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When we talk about the history and tradition of Milan we cannot fail to mention the restaurant Al Mercante. The activity was started in the early ‘900s in the fifteenth-century Palazzo “Casa dei Panigarola” in Piazza dei Mercanti, a medieval square of timeless beauty symbol of Milan. During the ’70s, the restaurant was taken over by Corrado and Margherita Romanini but today, with the headquarters relocated in front of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, its history is carried on by their sons Simona and Claudio with the same values that have always characterized and distinguished their parent’s leadership. Values, tradition and refinement of the location and dishes allowed Al Mercante to obtain in 2010 the prestigious recognition of Bottega Storica di Milano.
Experimentation with selected ingredients and daily research for the best raw materials are the elements on which Al Mercante’s cuisine grounds itself, while translating flavors and scents in a personal and refined gastronomic language thanks to the inspiration of chef Giuseppe Puccia. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, in the romantic and evocative city center is where you breathe art, style and tranquility and it is also the prestigious setting of a restaurant whose historical identity and poetic atmosphere have been maintained during an accurate restyling that its guests have been able to admire since 2018: On the walls you will find three beautiful works by the artist Achille Funi confirming the roots of the Milanese culture of the twentieth century.
Not only art and traditions haven’t changed but also the courtesy and availability of waitstaff, always attentive to the needs of its guests. The renovation works have provided interiors and exteriors with a chic and modern look ideal for business lunches and elegant dinners. For special moments or simply for those who love privacy, there is a small private room that accommodates 10 guests. During the summer the romantic terrace will welcome you away from the chaotic surroundings of the Duomo area.
The gastronomic proposals of Al Mercante vary every day and consist of dishes of sea and land, sophisticated both in their realization and presentation, for a tasting experience that will surprise you. You will no longer have to look for a romantic and refined retreat because you will find it in the heart of Milan, in Via Cesare Cantù, 7.