Antica Trattoria della Pesa
For tipico Milanese food, locals and tourists pile into the historic Antica Trattoria della Pesa, unchanged and consistently one of the best restaurants in Milan since opening in 1880.
It takes its name from the now-disused weighbridge (pesa) on its doorstep, where merchants’ goods would be weighed on entering or leaving the city (when indeed this was the edge of the city).
Departing diners will be thankful that the scales cannot gauge their extra weight. Bestsellers include ossobucco, risotto alla milanese and costaletta (here spelled the traditional way, not the apparently wrong way, cotaletta).
At Christmas time, panettone from Gattullo (see Snack) comes smothered in zabaione. And every time regulars Giorgio Armani and Carla Sozzani come for dinner, they take the risotto al salto (traditional Milanese risotto that’s pan-fried and crispy, and not so easy to find). Don’t be tempted by non-traditional dishes like curry – plump for the classics.