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Porta Venezia is certainly one of the neighborhoods that best represents the true essence of Milan. The elegance of the period buildings, the doorways and the imposing facades seem to blend perfectly with the mix of cultures and values that have enriched the area for years. It’s a place where you can give free rein to creativity. Get inspired by visiting art galleries and contemporary or vintage fashion stores. Or get lost in thought by immersing yourself in the greenery of the gardens.
But not only this. Here you also have a varied selection of traditional and international restaurants, regional trattorias, pizzerias, cocktail bars and pastry shops. All you have to do to satisfy your current desire is try the places you find in your explorations.
We are sure that you will be satisfied by the first meal of the day: breakfast. But not one done standing or, even worse, running before going to the office. We’re talking about a breakfast without haste or the dilemma of choosing whether to order a croissant or resist until lunchtime. The good news is that in cases like this it is not necessary to choose. For years now, the brunch trend has spread in Italy, and Milan has equipped itself to cultivate this custom in the best way.
So, if you wake up late and you want something different from the usual smooth coffee, you just have to dive into the streets of Porta Venezia and be inspired by the dining scene. However, allow those who have tried them all to give you some advice. You will not be disappointed.
Here is a selection of our favorite places for brunch in Porta Venezia.
Via Malpighi, 7
If you are a mixology lover, you certainly already know this place, located in one of the most elegant streets of the district. Open from morning to late evening, Eppol is the perfect place to take a break, even on the weekend. Here, in fact, surrounded by exposed brick walls, old style furnishings and elegant marble tables, on Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 to 16.00 you can enjoy brunch by choosing from the different menus that the kitchen offers. You can go French, with the inevitable baguette, croissants and galettes. Maybe vegetarian is more your speed, with yogurt, crumble, seasonal vegetables and cereghino eggs. There’s even an American selection, with the typical pancakes and maple syrup and tasty burgers. All accompanied by tea, coffee or orange juice, as per tradition. And don’t worry, there’s a kid’s menu too. Your little ones can choose between tomato pasta or Milanese cutlet and finish with a dessert. Relaxation is assured.
Viale Premuda, 14
Scrambled, boiled, fried, and poached eggs are the ingredient of brunch par excellence. The creators of L’OV Milano know this very well, actually basing their menu on this rich and nutritious food. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 to 16.00, in the name of the hashtag #welovebrunch, you will be spoiled for choice from the classics of the French petit déjeuner to the typical American pancakes with maple syrup, without sacrificing fresh fruit or toast with jam or Nutella. Eggs, prepared according to your favorite recipe, can be served with bacon, salmon or vegetables. The kids corner will make your children happy too. L’OV Milano brunch also includes water, orange juice and American coffee that you can sip while being pampered by the dining room staff. Do you love brunch so much that you want to share it with all your friends? On the lower floor of the room there is a room reserved for private events.
Via Carlo Tenca, 5
Do you always start the day with your favorite brioche? If so, you can’t help but try them at Gelsomina. In this pastry shop, open from morning to evening, you will feel as though you are perpetually on vacation. The environment is relaxed and the furnishings are gorgeous. It’s not difficult to get overcome by the typical flavors of Southern cuisine that are the stars of this Italian brunch on the weekend. Give yourself a moment of pleasure by savoring cannoli, cassatine, maritozzi and sfogliatelle. There is something for everyone but if you are indecisive, know that their pistachio croissant is legendary! The menu also includes yogurt with cereals or berries, tartlets so beautiful it almost hurts to eat them and, of course, first and second courses that are ideal as you ride out your sweet journey. Everything is prepared with seasonal ingredients and accompanied with the tumminia bread from the Davide Longoni bakery. A unique place that has truly captivated us.
Via Felice Casati, 27
Pavè is a reference point for lovers of breakfast, snacks and aperitifs in the city. At least on the weekend, we try to escape from the rules, so no one will prevent you from trying the entire menu at this place, from sweet to savory. The brioches are stuffed with different creams and demonstrate the great skill of the pastry chefs who churn out their creations every day, always looking for original combinations of fresh ingredients. You will also find pain au chocolat, bundles, braids and much more. Whatever you choose, we recommend ordering a Pavè cappuccino, famously one of the best in Milan. Your desire for savory food will be satisfied by the sandwiches prepared with mother yeast, brioche stuffed with seasonal ingredients, soups, salads, and charcuterie boards. Make sure to try the excellent fresh fruit juices to make your brunch truly complete.
Viale Piave, 42
The Sheraton is a reference point for Milan, one of the symbolic places of the city’s history for over a century. It is always evolving and keeping in step with the times, and it shows with the brunch, which has now become a must on Saturday and Sunday. Whether you are in the sumptuous internal lounge or in the fairytale garden, here you will find a rich buffet ranging from classics such as eggs, pancakes, club sandwiches, to meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. International dishes such as steamed dumplings and noodles are also interesting. As per tradition, there are juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee. This is a place of note to spend a few hours of relaxation in the company of loved ones.
Corso Concordia, 11
Pandenus is a project born out of love for bread (the name derives from a Milanese saying) which has grown to boast six locations in the strategic points of the city. Brunch is serious here. Each menu includes jam, butter, Nutella and bread plus a drink of your choice. Furthermore, the courses are varied. Choose your pick from beef or vegetarian burgers, eggs benedict or scrambled, salmon, bacon and stuffed omelettes. Among the classics of American tradition, there are also club sandwiches and the highly sought-after avocado toast. We can’t forget their salads and one of the most symbolic dishes of the city: the Milanese cutlet. Children have their own menu, which includes, as for adults, the bread produced by Pandenus.
Piazza Risorgimento 2/A
The Milanese home of the famous Chef Filippo La Mantia is a true gem of design and architecture, animated by the warmth of his homeland, Sicily. Open from morning to evening, this restaurant offers a buffet formula which is well suited to the much-loved Sunday brunch. It is a golden opportunity to get to know the island’s aromas and flavors by tasting everything you want from the rich banquet worthy of a big party. Couscous, pasta alla norma, caponata and arancine are just some of the specialties that best represent the kitchen. The real star? The dessert room, surrounded by crystal walls showing important bottles of wine. Inside are cassate, cannoli, cakes of all kinds. It’s better than the most decadent fantasy you could imagine. A gourmet experience to be indulged without hesitation.