Being a business destination Milanese people are the hush-and-rush people who prefer having their breakfast/lunch on the go, standing at a bar. Italian dishes (especially the pastas and pizzas) are popular worldwide and Milan like other Italian cities satisfies our tingling taste buds to a major extent. Busy and business rule the roost in Milan and therefore you will find lots of pizzerias and fast food centers that offer dishes at a low cost. But Italian dishes are not all about pizzas as thought by everyone.
Milan does serve up excellent dishes and when tried with its authentic taste can be quite gratifying. Milanese local dish is the Risotto Milanese prepared from rice and saffron which should be experimented with if you are a true blue foodie. Some other local dishes include Cotoletta alla Milanese, stewed marrowbone and osso buco. While this comes under the menu for a lunch or dinner, breakfast for Milanese people is not extravagant. A sandwich and brioche at a local bar before going to office or college can sum it up.
Milanese with their demanding schedules has only the evening time to spend with their families and friends over extensive dinners. This can typically include antipasto followed by a pasta preparation and a salad.
The Region of Lombardy churns out some interesting wines like the red wine from Valtellina and sparkling ones from Oltre Po Pavese. But cellars at restaurants are also stocked with wines from other regions.
While booking a table at a restaurant, its best to make advance reservations as they can be filled quite fast. The standard time for a Milanese dinner is 8.30 – 9.00 pm and before that you will have to set up the table for yourself at the restaurant.
Dress codes do have an impact at restaurants and casual wear like tees, kneds, shorts are not appreciated. Looking good can get you quick and better service.