The pervasive, perpetual chill and white chimney smoke thinning out into the fog and gray-white sky mean one thing: it’s almost Christmas in Milan! I can’t believe this upcoming Christmas will be my third since moving to Italy and yes, for the third consecutive year, I’ll be heading home for Christmas. Yes, it would be lovely to spend Christmas in Milan, but there’s nothing quite like spending Christmas at home with everyone I love and getting to see lots of other loved ones during the duration of my trip. While Christmas Day is a little more low key in the DeGiorgio household, Christmas Eve is not. It’s my favorite day of the year in fact! Not only do I get pass the evening in exceptional company, I also get to eat everything Aunt Liz prepares: cookies, pasta, fish and, of course, the rice balls!! Yes!
This year has definitely been a struggle and I damn near burnt out, so if I was planning to spend Christmas in Milan, I would like to wrap up my 2015 by not cooking (as much I love to cook). In fact, dining out would be my first choice. Yes, Milan–as does the rest of Italy– slows down over the holidays (nowhere near as slow and desolate as a typical Italian August) but there are some restaurants in Milan that are open for Christmas. And great ones, too, a truly solid selection.
From mainstays such as Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia and Al Garghet to newer additions such as Terrazza Gallia and Berton, Sauce Milan has rounded-up some restaurants in Milan that are open on Christmas for locals and visitors alike…click here to check them out. The list is by no means exhaustive so if we missed somewhere, give us a holler and we’ll gladly update appropriately!