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It may seem paradoxical to many, but the Milan fish market is among the most important in Italy and perhaps the most modern in all of Europe. It stands out for its quantity, quality and freshness of its products from all over the world. In the city, there are many excellent seafood bistros, and it’s a fun game for seafood lovers try to discover them all, offering experiences that should not be missed.
And since there is never a lack of creativity on the streets of Milan, you should know that the places that we suggest are just a forge of seafood excellence that barely scratch the surface, offering innovative dishes and concepts that are ready to captivate your sight and palette.
Here is where to go and what to eat on a tasty journey through traditions and experimental twists, hinting towards the feeling of a holiday spent on a sandy beach.
Via Lecco, 4
Barmare L’Altro is the rebellious and pop younger brother of Barmare di Porta Romana. The new place to be in Porta Venezia has recently opened its doors to boldly declare its intentions: to lead patrons on a journey to the most authentic Mediterranean cuisine. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed, while still emphasizing the governing principles of the Barmare dynasty: the care of raw materials and sustainability. The recipes are a blend of delicacies, yet the fish is the king of the menu. The seafood arrives fresh every morning and the dishes are designed to be shared. And like any respectable sovereign, the fish has a faithful companion at his side: fresh pasta. The pasta, as the queen of the house, is rolled out daily by chef Marco Sabbioni, who executes his culinary mastery armed with his rolling pin and expert advice handed down from his grandmother. Perfect for aperitifs with appetizers, good wine and bartender’s cocktail, lunches, dinners or even late night munchies, the kitchen is always serving it up from afternoon to late evening.
Via Montebello, 7
As an “international port” of gastronomy where the history of the city intersects with modernity, Fishbar de Milan can be found in the heart of the Brera district. Prior to the opening of Fishbar de Milan, up until the 1930s, was the small San Marco Lake, an ancient mooring and storage point for boats that sailed along the Navigli, merely a destination where departure was its primary function. Now, you can run to try their new summer menu that boasts a triumph of gourmet seafood specialties. If you are fond of raw fish, you can find your happy place among oysters, ceviche and tartare at Montebello 7, as well as the linguine with clams, which is always a must, and the Lobster Roll, the king of the dishes, prepared with fresh American lobster from Maine. Ready to embark on a journey through homemade flavors and exotic specialties?
A’ Riccione Bistrot
Via Procaccini, 28
Since 2008. Here is A ‘Riccione, the Milanese fish bistro headed by the brothers Giuseppe and Dante di Paolo. Crossing the threshold, to welcome you is the elegant atmosphere, while to meet your expectations once at the table the chefs think with their dishes: appetizers, first and second courses are sophisticated, the recipes cured in the details and the unmissable tastings. The fish counter at the entrance awaits you with a Grand Plateau Royal and a wide selection of oysters and shellfish – among many other things -.
Via Privata Bobbio, 2
Business lunches and fine dining are common happenings at Langosteria Bistrot, where lovers of seafood relish in sophisticated food pairings. Dynamism is the driving force in the kitchen at this restaurant in the heart of Tortona area. The bistro is refined yet welcoming, characterized by a vivacity that is reflected in their colorful dishes and in-house extra virgin olive oil, which is a must-try. On the menu, the King Crab is the undisputed protagonist of Langosteria’s culinary narrative, found inside the enticing fish counter in the dining room, which immediately catches your eye.
Corso Cristoforo Colombo, 11
You come in, you order right at the counter, you choose how the fish will be cooked, you sit at one of the tables in the dining room, and you feast in total relaxation, perhaps sipping a good glass of wine. Pescherie Riunite is a new venture by the Seven Group, a fish market disguised as a bistro ready to serve lunches and dinners at an excellent price. If you are perpetually indecisive, rest assured, you can find a small menu with new offerings every single day, including appetizers, first courses, main courses, and desserts for inspiration.