If there is one part of Milan that is ever-changing, that is definitely the Isola district. The area, whose name means “island” in Italian, is packed with offices and densely populated. Be happy if you find yourself here around lunchtime, since eateries really are popping up like mushrooms. Here are the 5 favorites we love!
Anche (Via Carmagnola, 5)
An easy name for an excellent place, with a relaxed atmosphere that will be a balm for the soul of anyone who’s had a busy morning at work. This restaurant mostly features Mediterranean cuisine, and their cotoletta lime and pistacchio (pork cutlet with pistachio) specialty is top notch, a must-try. Please, do yourself a favor, and taste it! You can pick the size of your meal: go for mini if you want to try several dishes, or for maxi, if you want to make sure you don’t get hungry all the way until dinner.
Vegan Days (Via Farini 40/A)
There are no vegans at TBS, but still, we believe this is one of the best restaurants in the area, and not just for vegans: it’s good for anyone who loves eating organic, cruelty-free, good-quality food. Choose their “pranzo veloce” (quick lunch) menu, that exclusively features dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients.
Deus Cafe (Via Thaon di Revel, 3)
We will readily admit it — we always went to Deus for our happy hour, because their drinks are really done by the book, and then we found out that this Cafe is also good for lunch, which was a positive surprise. The staff is very efficient, which will leave you with enough time to have a look at their super cool shop! You might already be aware of this, but if you’re not, we are telling you now: their hamburgers are a must-try.
Vinh Ha Long (Piazzale Antonio Baiamonti 5)
You probably know by now that we always try to give you wide-ranging options, when we write down our lists of eateries: we want to try our best to make everyone happy, whatever their preference and taste may be. This is why we included a Vietnamese restaurant in the list! It’s a very welcoming place, with a lovely owner who will make you smile the moment you step in. Their pho bo — for those of you who don’t know, it’s the typical Vietnamese noodle soup — is delicious, as are their other soups, their Vietnamese noodles and their shrimp.
Griso 1961 (Piazza Maciacchini 1)
Some people are very anxious about being on time. If you are one of them, there is nothing quicker than having a pizza al trancio, meaning, a slice of pizza to go. Griso is an institution in this area, and has been for over fifty years. Their pizza is thick and soft, and is available with several different toppings — something that sets it one step ahead of its competitors in town.