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Gusto 17
Styled as an 'organic gelateria' this justifiably popular ice cream parlour in the navigli zone uses traditional recipes and ingredients to create a wealth of flavours, accompanied by genuine Sicilian brioches. With a friendly, welcoming team, this is up for the crown of best in the city.

Address: 17 Via Savona | Telephone: 02 3981 1835 |

Savana Ristorante Eritreo
A boomerang effect of Italy's colonial rule of Ethiopia and Eritrea under Mussolini was a smattering of great ethnic restaurants in the big cities. Savana is one, offering delicious spicy cuisine and OK wine at low prices. Friendly staff encourage you to eat with your hands, African style.

Address: 45 Via Canonica | Telephone: 3664073136 |

Da Cecco
A couple of doors down from the offices of the Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading newspaper, Da Cecco is a traditional restaurant and pizzeria open throughout August with some great lunch offers currently for €10 per head and under. It also opens till 1am. dacecco.com      

Address: 34 Via Solferino | Telephone: 02 655 2141 |

PaninoLab alla Ferramenta
This friendly cafe in the leafy Solari district north of the Navigli is unbeatable for quality and value. The menu offers mainly panini and toasted sandwiches plus salads all made to order using the freshest ingredients. A great spot for lunch with a couple of outside tables for sunny days. 

Address: 8 Via Montevideo | Telephone: 02 2222 0034 |

The kebab always has its place and this Lebanese / Middle Eastern eatery in the città studi area serves it to perfection. With falafels, baba ganoush, chicken, plus side dishes including vegetarian and vegan options, Nun is a great stop for a friendly lunch. 

Address: 36 Via Lazzaro Spallanzani | Telephone: 02 9163 7315 |

Tandem Bistrot
Set right in the historic centre, few eateries in Milan offer such a combination of quality, value and location. Great for burgers and piadine (the flatbread toasted sandwich originally from the Romagna region) the wide ranging menu also includes fish, pasta and salads at rock bottom prices. 

Address: 4 Via Bassano Porrone | Telephone: 02 4554 5711 |

La Balera dell'Ortica
This bizarre bowling alley cum dance hall has a real 1950s atmosphere and makes a great spot for an alternative night out. Off the beaten track (those in the know take the 54 bus in the direction of Lambrate) and with basic food, it's still massively popular with young hipsters.

Address: 78 Via Amadeo | Telephone: 02 7012 8680 |

Mister Panozzo
Proof that the €5 pizza is alive and well, this little outlet is a bit off the beaten track near one of the inner ring roads (Metro: Lima/Piola) but worth the hike for quality, service and value for money.

Address: 8 Via Enrico Nöe | Telephone: 02 2052 0907 |

Halfway along one of Milan's most popular shopping streets, this recent arrival offers really flavoursome pizzas for just a few euros. Great for the kids, the friendly service and day-glo graffiti décor complete the ambience. 

Address: 34 Via Torino | Telephone: 02 8645 3482 |

La Prosciutteria
This atmospheric sandwich bar has a menu built around salame, prosciutto cotto, prosciutto crudo, speck, coppa and other delicious cooked and cured meats, the staples of Milanese gastronomy. It's never that busy despite the trendy Brera location, and stays open until 1am.

Address: 55 Corso Garibaldi | Telephone: 02 89010390 |

GB Bar
This little bar provides what often seems elusive in Milan: top quality budget food right in the city centre. It offers brisk service and a big choice of tasty sandwiches, currently €5 a throw. Pretend you're a local and order a panino. Panini is the plural.    

Address: 3 Via Hoepli | Telephone: 02 863446 |

Circolo Arci Bellezza
This restaurant and club is run by ARCI, Italy's largest cultural organisation, and attracts workers, students and hip(py) thirtysomethings. You have to join ARCI which currently costs €13 but membership lasts a year, the food is great and once inside the prices are incredibly low. An alternative escape from the fashion crowd.  

Address: 16 Via Bellezza | Telephone: 02 58319492 |

Affordable Restaurants

Caffè degli Artisti
Sesto San Giovanni is Milan's sister city, an old industrial and residential and now increasingly vibrant zone easily reached by the red number 1 metro line. This popular restaurant and pizzeria is set in the historic Villa Zorn and offers a select range of pizzas and more, with garden dining in spring, summer and autumn. caffedegliartisti.it

Address: 113 Via Cesare da Sesto, Sesto San Giovanni | Telephone: 02 22470482 |

Erba Brusca
With a modern menu of the freshest ingredients and a great wine list, this popular restaurant has something for everyone including vegans. Open in the heat of August when many eateries close, it's well worth the slight hike out of town to this garden oasis.  

Address: 286 Alzaia Naviglio Grande | Telephone: 02 8738 0711 |

Trattoria La Madonnina
Named after the golden statue on the top spire of the Duomo, this historic trattoria offers big plates of local Milanese fare with a strong emphasis on traditional meat dishes plus a range of wines all from a hand written menu. Friendly atmosphere and good value.  

Address: 6 Via Gentilino | Telephone: 02 8940 9089 |

Da Ilia
This long established Tuscan restaurant is still run by Ilia Mungai, a descendent of one of the oldest families of Milan restaurateurs. Great homemade pasta, meat and fish dishes; leave room for Ilia's amazing fruit and ice cream cake.  

Address: 1 Via Lecco | Telephone: 02 2952 1895 |

El Brellin
Milan today may be predominantly modern and grey but El Brellin takes you on an atmospheric trip back in time. This cosy canalside trattoria with its beamed ceiling serves traditional regional cuisine including the delicate saffron-yellow risotto alla milanese. brellin.com.

Address: 14 Alzaia Naviglio Grande | Telephone: 02 5810 1351 |

Giulio Pane e Ojo
Round the corner from Milan's ancient roman gateway, Porta Romana, Giulio serves typical Roman fare including the popular veal saltimbocca alla romana and chicken pollo alla cacciatora. Big portions and a friendly setting with beamed ceilings. giuliopaneojo.com

Address: 10 Via Ludovico Muratori | Telephone: 02 545 6189 |

Good Quality Restaurants

La Pobbia 1850
This ancient eatery offers a range of signature Milanese dishes including risotto alla milanese and ossobuco (knuckle of veal) as well as mediterranean meat and seafood specialities. There's a roaring fire indoors but September in Milan is warm enough for sitting in the garden. lapobbia.com

Address: 92 Via Gallarate | Telephone: 02 3800 6641 |

With a prime location near the top of the Rinascente department store overlooking the cathedral spires, Maio offers quality fare to central Milan shoppers. The menu is a mix of traditional Italian and fusion choices. Dine inside or out on the terrace. Not cheap but worth it for the service.

Address: 1 Via Santa Radegonda / 2 Via San Raffaele | Telephone: 02 885 2455 |

This Michelin Guide emporium has some of the best views in the city and brings the majestic cathedral up close. Miniature portions of fine Italian and Mediterranean cuisine are served swiftly and prices are fair for one of the most expensive piazzas in Europe.

Address: 3rd Floor, Mercato del Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II | Telephone: 02 878400 |

Da Vic - Ristorante Guerrini
Fresh ingredients combine in a menu of traditional and Mediterranean dishes with a good choice of pasta, meat and salads. It's not overly expensive, with English speaking staff, a romantic vibe and complimentary prosecco. Not surprisingly it's popular so book in advance.  

Address: 21 Via Previati | Telephone: 02 43515186 |

Fine Dining Restaurants

Set in a building dating from 1696, this ancient eatery combines Milanese cuisine with impeccable furnishings and service. Feast on the traditional saffron yellow risotto alla milanese and ossobuco (knuckle of veal), and for the adventurous there's a risotto with frogs. The name means 'hole' in the now rarely heard Milanese dialect. boeucc.it

Address: 2 Piazza Belgioioso | Telephone: 02 7602 0224 |

Felix Lo Basso
Situated on the fifth floor of the Townhouse Hotel Duomo in the world's most famous shopping mall, the 19th century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Felice Lo Basso's rooftop emporium has just been awarded a Michelin star and offers the finest in modern Italian cuisine and service. A great place to say you've been. felixlobassorestaurant.it

Address: 21 Piazza Duomo, 5th floor | Telephone: 02 49528914 |

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