One would think that it is difficult to find grocery stores in the very city centre. But one would be wrong. Milan’s city centre has been chosen as the heart of several new openings of not only restaurants but also grocery stores. Some of the examples are Eataly in the Brian&Barry building in via Durini in San Babila and Eat’s at the -1 floor of Excelsior, right behind the Duomo, but there is also Signorvino with a good choice of wine.
Following this new trend Mercato del Duomo opened in front of the cathedral, after the similar successful expriment by Autogrill in the Central Station. There are four floors: you can shop for groceries or have a quick lunch at the bistrot or have dinner at Niko Romito’s restaurant on the last floor. In my opinion the best part is the market itself. Here is what you can find at Mercato del Duomo!
The floor I prefer is the one with the market. You can find a bit of everything: salame, cheese, bread, desserts, ready dishes and wine, but also the egg specialties at the Ovo Bar. In this egg temple you will find manfrigole (a kind of crêpe of the Valtellina valley) stuffed with vegetables, salame or cheese (or sweet ones!) and incredibly tasty poached eggs with asparagus or bacon and potatoes.
If you are not crazy about eggs you can also choose between other dishes. Bread by Panificio Grazioli, fruit and vegetables, meat and desserts by C’era una torta…sublime!
Going up you encounter the wine bar and Spazio by Niko Romito, a restaurant I am very curious about but that I haven’t had the chance to try yet: it is managed by young apprentices that graduate from his school. A meal is about 40 euros for three courses.
I almost forgot, Terrazza Aperol is on the last floor, one of my favourite in the city!
The entrance is not very central and possibly not so enhanced. You enter through Spizzico under the portici in Piazza Duomo. At the entrance there is a big bronze olive tree that accompanies the guest to the escalator that leads to the market. Have you ever seen a food market more central that this?
The environment, at least on the market floor, is very informal, in self-service style. There are curious tourist and employees on their lunch break.
Prices are absolutely affordable, in line or slightly cheaper than the competitors in this area. Just to give you an example: the eggs I was telling you about are around 7 euros and they will be enough to satisfy your hunger. The prices of other dishes are similar and there is the possibility of choosing just one slice of pizza and eating it during a walk. Not so bad for a lunch with the view on the Duomo, right?
MERCATO DEL DUOMO
Piazza del Duomo, Milan
+39 02 320626828
Open every day from 8 to 22
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.