Italian food is considered to be some of the very best in the world, but the cuisines within the country are actually very regional. Milan is like what New York City is to the United States; it’s a city that attracts some of the best chefs in the country and beyond who want to put an innovative spin on traditional Italian dishes. Of course, there are classical Milanese items as well, and these always include milk, cream, butter and cheese. Rice is also much more popular in the Lombary region than pasta, mainly because it absorbs the milk, cream, butter and cheese more than pasta does.
One of the most typical Milanese dishes and one of the symbols of Milan is risotto alla Milanese. It’s a sinfully delicious Italian rice dish made with saffron and beef bone marrow, topped with a bit of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Locals will tell you that one of the hands-down best places in the city to try risotto alla Milanese is at El Brellin on Vicolo Lacandai 3.