The northern part of Italy known as Lombardy has its cuisine mostly consisting of the regions most famous produce, which is cheese. Of the varieties in the dishes, includes the Grana Padano, Gorgonzola, Crescenza and Mascaporne. The Milan region has its own type of rice, which is used mostly as a base for most of its risottos. This Milanese cuisine had started to fall due to neglect but has now been seen to be picking up as a favorite with most people in the northern parts of Italy.
Milanese restaurants normally serve lunch between 1 to 3 PM. In the business district, you will mostly find many fast food restaurants where most of the people are on the run and instead of taking time to sit for a meal they simply grab a snack and take off. However, those who have the time to sit down for a decent meal will find a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.
The midday meals in Milan usually start with a local cocktail Negroni Sbagliato which is made with Spumante Brut, Sweet Vermouth bedecked with an orange slice. After this, follows a vegetable or cold meat starter then a first course of risotto, followed by vegetables with meat and finally desert and coffee. Dinners are served a bit late at around 9pm and are usually light.
All the restaurants in the business district are quite expensive considering Milan as an important business center. On the average the meals cost about 25 Euros. The prices are faintly lesser in the pizzerias. To have a cheap meal in Milan you will have to join the youthful Milanese crowds as they storm the local pubs for Aperitivo every night, which is a happy hour normally between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. With the price of between 5 to 8 Euros, you will be able to enjoy a drink and an open buffet consisting of a large food variety. You will find many of these places near Porta Ticinese, Porta Romana and Navigli.
Cracco-Peck is a famous Italian restaurant that you would want to visit if you want to experience the best that the Milanese cuisine has to offer. Their menu includes saffron risotto, tasty tiramisu and breaded veal cullet. Other restaurants include Da Abele offering colorful seasonal risottos, La Libera offering veal in mustard or pasta and fish sauce, Derby Grill features a large variety of local specialties.