Sip on a hand-crafted Negroni prepared right before your eyes. Savour the taste of Risotto allo Zafferano, infused with bright saffron. Watch as our servers slice into your Cotoletta alla Milanese tableside. Share the experience of Ossobuco with friends. Enjoy a feast for the eyes with art from Mimmo Paladino. Experience a piece of Milano from the heart of Toronto. Eat. Drink. Be Milanese at Trattoria Milano.
Monday to Thursday
11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday to Saturday
11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Photo: Jessica Blaine Smith
EAT LIKE A MILANESE
While you might know Italy for it’s beloved Neapolitan pizza and fresh pasta, Trattoria Milano offers traditional dishes from Northern Italy. The most signature dish of the city, Risotto allo Zafferano, will become a craveable winter obsession for every diner. Bright yellow with saffron, rich from bone marrow broth, and finished with Parmigiano Reggiano DOP 36-months, it’s the star of the I Risotti section along with a variety of other risotti highlighting the flavours of Northern Italy using high-quality seasonal and Italian ingredients. Another staple of Milanese cuisine is the Cotoletta alla Milanese, a bone-in veal chop, breaded, fried, and served alongside Italian chicories, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil. At Trattoria Milano, the chefs use veal from local farms and pound it thin to get the authentic orecchia di elefante, or ‘elephant ear’, for a shape that any true Milanese would recognize instantly. The first mentions of the dish date back to 1134 and upon one bite, you’ll understand it’s centuries-long appeal.
DRINK LIKE A MILANESE
This capital city of Lombardia is also known for its underground nightlife scene, with secret bars and speakeasies found around every corner of Milan. At Trattoria Milano, our beverage experts are serving up the iconic Negroni with Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin, alongside an extensive selection of Negroni with a refreshing spin. While the origins of the cocktail are found in Florence, it has become a symbol of hard-working Milanese seeking an after-work aperitivo to “awaken the appetite” before dinner. For those looking to explore Northern Italy via vino instead, a selection of bottles produced within a 100-mile radius of Milano fills the wine list. This unique terroir combines the rich history of Milano as one of the key trade-route cities during Medieval and Renaissance periods and the storied heritage grapes of Italy itself, to create perfect pairings for any dish on the menu.
With a distinct style that combines old world Italian charm and the contemporary style of Milan, Trattoria Milano’s dining room will reveal a meticulously designed mid-century modern atmosphere anchored by a rounded marble bar. Rich hues are found in every detail – from the deep brown of the wooden wine racks and the emerald green tiles to the striking array of spirits lining the bar. Upon closer look, pieces from artists like Enzo Mari and Mimmo Paladino can be seen on the walls while phrases from local Milanese dialect can be found inscribed on the menu.