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At this old re­con­verted in­dus­trial ware­house, in the heart of the Tor­tona district, na­ture lovers, dis­cern­ing food­ies and those in search of re­lax­ation will find a spa­cious ter­race re­sem­bling a green house, a charm­ing gar­den sur­rounded by mag­nif­i­cent plants such as wis­te­ria, cherry blos­soms and roses and an open-plan kitchen that turns out fresh bread, desserts and time­honoured dishes. Not just a restau­rant, Al­fresco also serves as an ex­hi­bi­tion space and a hub of cre­ativ­ity, where the pub­lic can share their pas­sion for both culi­nary and artis­tic de­lights. A real meet­ing place, Al­fresco's tan­ta­liz­ing cui­sine fo­cuses on nat­u­ral, fresh, or­ganic flavours. Open Sat and Sun 12.30am-3.30pm/7.30pm12.30pm; Tues-Fri 7.30pm-12.30pm. €€€.­fres­comi­ Via Savona, 50. T: 02 49533630. M2 Porta Gen­ova FS. Map D6

Cantina Piemon­tese

A top-level “trat­to­ria” with a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere sit­u­ated in a beau­ti­ful cor­ner of Mi­lan just a short dis­tance from the Duomo. Orig­i­nally a win­ery with a pres­ti­gious tra­di­tion, this charm­ing bistrot fur­nished in 1930s style of­fers din­ers a choice of clas­sic re­gional cui­sine from all over Italy. Cer­ti­fied by the Ital­ian as­so­ci­a­tion for celiac dis­ease. Closed on Sun. €€. www.cantina-piemon­ Via Laghetto, 2. T: 02 784618. M1-M3 Duomo. Map G5


From morn­ing pas­tries to full Ital­ian din­ners, here you'll find in­spired dishes with lo­cal, fresh in­gre­di­ents and sa­vor tasty menus of Lom­bardy, Pied­mont and Veneto cui­sine. The bar wall ef­fort­lessly tran­si­tions through­out the day to ac­com­mo­date morn­ing cap­puc­ci­nos to evening cock­tails. Open 8.30am-1am. €€. www3.hil­ Via L. Gal­vani, 12. : 02 69833073. M2-M3 Cen­trale. Map G1

Don Lisander

For more than sixty years, a fash­ion­able restau­rant sit­u­ated right in the heart of Mi­lan, just a short dis­tance from the Teatro alla Scala. An el­e­gant at­mos­phere and im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. The menu fea­tures tra­di­tional Lom­bardy and re­gional Ital­ian cui­sine. The spe­cial­ity of the house is risotto. For dessert, also try the ch­est­nut semifreddo with per­sim­mon sauce. €€€. www.ris­torante­donlisander. it. Via A.Man­zoni, 12/A. T: 02 76020130. M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map F4


Sit­u­ated half­way be­tween the Duomo and La Scala, Gal­le­ria of­fers el­e­gant inside and out­side din­ing, the per­fect place to en­joy Ital­ian style hos­pi­tal­ity, from a sim­ple espresso to the cui­sine or mouth wa­ter­ing. Es­tab­lished as a mid twen­ti­eth cen­tury café, to­day Gal­le­ria is also a stylish restau­rant and pizze­ria fea­tur­ing a tra­di­tional wood-fired pizza oven. Open 365 days a year from 8am to 1am. Live mu­sic af­ter 7. €€. www.ris­toran­te­gal­le­ Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II, 75. T: 02 86464912. M1-M3 Duomo. Map G4

Leonardo Bistrot-Leonardo Ho­tel Mi­lan City Cen­ter

Its re­gional Lom­bardy cui­sine, created by chef Alessan­dro Tam­bor­rino, is based on a care­ful se­lec­tion of prod­ucts, with no fuss or frills. An in­ter­est­ing de­tail: along­side the tra­di­tional menu, the restau­rant of­fers its cus­tomers also a to­tally gluten-free menu that en­hances all the flavours of high-qual­ity re­gional cook­ing. €€. www.leonar­do­ho­ Closed on Satur­day. Via Messina, 10. T: 02 31817402. Map D1

Mieru Mieru

All the warmth of a typ­i­cal Puglia wel­come awaits you in Mi­lan's Navigli district. A sort of ‘pro­tected culi­nary area' where, thanks to the hos­pi­tal­ity of­fered by it own­ers (restau­ra­teurs for gen­er­a­tions), din­ers will feel com­pletely at home. The restau­rant of­fers a menu in­fused with the ‘aro­mas of the sea and the land', sourc­ing what they have to of­fer on a daily ba­sis. An ideal lo­ca­tion for those who love fresh flavours in a warm, wel­com­ing at­mos­phere. Those wish­ing to en­joy the ‘scent of the sea' and a taste of Puglia be­fore din­ner can do so while sam­pling a glass of good wine ac­com­pa­nied by a tan­ta­liz­ing as­sort­ment of seafood snacks. Open Tues-Sat 7pm-mid­night, Sun 12.30pm-3.30pm. Reser­va­tion for lunch. €€. www.mieru­ Via Magolfa, 14. M2 Porta Gen­ova FS. Map E7

Ol­tremare–Bos­colo Mi­lano

Lo­cated inside the Bos­colo Mi­lano Ho­tel, just a few steps from the Duomo, the Ol­tremare restau­rant ex­presses an in­no­va­tive con­cept of con­tem­po­rary lux­ury. Dec­o­rated with eclec­tic art­works, its dé­cor, though supremely el­e­gant, is also some­what un­con­ven­tional, as is its cui­sine. Its so­phis­ti­cated culi­nary phi­los­o­phy is ex­pressed through ar­ti­san dishes, cooked with only the fresh­est or­ganic in­gre­di­ents that high­light their

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