To Top
Restaurants

Daniel Ristorante

One of Brera's most exciting culinary offerings

We walk into Daniel Ristorante with no expectations. Located in the heart of Brera, and shielded behind two doors of dark tinted glass there are few clues on the outside as to what you can find inside Chef Canzian’s restaurant – one of the neighborhood’s most surprising and exciting culinary ventures.

Daniel Canzian (after whom the restaurant is named) cut his teeth working alongside some of the best chefs in Italy and France, earning first prize in the prestigious ‘Pellegrino Artusi’ competition in the category of Best Young Chef. Less than three years later the brazen young chef opened the doors to his own restaurant, a place where he would be free to combine the technical intricacies of French cuisine while celebrating Italy’s produce and historical recipes. Canzian is originally from Veneto, but his cooking style seems to span from the thigh to the heel of Italy’s boot, and then abroad. The results of his intense study and openness to international travel have been nothing short of astounding.

Ristorante Daniel

We sample the lunch menu, which, at 28 euro for three courses with water, coffee and cover included, might be the best value business lunch in all of Milan. Chef Canzian’s menu changes not just seasonally, but daily depending on what ingredients have been sourced that morning.

On the day we visit, the menu offers a salad with turkey bresaola and a soup of creamed bieta with goats’ cheese and crispy vegetables. Both are intriguing, light and the perfect dish to help you transition to the more substantial mains or pasta dishes. Starting with the pasta, there is a risotto made with a stock of beetroot, Franciacorta sparkling wine and Parmigiano Reggiano. It is deceivingly complex. Each of the ingredients has its moment on the stage, starting with the perfectly al dente rice, followed the deep rich fruitiness of the beetroot, the sweet, acidic and somehow still effervescent shimmer of the Franciacorta, and finally to round it out, the umami oomph from the Parmigiano. The spaghetti with cream of nettle on the other hand is upfront, earthy and full. The spaghetti comes a little more al dente than I normally would enjoy, but in this case it feels wholly appropriate to taste and feel the flour in the pasta.

Ristorante Daniel

For a main we opt for a fine dining spin on a Neapolitan classic – Polpo alla Luciana. The octopus is meaty without ever approaching rubbery. The delicate and refined tomato stock poured over it elevates this dish from its humble origins to something befitting the stylish dining room in which we find ourselves.

The highlight though is a stunning spin on scrambled eggs that comes served inside a hen’s egg which is itself wrapped in a nest of herbs and twigs. Visually it’s mind-blowing.

Ristorante Daniel

Ristorante Daniel is exquisitely decorated with select pieces of modern art, and found and reclaimed objects. The walls are painted in a calming blue grey, and the tables eschew the usual fine dining white tablecloth for heavier, more casual (both more luxurious to the touch) linen. While the tables are set so far away from each other to ensure intimacy, a seat at the bar in front of the open kitchen is exactly where you want to be. You can watch Chef Canzian and his team calmly execute each dish with surgical precision. They are alert, but never frenetic. It is fascinating to watch the cooks exert such singular focus on each plate but still maintain awareness of each other and the diners. The kitchen staff are so in-sync with each other you barely hear a murmur coming from the kitchen let alone any Gordon Ramsay-style meltdowns.

Ristorante Daniel serves exactly what Brera’s, and more generally, Milan’s fine dining scene needs more of: Italian cuisine that respects tradition but is not bound to it. Daniel Canzian shows that he not only knows how, but is not afraid to, experiment. It never feels like he is trying to show off or confuse your mouth for the sake of it. Canzian serves honest flavors – just more so.

The surprises never seem to end. From the first week of May you will be able to enjoy a gourmet aperitif outside. All of this is done in Daniel’s typical gourmet style.

We can't. That's why every week we share the best experiences milan has to offer.

You may be also interested in...

The best Chinese restaurants in Milan

Life is beautiful because it is varied. But often we forget this. When it comes to choosing where to go for lunch or dinner, we always focus on Italian. Maybe this is because we certainly know it will not disappoint us, or maybe it’s because of the typical diffidence we tend to have towards all [...]

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Milan

When lovers work, the time to meet up and be together is a little tight, to the detriment of romance and anniversaries. City life is beautiful but it has its price: hurry. We do everything in a hurry, continuously, and finding free moments to enjoy leisure, tranquility and pleasure is increasingly difficult. Often those moments are [...]

10 restaurants in Milan to try in February

After a month of transitions that established the beginning of a new decade, February brought back that authentic Milanese energy, with adventurous spirit and sparkling intentions for a fabulous 2020. It’s a month full of events, including the long-awaited Carnival, which challenges the still frigid Milanese temperatures, which are thankfully being improved by the first [...]

Ristorante Teatro alla Scala – Il Foyer

Piazza della Scala angolo Via Filodrammatici, 2 20121 Milano

After a long closure that created many inconveniences for the most loyal Scaliger public - reluctant to give up the habit of the traditional Milanese pre-show risotto - a few months ago they reopened Il Foyer, an evolution of the Marchesino. Gualtiero Marchesi's historic restaurant, inaugurated in 2008, has undergone a complete renovation based on a [...]

10 restaurants for New Year’s Eve

Whether you feel nostalgic or enthusiastic about a new year starting, one thing is certain. On December 31, you’re simply required to have a special evening with friends or relatives. As a result, we have selected ten places where you can have a top knotch New Year's Eve dinner. The quality of the menus at [...]

Bombarded daily by information of all kinds, transmitted by an ever-increasing number of communication tools, we sometimes look for a simplification, a reliable source, a guide. Flawless Milano was born from this need, and tells the best experiences to have in Milan with style, precision and personality.

Flawless® is a reality born in 2014 from the dream of three professionals in communication, fashion and the digital world. Every day our editorial staff lives the beauties of the city and allows them to give you ideas and always new indications.

Copyright © 2020 Flawless Living s.r.l. - Via Copernico 8 - 20125 Milano - PI 08675550969