Milan local Silvia Frau lists the hottest new places in town: newly opened, but definitely worth a visit for a drink or a bite.
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1) e/n enoteca naturale
Have a glass of wine in the courtyard of e/n enoteca naturale and enjoy the beauty of the basilica of Sant’Eustorgio. The place has about 250 types of natural wine, made by small producers who respect the environment and people. The also serve small organic dishes to accompany the wines. The space belongs to Emergency, an independent and neutral association that ensures care for victims of war, and e/n enoteca naturale contributes by providing traineeships to asylum seekers.
2) Lamo Restaurant
Serving the best raw fish cuisine and cocktails in town in a stunning art deco setting created by designer Giò Pagani, is Lamo. They also have a small terrace and offer DJ sets on Friday and Saturday nights. The Mediterranean and fusion dishes are meant to be shared with friends and accompanied by quality cocktails.
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3) Fornello Contadino
From its name, which literally translates to ‘farmer’s stove’, it’s clear that Fornello Contadino is an osteria di campagna or country inn. The tiny room lives up to its name, decorated with wooden furniture that gives it an authentic country feel. You can say the same for the delicious food prepared by chef Donata Rizzo, who previously worked as personal chef to aristocratic families. Her dinner menu includes dishes made in the old Apulian tradition, meaning lots of pasta and vegetables in generous portions. Try the aubergines alla poverella and for dessert, the Pasticciotto cake.
A cross between a bakery and a pizzeria, Crosta (the crunchy part of bread or pizza) combines the art of bread making by Giovanni Mineo (from the school of Davide Longoni) and the skill of Simone Lombardi, long-time pizza maker at Dry (the first gourmet pizzeria in Milan). Here you will find bread with ancient grains and sourdough and classic or contemporary pizzas with very special ingredients. They also do take-away.
A re-opening at the foot of the new City Life sky-scrapers: GUD is the kiosk located amidst the greenery of the Orti Fioriti, a garden with deckchairs and umbrellas where you can relax on summer days (from 12 to 10.30 pm). Enjoy an open-air lunch of long leavened buns stuffed with top-quality ingredients, or try the 'Cirasci Bowl' by Stefano Cerveni, who created an Italian version of the Japanese rice bowl, packed with Mediterranean flavors.
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