After a morning spent exploring the boutiques and cafés around the Naviglio Grande, head to La Tradizionale for classic Neapolitan pizza. Famous for its generous portions, La Tradizionale cooks all of its pizzas in a traditional wood-burning oven and uses only the freshest ingredients. If the weather is fine, sit in the garden for a truly relaxing experience.
La Tradizionale, Ripa di Porta Ticinese 7, 20143 Milan, +39 02 839 5133
With fans such as Oscar-winning Italian actor Roberto Benigni claiming La Taverna serves some of the finest pizzas in Italy, it’s no surprise it’s usually packed with locals. La Taverna is particularly busy in the evenings when there is often a queue of people outside waiting for tables. You’ll realise that all the waiting is worthwhile, however, once you have a taste of the signature Neapolitan pizza.
La Taverna, Via Francesco Anzani 3, 20135 Milan, +39 02 5990 0793
Maruzzella has been selling high-quality pizzas to its loyal customers for over 30 years. The secret to its perfect pizza is, Maruzzella believes, all in the proving; its pizza dough is left to rise for at least 12 hours before baking, giving the bases a perfectly fluffy yet firm texture every time. Although Maruzzella is known for its pizza, there is also a delicious range of seafood and pasta dishes, too; the pistachio macaroni in particular is a must.
Maruzzella, Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan 3, 20129 Milan, +39 02 2952 5729
Pizzeria Da Ciro
With more than 40 different options on the menu you’ll be spoilt for choice at Da Ciro. Its pizzas are all made the traditional Neapolitan way, using high-quality buffalo mozzarella, the freshest tomatoes and hand-kneaded dough to produce the classic crisp bases for which Italy is renowned. With its warm Mediterranean interiors and delicious menu, Pizzeria Da Ciro is the perfect setting for a meal you can enjoy with all the family.
Pizzeria Da Ciro, 10 Via Marghera, 20149 Milan, +39 02 481 9163
They’ve been making pizzas the traditional way at Spontini on Corso Buenos Aires since 1953, and it remains an ideal place for a restorative break from the designer boutiques that surround it. The popularity of its thin-crust offerings, including simple but delectable tomato, mozzarella and anchovy, have allowed it to grow into a small chain, with four other branches in the city – though the original remains our favourite.
Pizzeria Spontini, 60 Corso Buenos Aires, 20124 Milan, +39 02 204 7444
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