Though seemingly a metropolis, Milan is actually a small city that offers rustic country dining experiences. Though it might involve travelling a few kilometres, it’s well worth your while to see what lies on the outskirts of the city. Italy’s capital of fashion and design also boasts a peasant tradition linked to the presence of countless waterways and flat, fertile land. The Milanese countryside is within easy reach: here, old restructured farmhouses offer great food and entertainment. You don’t have to take a train to find yourself in bucolic surroundings. Just grab a cab or, should the mood so move you, even a bicycle which, however, I don’t recommend because arriving hot and sweaty at a stellar restaurant might cause the waiter welcoming you at the entrance to turn down his nose.

Erba Brusca is an orchard-cum-restaurant where the multi-ethnic chef works his magic with offerings including peasant soups and Mediterranean couscous dishes (Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, 286. Chez Innocenti Evasioni you can savour a topnotch prevalently fish-based menu in a beautiful garden (via della Bindellina, 1. Formerly the guest house of a convent, at Quattrocento rural meets design. Expect Mediterranean cuisine featuring creative, contemporary flavours (via Campazzino, 4. Featuring a fusion of oriental and Vietnamese cuisine, Shambala offers an exotic atmosphere and a Zen-style garden (via Ripamonti, 337. For a taste of old-world Milan, head to Antica Osteria al Ronchettino and take a seat in its peaceful garden. Signature dishes include traditional northern Italian fare, from risotto to gnocco fritto (via Basso, 9. Located in a building at San Siro’s Hippodrome Fiorenza boasts a slightly retro ambience and is a great choice for a romantic, candlelit dinner. Standouts include top-class fish dishes (piazzale dello Sport, 20.

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Federica Raggio

I am a gardener and blogger. Milan is my city and I enjoy exploring its nooks and crannies to bring you the best that it has to offer. I usually travel around by bike to bring you the best that the city has to offer including the fabulous hideaways listed in every local’s secret address book.
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