Away from the show: five food-focused experiences in Milan

After a long day walking the show floor of HostMilano, relax and recuperate while exploring the foodie side of the city. Tina Nielsen reports

1) Walking food tour

Eat your way through this gastronomic destination on one of the many food tours taking place all over Milan. The specialist knowledge of local guides means you will discover places that you may otherwise have missed. Fat Tire Tours is just one of the companies to offer walking tours through the city, showing visitors the very best of Milanese gastronomy. Experienced guides take groups to little known spots and popular local haunts to sample delicacies including Milan-style meatballs, Parma ham, cannoli – and what better way to end the tour than with a scoop of gelato?

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2) Make a pilgrimage to Gorgonzola

Just a 20-minute train ride from Milan lies the town of Gorgonzola where the famous blue cheese, second only to Parmigiana where cheese exports are concerned. Take a stroll in the quiet lanes and streets and enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants offering a menu featuring the famous blue veined cheese.

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3) Take in The Last Supper

Among the world’s most well-known works of art, Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper is considered the second most important attraction in Milan, after Duomo di Milano. Dating back to 1498, it is located in the refectory of the convent next to Santa Maria delle Grazie Church in Milan. Due to the fragility of the piece a limited number of visitors are allowed each day and a maximum of 25 people per hour. It means those wishing to take in The Last Supper usually need to plan ahead to get their hands on a ticket, however turning up at the ticket office on the day can yield results as can booking one of the services that allow you to skip the line to get in. is one of the services offering tickets

4) Honouring an opera icon with great food

Labelled as “a tribute to a great man, an immense artist, a true Italian in gastronomic habits”, the Pavarotti Milano Restaurant Museum – or Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti – invites guests to explore an exhibition related to the late opera singer’s life and career. Pavarotti’s love of the Emilia-Romagna gastronomy is evident in the menu of the restaurant, serving up some of the great man’s favourite dishes, including tortellini and tagliatelle al ragu. Memorabilia and photographs line the walls and there is even a space for live music performances.

5) Head to market

For a flavour f the freshest Italian produce and a sense of the wealth of food products available, head to one of the many street markets in Milan. Sample different bits of ham, cheese and other produce as you peruse the stalls. Viale Papiniano Market is among the most popular street markets and is open twice a week. Alternatively, head to the Milan branch of the famous Eataly store where you’ll find all the goods under one roof and several restaurants too.


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