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Restaurants in Brera/Magenta

Bar Tempio  

Panini made to order...

This central bar was once so unprepossessing that it didn't have a name — but it turned out some of Milan's best panini. Now renovated and with a name, the same artist is still making the sandwiches. This is a lunch-only establishment, and you might have to wait your turn, as panini are made to order from a list (not in English, so bring your phrase book). They feature cured prosciutto di praga, cipolle, and various cheeses (including easily recognizable Brie). — Madeleine Johnson

Cash Only  
Piazza Cavour, 5, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.655.1946
Open Daily


Very oval and very large...

Situated on a Brera district sidestreet, the locale itself has some pleasant modern murals. The unique oval pizza served here is very thin, tasty and large. No reservations are accepted and waiting for a table on the street is common. Also, at times the service is slow. — Daniele Vitale

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Via Marsala, 2, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.2901.5281
Open Daily


It's about €100 a head and up.

This Milan classic combines the skills with a talented local chef (Carlo Cracco) and the city's top gourmet food store (Peck). Within three years of opening, Cracco-Peck boasted two Michelin stars. Specialties include Milanese classics revisited — Cracco's take on saffron risotto and breaded veal cutlet should not be missed. Be sure to save room for the light, steam-cooked tiramisù.The gourmet menu offers good value and relief for the undecided. Reservations essential. Prices are not for the faint of heart. If you must ask, do not enter. Closed for three weeks in January and July. — Madeleine Johnson

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Via Victor Hugo, 4, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.876.774
Open Daily

Don Carlos  

After the opera...

This is the place for dining after La Scala. Open late and nearby in the Grand Hotel et de Milan up the street, it gets good reviews year after year. The cuisine is updated Italian classics and the decoration is theatrical with dramatic memorabilia and sketches. A good spot for romance. A gourmet menu costs €75 or six courses (two-person minimum), excluding wine. Closed in August. — Madeleine Johnson

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Via A. Manzoni, 29, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.723.141
Open Daily

Il Cestino  

Gnocchi ai 4 formaggi.

In the heart of Brera, this is one of those corner places that catches your eye as you stroll through the town. Follow your curious palate. Try the mushroom ravioli with crema di tartufo and the gnocchi ai 4 formaggi. Good spot for business lunches. In the evening, it offers a lovely romantic atmosphere, and traditional Milanese dishes, including risottocotoletta alla Milanese, the city’s traditional breaded veal cultlet. — David R. Deropolous

Via Madonnina, 27, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.8646.0146
Closed Sundays


Vegetarian joy.

Vegetarians get short shrift in Italy except at Joia, where chef Pietro Leemann’s special touch raises vegetarian eating to heights unimaginable to diners used to veggie burgers. Leemann offers dishes in unusual formats: tiny glasses of creamed cabbage with ginger, spheres of crunchy vegetables that roll across the plate. Fish is served. Men do not always go for Joia’s delicate flavors and moderate portions. If you want hearty or more traditional Italian food, go elsewhere. Lunch is good value, but be sure to reserve. Multi-course menus range from €55 to €95, excluding wine. Closed in August. — Madeleine Johnson

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Via Panfilo Castaldi, 18, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.2952.2124
Open Daily

La Baia  

Thin crusts at La Baia.

Among the very best spots serving delicious Milanese (thin crusted) pizza, this hard-to-spot restaurant is run by Sabrina Longhi, dubbed the "Queen of Crisp Pizza" by the Milan daily Corriere della Sera. Offers a superb selection of over 40 pizzas of different shapes and compositions, and a fine choice of salads and other side dishes (including gratinéed vegetables, and prosciutto or cheese fare). Homemade desserts are irresistible. Moderately priced. — Daniele Vitale

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Via Benvenuto Cellini, 3, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.546.2187
Closed Tuesdays

La Bruschetta  

Tagliata or pizza?

Evergreen, this family-run pizzeria near the Duomo serves specialties from Tuscany, though other dishes are also available. The tagliata is good if you need a red-meat fix. In summer, order panzanella, a salad with toasted bread. In winter, there's ribollita a dense soup of vegetables, cabbage and bread. Not a spot to linger in: You can get in and out in time for the movies. — Madeleine Johnson

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Piazza Beccaria ,12, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.869.2494
Closed Sundays

La Milanese  

Old-school Milan.

If you like your veal old-style, with bone, come here. In most of Italy, the costoletta alla Milanese is stripped down to a flat, boneless breaded chicken breast-style dish (mostly called a costoletta. Not here. The bone remains. The bone's taste does as well. Also excellent is the ossobuco (shanks), which is invariably tender. This restaurant gets mixed reviews in some publications, but there's no denying its authenticity. Giuseppe and Antonella Villa run a tight ship — glamour is not their trade — with an loyal, old-Milan clientele. Risotto al Barolo is wine-pungent perfect; risotto alla Milanese (saffron and beef marrow) is also top-of-the-charts. — Angela Della Notte

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Via Santa Marta, 11, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.8645.1991
Closed Tuesdays

Louisiana Bistro  

Once a brothel...

An American-style music bar in the heart of the Brera district that, in its former life, was one of Milan's most "reputable" brothels; photos of madames still adorn the walls. A home away from home for many Americans, the bar is decorated like a New Orleans nightclub. You can play pool in the Bistro or enjoy a steak, burger, salad or cheesecake in the restaurant. Also offers authentic American brunch on Sundays; big screen TV for sports. Reservations advised. — Suzanne Bush

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Via Fiori Chiari, 17, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.8646.5315
Closed Mondays

Paper Moon  

PM is a celebrity hangout.

Handy to the restaurant-scarce Quadrilatero, Paper Moon is a cross between your neighborhood place and a celebrity hangout. Clients include families from this wealthy area, professionals, football players, and television stars. What the menu lacks in originality it makes up for in consistency — reliable pizza and cotoletta. Otherwise it is Tuscan based. Reliable and friendly its 1980s décor with film star pix stills still holds up. Open until 12:30 a.m. — Madeleine Johnson

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Via Bagutta, 1, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.7602.2297
Open Daily


Take in the galleria...

Leave no stone unturned is the motto in food, style, and appearance. Sicilian Giuseppe Gatto moved to Milan decades ago to combine southern opulence with Milan chic. You want lavish old-school luxury, this is it. Period furnishings create sophisticated surroundings that, combined with impeccable service, make for a unique (and outlandishly costly) lunch or evening. Some tables are partitioned off to give diners maximum privacy. House specialties include risotto al salto, a pancake of rice; osso buco and veal cutlet. Ice cream with vanilla from Madasgascar. In the Turin Hotel. — David R. Deropolous

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.7200.3433
Closed Sundays


Trendy as in Tintero.

The ultimate in Milanese trendy, Tintero is practically a who's who of the modern fashion world. The cuisine here is light and mostly fish. Its late 90s chic atmosphere is aimed at diners for whom looking good is a professional requirement. Eros Ramazzotti purportedly swears by the seafood here. The softly-lit bar is a popular favorite for evening aperitivi. Recommended: fritto misto and tuna tartar. Reservations advised. — Aaron Maines

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Via Quintino Sella, 2, Milan, IT-MI Map
Tel. 02.861.418
Closed Sundays

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