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It would be easy to write a best restaurants in Milan list and just stick to the Michelin-starred big guns. Celebrity chefs like Carlo Cracco and Claudio Sadler undoubtedly dominate conversations about the city’s culinary scene but, in sticking to fine dining, you'd miss the point that Milan is trying to make. The Italian metropolis is full of so much variety: from neighbourhood pizza joints to traditional trattorias devoted to regional cooking and loved by local eaters and the flourishing of the Asian food scene, there is so much on offer if you just look past the obvious choices.
That, of course, often means making a trek: it is no secret that finding something spectacular in the tourist-laden centre of Milan is no small feat – so you’re going to have to pay attention to the edges. Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Bande Nere, with two Michelin stars, and Mao Hunan in Loreto, which at-first-glance appears to be a gelateria, for example, are worthy of day trips outside your tourist comfort zone. There is, clearly, a lesson to be learned in Milan: don’t be afraid to go the extra mile for a really good meal.