Driving your rented car around Lombardy will make you discover splendid lakes, medieval cities and majestic mountains. But you cannot tour the roads of the Northern region of Italy without savouring its food, one of the best in the world. That means you will have to head to a trattoria, a typical restaurant offering local food at bargain prices.
Your followers need to understand just how awesome your life is
After taking some supernatural selfies in front of the Duomo, the Scala and the Last Supper painting, you can keep on promoting your perfect lifestyle at the Antica Trattoria della Pesa, one of the oldest restaurants in Milan. This family-owned trattoria serves a delicious “Ossobuco” in a delightful antique setting. Whatever you choose, everything will look incredible, even with no filter.
Viale Pasubio 10, Milan
You want to treat your belly
If walking through Varese, the home town to the Sacro Monte di Varese (“the Sacred Mountain of Varese”) is too much for you, hop in your rented car for a 30-minute drive to the hilltop village of Jerago. At Vecchia Osteria Monte Rosa, the Bistecca alla Fiorentina will make you swoon while you discreetly undo the top button of your jeans.
Via Indipendenza 34, Jerago Con Orago
You long to forget your office canteen food you have eaten all year long
And you also want to tour Como and its lake to spot a famous grey-haired movie star. Well, you can get over your disappointment at Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento. In this secluded trattoria, feast on asparagus with Parmesan and succulent gnocchi while reading about the famous actor in a gossip magazine.
Via Sant’Abbondio 8, Azzano di Mezzegra
You are travelling without your quinoa-obsessed boyfriend
You will call to tell him Bergamo’s medieval Città Alta is a must-see. You will send him pictures of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Then you will feast on local cuisine at Trattoria d’Ambrosio. Unfortunately, while you are eating Casoncelli alla Bergamasca, your phone will mysteriously stop working.
Via Broseta, 58, Bergamo
You are having a quarter-life crisis and food is good for the soul
You need to think about the meaning of life at Capitolino temple in Brescia. Then, you can ponder over existentialism while staring at Culatello (a local type of ham) hanging from the ceiling at Trattoria Buca.
Viale della Stazione, Brescia
You read a serious study that says eating pasta may help you lose weight
Who knew that Mantua is surrounded by artificial lakes and gorgeous landscapes? The only reason you are heading there is that it was chosen as the European Capital of Gastronomy in 2017. So why don’t you start your carb diet at Trattoria La Stella by devouring its heavenly Tortelli alla Zucca?
Via della Libertà, 129, Soave Di Porto Mantovano
You don’t have time to cook a healthy meal
It is time to experience a real lunch at Antica Trattoria Ferrari in Pavia, a city renowned for its old red-brick churches. In this rustic restaurant, you will discover the wonder of homemade food and local products. Once you have tasted its excellent Risotto Pere e Gorgonzola, you can never go back to processed food again. Or your parents’ kitchen.
Via dei Mille, 111, Pavia