Collections of restaurants can be found in popular areas of the city, like the Brera and Navigli districts, both of which use their intriguing locations to create excellent dining circumstances. For budget travelers, you'll find that the Milanese aperitivo (akin to happy hour, 6-9pm) may prove to be your best chance to eat on the cheap. There are innumerable choices when it comes to aperitivo, with some establishments providing simple snacks like bruschetta and a cold buffet while others go the extra mile with hot stacks of meatballs, mozzarella, and much more. Check our links for more on the aperitivo experience.
Lastly, we thought it would be appropriate to point out a few local spots that speak more to classic Italian eating than appeasing the tourist masses (while not turning your pockets out). Osteria del Binari on Via Tortona is a hidden gem where a lunch with grappa could last the day and C'era una volta una Piada on Via Modestino is a tiny, authentic space in what literally looks like someone's kitchen. Then again, Giulio Pane e Ojo on Via Ludovico Muratori is an osteria that brings the best of Lazio cuisine (think carbonara/spaghetti), while excellent Italian fusion can be found at Bistrot Milano Centrale in the central train and bus depot. For further information, look through our neighborhood pages or be in contact with our knowledgeable embark community.