet, serving an incredible variety of food. The tourist coming to Milan can find such pubs near the areas of Porta Romana, Navigli and Porta Ticinese.