Milan's culinary scene is bound to tickle any type of eater's taste buds: home to plenty of migrants, it boasts food whipped up by chefs from all around Italy and beyond. Which means you'll just as easily come across Sicilian food (arancini! Muffuletta! Scacciata!) or sushi as you will traditional Milanese fare.
Speaking of traditional local eats: the city's restaurants are clearly at their best when they embrace all that Lombardy has to offer. The region's gastronomical ethos embraces the stolic, hard-working mountain folk that render it what it is on a cultural level as well. That’s why some of the city’s best food – often heavy, often meat-based, very rarely Instagrammable – isn’t found in the most fashionable eateries and bars but rather in down-home, unpretentious trattorias that have perfected Milanese comfort food after years of practice.
Start with polenta, made with boiled cornmeal, and work your way through cassoeula, a cabbage and pork stew, panettone, a fruitcake of sorts, and beyond. Buon appetito!
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