Where to enjoy faboulous meals and exclusive venues in Milan
If you look for fine and unique restaurants in Milan and thereabouts, maybe following this list will be useful to sort out where to dine next. Here are six places to try to broaden the palate.
1. Lù bar of Via Palestro
Lùbar belongs to the Bonaccorsi's siblings, who developed a catering and itinerant Sicilian street food project in Italy, until they stabilised a cafe in Milan Central Station, serving the traditional arancini. The Bonaccorsi siblings are from Sicilian backgrounds and their bistro and restaurant are in the exclusive Villa Reale of Via Palestro, just close to the GAM, the Milan Modern Art Gallery. The furniture is gently sophisticated and gives the venue a sense of harmony, while giant windows help the natural light nourish the numerous green plants and palms that cover almost every angle. At first sight, it looks like entering a modern greenhouse and then being overwhelmed by its delicate beauty. The bar counter is highlighted by a blue neon light writing and boosted by the metal-coloured clean lines with a hint of geometrical pattern. Inside, a marble monument with the human bodies engraved on its surface is the frame to the classy sofa for which everyone struggles to sit on.
The atmosphere is also made playful by strings of lights, especially during Winter and Christmas time. Flowery design compositions change according to the different seasons! You just must sit down around the pastel tables and make your order (couscous, purees and salads are so tasty!). Do not forget that you can read the menus online as well.
Lùbar of Via Palestro is open from 8 to 24 every day.
This is a flower shop, that along with selling beautiful and special bouquets and floral compositions, is also a small and praised elegant bistro with a large impact in the city. This is proven by the fact Fioraio Bianchi has become the official catering supplier of Teatro Manzoni, one of the most famous Milanese theatres, as well as a culinary benchmark within the community. The venue resembles a Parisienne café with the retro-inspired furniture and elegant décor and this has turned out in a suitable choice for a place located in the most artistic and multifaceted neighbourhood. The petite rooms present neat and intimate tables, walls detailed with scruffy-like trendy effects and a floor of patchworked hexagons. How cool is having a break surrounded by a variety of colored flora? We had just a couple of quick teas to warm us up during a cold morning, but we can't wait to come back for some lunch or dinner. I was just mesmerised by those white fluffy canes, looking like precious plumes that now this place have become one of my favourites in Milan. The location is organized to host hip happy hours and customised events.
Fioraio Bianchi is open Monday to Saturday from 8 to 24 and is in Via Montebello 7, Milan.
In the wake of flower-restaurateur shops,Bistro Figli dei Fiori is another characteristic venue, this time in the town of Como. As a successful business offering floral design for any kind of events, the management has decided to widen their vision of food and design experiences too. Visiting the website, one ranges from the online flower shop and the design service to book a table in the tavern or the bistro. Depending on your tastes and needs, Figli dei Fiori provides a refined and contemporary menu in the bistro. We had lunch at the bistro, enjoying our vegetarian dishes on a simple and well-set table consisting in a wooden surface and a paper mat with a blue inked printed flower matching the napkin and the water glass. The ambience is small but luminous at the same time, with a glass door with a view on a medium courtyard while cascades of shrubs, foliage, cactuses, libraries and radio are the elements of décor. The space is enriched with a black elegant kitchen spreading good vibes from the lighting and books sets.
Figli dei Fiori is open Monday to Sunday and is in Via Borgovico 34, Como.
In an explosion of info and images, what stands out in this family-run café are the adornments of the dining room's tables. Indeed, small white houses with a light inside are placed on every surface, alternated with green small plants and thus, when dinner time comes, all the sparkling consequently produced gives the venue a romantic allure and it looks like being in a Christmassy village. Music and exquisite cuisine add a special charm to Biancolatte food experience. Also, the place is famous for the rich sweet and gelato varieties and their distinctive breakfasts, consisting of biscuits and home-made cakes and bread. The daily craft production assures the best quality in the bakery area of Biancolatte and it is possible to buy some gifts or accessorises from the shop too. The place is open Monday to Sunday and is in Via Turati 30, Milan.
This luxury location in Milan is a former sawmill converted to an exclusive restaurant. The project was born by the encounter among the owner Tanja and two chefs, one of which is the famous Carlo Cracco. The trio completely reinvented the venue by adding exclusive furniture: long tables, fine porcelains, crystal chandeliers, refined plates and flowers in vases here and there. The building is divided into a cocktail bar and an elegant courtyard too and is the perfect example of a successful renovation of industrial architecture. The design is one of the key-points of Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, as well for the exquisite dishes and recipes it delivers. The menu includes food from the traditions, like the featured pigeon to the new modern cuisine trends spiced up with an advanced creative verve. You can choose among four seasonal menus, always made with selected ingredients. The bar is a sumptuous gem of design and flair and serves the customers in an innovative approach by recommending revisited cocktails.
The venue is particularly suitable for events, photo-shootings, weddings, parties, exhibitions and other shows. This is a must to discover!
Carlo e Camilla in Segheria is open for dinner every lunch on Sunday for lunch. You will find it in Via G.Meda 24, Milan.
This is the restaurant located at the sixth floor of Fondazione Prada, the Contemporary Art Foundation owned by fashion designer Miuccia Prada. The interior is adorned with contemporary works of art and luxurious design elements signed by the most recognised artists in the world. The best part I liked when I was having my dinner was the wall in front of me filled with artist plates designed by John Baldessari, Mariko Mori, John Wesley and Francesco Vezzoli to mention a few. The bar counter is truly the icing on the cake: the perfectly illuminated bottle rack presents a huge variety of liquors and spirits that are also visible from the terrace outside through the wide windows. The external space is triangular and can seat twenty customers. From the characteristic porphyry paving and metal grills, it ]is possible to have a terrific view of the entire city of Milan. Excellent food is served here of course, which is rigorously Italian and connected to the best regional traditions.
Restaurant Torre is in Via Lorenzini, 14 Milan and it opens from Monday to Sundays, except Tuesdays.