Osteria del Pallone
Italian football fanatics might already know that ‘pallone’ means football, and there are plenty of bars in Milan to discuss the sport. Owned by ex-national football player Mario Faraci, it screens all the big international and European league games. rnrnIt’s also a mini football hall of fame, not least for Mario himself, whose silverware and framed press cuttings are proudly displayed on the walls of this traditional tavern. National football memorabilia include sentimental artworks of historic games such as Italy’s winning goal in the 1982 Spanish World Cup. rnrnFootballing heroes are said to hang out here, including AC Milan father and son Cesare and Paolo Maldini, and with unusual impartiality, Inter players also throng here in equal measure. Service for its pub grub and British and Irish beers is likely to be molto tranquillo during the game, especially when Mario’s team Juventus are playing.