If you want to uncover the Milanese culture, one way to do it is through the culinary experience, and as a local. Take interest in trying the local Milanese food in Milan and do not fall for the charade of eating randomly. One of the best places you can experience homemade unrefined Milanese dishes in Milan is at Trattorias.
Trattorias are often owned by Italian families who cherish the tradition of homemade meals. If you pay attention you will find a lot of these trattorias packed with locals and Italian families during lunch and dinner time. This is a good sign you are in the right place.
FAMOUS MILANESE FOOD IN MILAN IS RISOTTO ALLA MILANESE
Risotto alla Milanese is made from a plain special kind of rice and coloured to yellow with “zafferano”, a special kind of spice typical of Marche, Abruzzo, and Sardegna. It is cooked in meat broth with other ingredients till very soft and marshy.
A ‘traditional Easter egg’ in Milan. Panettone can be found all year round at most pastry shops and supermarkets in Milan. It is customary to eat them during special times of the year like Easter, Christmas and new year. I recommend you enjoy a slice of sweetly flavoured panettone with coffee, warm milk or as dessert.
Often called the main Milanese dish. A boneless turkey deep-fried in coated breadcrumbs is almost what the Cotoletta is all about. I have seen many Italian cooking sites describe the cooking difficult as low, but the first few times I tried it, I created a very big mess. As simple as it may look, the crunchiness and the deliciousness you uncover as you bite it will leave you craving for more. Italians call it Orecchia di Elefante meaning Elephant ears.
Even though I am not a big fan of meat, but any dish that has the Ossobuco in it is what I can never resist. I have tried it with Polenta. I recommend the risotto with Ossobuco (risotto con Ossobuco). You can also have it with vegetables.
Prepared with different parts of pork meat with cabbage and vegetables, it is very typical in the countryside. Many refer to the meal as poor because the leftovers of the pork are used. You should enjoy this meal with a fine bottle of Italian wine.
This is a beef stew that is slowly cooked over low fire. It is very tasty and has a strong beefy aroma. You can also combine it with potatoes and peas.
POLENTA WITH GORGONZOLA
Polenta is a cornmeal and gorgonzola is a type of cheese. The dish is plain and very filling. If you do not like really plain dishes like me, you can have a side (fish or beef) along with it.
Zuppa Inglese translated “English soup” is ironically not a soup but a dessert similar to tiramisu. It is made up of a combination of custard, sponge cake, and toppings. Though it did not traditionally originate from Milan, it has become one of the favourite desserts you can easily find in Milan.
PIZZOCCHERI CON VERDURE MISTE
Pizzoccheri, a very rich dish made with a mix of different vegetables is a type of pasta typical of the Lombardy region. You can find some really good trattorias to enjoy the homemade tasty version.
RISOTTO CON LUGANEGA
If you find yourself in Milan during the cold winter days, Risotto con Luganega is a good choice to keep you warm. Risotto con Luganega is the same as Risotto alla Monzese. I recommend complementing it with a glass of red wine.
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