When travelling to Italy one of the main things to be excited about is, of course, the food. During my last trip to Italy, I decided to go all in on the food experience and join the Milan Food Tour, a 3 1/2 hour tour centered around the Brera district. The tour made 6 different stops and covered a lot of different foods, coffee and sweets, aperitivo, drinks, more solid food, and of course, gelato. If you only have a limited amount of time and want to explore as much as possible as easily as possible, a tour is usually a good way to go. Especially if you’re travelling solo, as you’re guaranteed to meet new people.
It’s probably not news to anyone that Italy has some amazing food, and spending a few hours in the morning trying a lot of it isn’t the worst thing. We started off at the cutest little café, a place called Pattini, having a cappuccino and a custard filled cannocino, and you can probably guess that the coffee addict in me was beyond happy.
The next stop was at Parma&Co to try some parma and cheese, along with some Italian beer. The parma was and absolutely delicious, and after an interesting introduction to its history and how it’s produced, we were off to our next stop. Did you know that 1, Parma is not just something to eat, but a city in northern Italy? (probably right?), 2, the name “Prosciutto di Parma” has been legally protected since the 1970’s, and 3, that “parma ham” has to be produced according to legal and regulatory stipulations and cured in the ‘typical’ production area?
The third stop was for some more solid food at a place called Rossi & Grassi. Here you order the food and they cook it fresh for you on the spot, they offer a lot of delicious pasta and seafood, and the rice ball/risotto dish was made out of rice with a saffron sauce, and according to our guide, it was the most popular rice in Italy – and I definitely see why. The place has existed since 1971 and offers a variety of options, and after my days in Milan, I’ve gotten slightly obsessed with these delicious little rice balls.
My favorite thing about summer and a warmer weather is being able to sit outside, so of course, I had to take advantage of the blasting sun and enjoy a glass of spritz along with some nuts and chips. Cuz’ you can’t really go on a food tour around Italy and not stop for some drinks, right? The place we took a drink break at was called Jamaica and was located at Via Brera, 32. The original place was opened back in 1911, and has from the beginning been home to artist, actors, creators, and painters.
For the second to last stop it was time to head back to food. Pastifico Moscova offers fresh pasta and delicious desserts, all cooked fresh every day and in high demand. Here we tried some home-cooked meatballs and lasagna, worth noting is that the vegetarian lasagna, based on pesto, was one of the most delicious lasagnas I’ve ever tried.
The last stop was – as you can probably guess – gelato! I took full advantage of vacation mode and indulged as much as possible, ‘cuz eating gelato in Italy is part of the cultural experience, right? We went to a place called Tasta at Corso Garibaldi, 111. In their ice cream, they use organic milk, brown sugar, fresh cream and egg yolk from hens fed naturally, and they have a special recipe that makes each of their incredibly creamy ice creams both rich in taste and very digestible.
Big thanks to Milan Food Tours for inviting me on this tour. The tour made 6 stops total, and they all had their own unique charm and character. Our guide was lovely and made the whole experience really fun, and made sure to explain all the food and the history in an interesting and entertaining way.