The city of Milan, which in recent months has been the international food capital with Expo Milano 2015, has established itself as a city that is always attuned to food trends and styles of consumption: 100% vegetarian cuisine is no exception, winning a major spot in the panoply of Milan’s dining options.
It is no accident that the latest issue of The Vegan magazine (we have mentioned it here before) presents Italy as the “Paradise of the Vegan”: anyone who likes their food without animal ingredients will easily find a favourite spot for exploring Milan’s vegan tastes.
From the traditional Italian trattoria to the Michelin-starred restaurants, by way of take-away and artisanal gelato shops, here is a little guide to the spots that Fine Dining Lovers tried out for you:
VEGAN & VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN MILAN
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 18 – Milan
Website (in English)
The first vegetarian restaurant in Europe to win a Michelin star, in 1996, Chef Pietro Leeman’s restaurant features natural, vegan and vegetarian haute cuisine in an elegant ambience with impeccable service.
Be sure to try: “Serendipity in the garden of my dreams”, little gluten-free potato gnocchi with roast-tomato sauce.
Via Valenza, 5 – Milan
A place with a welcoming atmosphere with a menu featuring raw vegan plates, where the tradition of Italian cuisine meets flavours and spices from distant lands. The list of vegan, organic and biodynamic wines is outstanding.
Be sure to try: Savoy cabbage rolls filled with tempeh.
Trattoria noi Due
Viale Col di Lana, 1 - Milan
The classic Italian trattoria with checkerboard tablecloths where you can savour traditional vegetarian and vegan cuisine made with organic ingredients.
Be sure to try: Seitan scaloppina with ginger and lemon.
WHERE TO EAT MACRO-VEGAN IN MILAN
La Sana Gola
Via Carlo Farini, 70 – Milan
This is the restaurant of the more famous school of natural, macro-organic-vegan cooking in Milan, founded by former U.S. basketball champion Martin Halse. Open only for lunch, it offers a delivery service as well.
Be sure to try: the lavish Sunday brunch buffet.
Centro Macrobiotico Milanese
Via Larga, 7 – Milan
This historic Milan vegan-macrobiotic centre dates from 1972. Open only at noontime, it features a prix fixe menu at just € 8.50; it changes each day according to the produce in season and is accompanied by whole grains.
Be sure to try: Vegetarian pizza.
VEGAN FAST FOOD AND TAKE AWAY IN MILAN
100% vegetarian food where you can choose from a groaning board of items that change daily. You take the amount of food you want; the price is by weight. You can eat here or take away to have your lunch in the park.
Be sure to try: The traditional chickpea farinata (a type of pancake) with vegetables.
Via Spallanzani, 16 or Piazza Buozzi, 5 – Milan
Website (in English)
Heaven for organic-vegan soups in Milan, for a quick meal or informal supper. A perfect place for breakfast as well, where you can enjoy a soy cappuccino with 100% vegan croissants.
Be sure to try: The chilled soups and cream soups on the summer menu.
Via Solferino, 41 or Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 49- Milan
Website (in English)
We have mentioned this one before. The first 100% vegetarian fast food restaurant is Italian, and you will find it in the new and futuristic Garibaldi district. Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., it serves up anything from a meal to a late-night snack.
Be sure to try: the "Veghiotto Trevigiano", the traditional risotto with radicchio served in a crisp wafer.
JUICE & VEGAN RAW FOOD
Mantra Raw Vegan
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 21 - Milan
The new concept store that combines a vegan raw restaurant, a detox juice bar and a minimarket of raw produce and superfoods. From breakfast to supper to the “Brawnch”, the prices are always high, even at lunch.
Be sure to try: "Tell", coconut tortelli with carrot, stuffed with walnuts.
Corso Buenos Aires, 15 – Milan
This historic Milanese gelato shop has a counter piled high with fresh fruit and vegetables for preparing excellent smoothies (including with soy milk), centrifuged and extracted juices, to be eaten on Milan’s main shopping street.
Be sure to try: the apple, carrot, ginger and lemon centrifuged juice.
Railway Central Station or Cadorna Station and other 4 locations in Milan
For anyone arriving in or departing from Milan, a little corner where you can find fresh fruits and centrifuged juices to be eaten on site or while travelling.
Be sure to try: the travel basket, with a fresh salad, a sandwich and centrifuged juice.
AN ARTISANAL VEGAN ICE CREAM IN MILAN
Via Spadari, 13 – Milan
A vast selection of artisanal vegan gelatos, as well as sorbets, frappes made with vegetable milk, and slughes.
Be sure to try: pumpkin, giuanduia and liquorice flavours.
Gelateria di Porta Romana
Corso di Porta Romana, 52 and 126 - Milan
Here you’ll find creamy 100% vegan gelato, to be garnished with vegan whipped cream. And if you find yourself in southeast Milan, you can get home delivery.
Be sure to try: almond, pistachio and chocolate.