Best budget eats and drinks in Milan
Milan is the biggest industrial city of Italy with many different industrial sectors but also is a magnetic point for designers, artists, photographers and models. Milan has an ancient city center with high and interesting buildings and palazzos, which is why so many people from all over the world want to see the city of glamour. It’s also home of two football clubs – AC Milan and FC Internazionale. So for the football fans with lower budget, a visit here revolves, besides football, around getting cheap eats and drinks.
According to Budget Travel these are best budget eats and drinks in Milan.
Best place to try it: Radetsky, Corso Garibaldi 105
Sipping a pre-dinner drinks is popular with Milan’s trendsetters. Many bars offer a plentiful buffet included in the price of your drink for around 8 euros. You’ll spy tables laden with pizza, pasta, rice salad, roasted veggies, sausage, and cheese. While residents tend to nibble daintily, forge ahead and fill your plate with prime morsels that can substitute for a light dinner.
Eat in a Neighborhood Trattoria
Best place to try it: Il Caminetto, Via Felice Casati 22
Milan’s Northern agricultural traditions have little in common with Southern Italy’s red sauces and olive oil. If you don’t have an Italian Mama, eating in a neighborhood trattoria is the next best thing. These frugal, family-run establishments make everything from scratch, which translates into low prices and home-cooked flavors. You’ll sample rich traditional dishes and receive a warm welcome from owner Clara when you dine at Il Caminetto. The Cotoletta alla Milanese, a breaded bone-in veal cutlet cooked in butter, is crisp and greaseless. Boldly yellow Risotto alla Milanese stars short-grained carnaroli rice cooked with precious saffron threads and enriched with butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Best place to try it: Motta Caffe, Piazza Duomo
In Italy, coffee is not just a beverage, it’s a way of life. Savor a morning cappuccino under the shadow of the freshly restored Gothic Duomo at Motta. Pair it with a fortifying brioche filled with jam or chocolate, perfect for dunking in your foamy beverage. You’ll have a breakfast bargain for a few euros, with the most dazzling view in town.
Best place to try it: Quality Beef, Trattoria Della Carne, Viale Pasubio 8
We’re not suggesting fast food when you’re in the Slow Food capital of the world. Burgers are trendy in Milan and there’s nothing fast about the way this lean and luscious source of protein is eaten. Quality Beef, Trattoria Della Carne turns a simple burger into an elevated dining experience. This bastion of beef serves a dressed-up hamburger with pitch-perfect sides that will satisfy your carnivore cravings without making a big dent in your wallet.
Pack a Picnic
Best place to purchase supplies: Peck, Via Spadari 9
Peck is a Milan institution and a temple of edible treats. Gourmets will go gaga for its three floors of elegantly presented cheese, charcuterie and eye-catching prepared foods. Select regal eats for an al fresco picnic in nearby Parco Sempione.
Best place to try it: La Balena, Via Borsieri 28
Naples is the undisputed king of pizza, but Milan makes a noble effort. At La Balena in the Isola neighborhood, you’ll enjoy a no-nonsense individual pie accompanied by an icy draught beer. If you want a quick slice on the go, try the small chain Princi’s delicate zucchini blossom variety. The pizza isn’t pre-sliced, so you can ask for just the right size to tide you over until the next meal.
Sandwich or Panino
Best place to try it: Panino Giusto, multiple locations
Milan takes it up a notch with photo-worthy sandwiches filled with quality cheeses, meats and salads piled on crusty bread and eaten hot off the press. Give one of Panino Giusto’s outposts a try. One bite and you’ll understand why this small chain is packing them in at lunchtime.
Source: Allison Tibaldi, Budget Travel