Personally recommended restaurants in Milan

Luxury luminaries select their favourite eateries in the fashion capital

The delicious food at U Barba is cooked on the spot for its guests
The delicious food at U Barba is cooked on the spot for its guests | Image: Marco Bello

Shoe designer Christian Louboutin “The last meal that truly impressed me was pasta with truffles at Da Palmiro in Parabiago, near my shoe factory. Just the smell of truffles as you entered the place… I could have fainted. The restaurant specialises in two things: pasta and seafood. It was the beginning of truffle season and the food was phenomenal.” Da Palmiro, Via del Riale 16, 20015 Parabiago (+3903-3155 2024; ristorantedapalmiro.it).

Da Palmiro is recommended for its seafood
Da Palmiro is recommended for its seafood

Interior designer Marcel Wanders “Alice, the Michelin-star restaurant inside the Eataly store, is great for dinner. All the dishes are beautifully arranged, like complex plates of art: colourful, minimal and sweet. Take the bella con l’anima: crispy sweetbreads with beetroot ice cream, beetroot ‘earth’ and yoghurt – the name alone is pure poetry.” Alice, 10 Piazza XXV Aprile, 20121 Milan (+3902-4949 7340; aliceristorante.it).

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Zegna artistic director Alessandro Sartori “U Barba serves only Ligurian food and has its own pétanque court. It’s a lovely place for a game and a leisurely Sunday lunch – it’s very private with wonderful seafood and pasta, all cooked on the spot.” U Barba, Via Pier Candido Decembrio 33, 20137 Milan (+3902-4548 7032; ubarba.it).

Sweetbreads, beetroot ice cream and yoghurt feature in bella con l’anima at Alice restaurant
Sweetbreads, beetroot ice cream and yoghurt feature in bella con l’anima at Alice restaurant | Image: Brambilla Serrani

Accessories designer Paula Cademartori “Bàcaro del Sambuco is my favourite restaurant in Milan. It’s only open for lunch, but it is a proper lunch – the food is unbelievable. It serves contemporary Italian dishes full of flavour, like a polenta and gorgonzola amuse bouche when you arrive, then tortelli di zucca – pumpkin pasta. The tiramisu is so good I could never eat it anywhere else again – the layers are very thin. There’s a winter garden with lots of flowers, and heaters so you can eat outside, with just a few tables indoors. It really feels like home.” Bacaro del Sambuco, 13 Via Monte Napoleone, 20121 Milan (+3902-7639 4832; ilsambuco.it).

La Vecchia Latteria specialises in vegetarian food. Clockwise from top left: asparagus pie with provola cheese; aubergine balls; aubergine rolls Parmigiana-style; and spelt salad with mangetout peas, broad beans and artichokes
La Vecchia Latteria specialises in vegetarian food. Clockwise from top left: asparagus pie with provola cheese; aubergine balls; aubergine rolls Parmigiana-style; and spelt salad with mangetout peas, broad beans and artichokes | Image: Matteo Motta – matmot.eu

Gallerist and curator Rossana Orlandi “Corey’s Soul Chicken is a little store owned by a handsome guy named Corey who was a model for Valentino in the 1980s. It makes the most excellent fried chicken and potato salad.” Corey’s Soul Chicken, Via Paolo Sarpi 53, 20154 Milan (+3902-8421 2963).

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Womenswear designer Alessandra Rich “La Vecchia Latteria near the Duomo is a tiny vegetarian place with only a few tables, and it’s usually only open for lunch. Everything is so delicious, like a perfect pasta with ricotta and spinach. It’s really quite plain, but this is exactly what I love about it.” La Vecchia Latteria, Via dell’Unione 6, 20122 Milan (+3902-874 401).

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