Where to go if you happen to be in Milan and suddenly wish to savour the authentic risotto alla Milanese in the city? Here's our guide of the go-to destinations in Milan to help you choose the perfect destination to satisfy your taste whims.

A map of these venues follows

Milanese cuisine is not particularly varied and consists of hearty dishes, originally designed for labourers, often forced to work outdoors. However, saffron-infused risotto alla Milanese is delicate and elegant, and also rich and intense.

Trattoria Masuelli

The most classic version of safron rice, accompanied by ossobuco, is considered a one-dish meal and can be eaten at Trattoria Masuelli, in Viale Umbria, an institution in the city, immersed in an old-world atmosphere, with pure white tablecloths and 1930s chandeliers.

Risotto alla Milanese at Trattoria Masutelli
Risotto alla Milanese at Trattoria Masutelli

Address: Viale Umbria, 80

Public Transport: M3 (yellow line) Porta Romana


Though faithful to tradition, Ratanà, a restaurant located under the skyscrapers in Porta Nuova, offers more delicate dishes, in an ambience of industrial inspiration.

Risotto alla Milanese, at Ratanà
Risotto alla Milanese, at Ratanà

Address: Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28
Public Transport: M2 (green line) Gioia

Antica Trattoria della Pesa

Besides offering a traditional version of risotto alla Milanese, Antica Trattoria della Pesa is a must-visit destination for connoisseurs of ‘cotoletta alla milanese’, made from an inch-thick bone-in veal chop, coated with breadcrumbs and fried in butter. Located just a short distance from Corso Como, the restaurant is one of Milan’s most authentic trattorias, where you can indulge in one of the largest, most classic and filling versions.

Risotto alla Milanese by Antica Trattoria della Pesa
Risotto alla Milanese by Antica Trattoria della Pesa

Address: Viale Pasubio, 10
Public Transport: M2 (green line) – M5 (purple line) Porta Garibaldi F.S