Recommended by LUXE City Guides:
You needn’t be in your spray-on Gucci number to dine at this cheerful, low-key woody cabin. Just bring your appetite and favourite food-loving friend, and consider wearing stretch slacks (actually, don’t), because you’re in for a truly hearty Milanese feast.
Alessandro’s family has been in the food biz in Milan for longer than your Pucci maxi dress, specialising in no-faff, homely Lombard fare. They have a beautiful villa restaurant in Masate, about an hour’s drive out of Milan, but thank your lucky city gal stars, because they have a bistro in town too.
The menu is succinct, with a few specials a day featuring seasonal ingredients. The unmissable mainstay risotto milanese is a golden pool of saffron-saturated carbalicious love that forms creamy orbs on your spoon, transforming into light but al dente grains on your tongue. Mmmm.
To accompany your meal, there’s a 350 bottle-strong, all-Italian
Via Maroncelli, 1. T: +39 02 6592880. W: alessandroristorante.com