Michelin released the 2023 edition of its Italy guide on November 8, 2022, so I felt compelled to round up the Michelin-starred restaurants in Milan as well as in all of Lombardy.
The Italian Michelin Guide lowdown: this year’s big news is that chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s Villa Crespi in Orta San Giulio, on Lake Orta in Piedmont earned its third Michelin star, bringing the number of restaurants in Italy that bear the coveted distinction to 12. Out of 385 starred restaurants in Italy, Lombardy plays host to 59—with 70 stars in total, Lombardy is the most-starred region in Italy. It’s followed by Campania (48 restaurants with 55 stars); Piedmont (44 restaurants with 51 stars); Tuscany (41 restaurants with 48 stars); and the Veneto (32 restaurants with 38 stars).
Of these 59 Michelin-starred restaurants in Milan and Lombardy, three hold three stars, five hold two stars, and 51 hold one star. Scroll down for the list, or you could read up on some Milan Michelin food culture below before scrolling down.
Milan’s three-star history
When Enrico Bartolini‘s namesake restaurant at Milan’s MUDEC Museum received its third Michelin star in 2020, the Milanesi were thrilled. At the time, it was the 11th restaurant to earn the distinction—but what added to the excitement was that Italy’s first three-star restaurant was in Milan: the late Gualtiero Marchesi’s namesake restaurant in Via Bonvesin de la Riva. It opened in 1977, and Marchesi received his first star that same year, his second one a year later, and his third in 1985. He closed the Milan restaurant in 1993 (and moved it to Franciacorta). So, Bartolini’s third star meant that after 25 years, Milan once again had a three-star restaurant.
The 2023 edition of the Michelin guide also set a record for Bartolini. His restaurant Anima at the Milano Verticale hotel received its first Michlin star, so, with 12 Michelin stars, he continues to uphold the honor of Italy’s most-starred chef. In addition to Anima and his three-star restaurant at MUDEC, Bartolni’s repertoire includes Locanda Sant’Uffizio in Piedmont (two); l’Osteria Il Poggio Rosso in Tuscany (one); Glam at Palazzo Venart in Venice (two); Locanda del Sant’Uffizio in Monferrato (one); La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini at Castiglione della Pescaia in Maremma (one), and Casual Ristorante in Bergamo (one).
On the new-starred-restaurants-in-Milan front, Andrea Arpea’s namesake restaurant also earned its first star this year. Arpea was the chef of the two-starred Vun at the Park Hyatt Hotel for years, which he left in May 2021 and opened his namesake restaurant in July 2022.
Anyhoo, here’s a look at the Michelin-starred restaurants in Milan as well as in Lombardy in general—it’s divvied according to provinces with the town, city, comune, or village in parentheses. For Milan, I only included parentheses for the one restaurant that’s in the province of Milan, but not the city proper like the rest. Those in italics indicate one of the Michelin Guide’s seven new Lombardy additions.
Enrico Bartolini al MUDEC, chef Enrico Bartolini
Aalto, chef Takeshi Iwai
Andrea Aprea at Fondazione Luigi Rovati, chef Andrea Aprea
Anima at the Milano Verticale Hotel, chefs Enrico Bertolini and Michele Cobuzzi
Contraste, chef Matias Perdomo
Berton, chef Andrea Berton
Cracco, chef Carlo Cracco
Felix Lo Basso home & restaurant, chef Felice Lo Basso
Iyo, chef Michele Biassoni and sushi master Masashi Suzuki (Fun fact: the first non-Italian restaurant in Italy to earn a Michelin star!)
Joia, chef Pietro Leeman (Fun fact: the first vegetarian restaurant in Europe to earn a Michelin star!)
L’Alchimia, chef Davide Puleio
Sadler, chef Claudio Sadler
Tano Passami l’Olio, chef Tano Simonato
Viva Viviana Varese at Eatly Smeraldo, chef Viviana Varese
Da Vittorio, Chicco and Bobo Cerea (Bursoporto)
Lido 84, Giancarlo and Riccardo Camanini (Gardone Riviera)
La Tortuga, Maria Cozzaglio & Orietta Filippini (Gargnano)
Bolle, chef Marco Stagi, (Lallio)
Umberto De Martino at Florian Maison, chef Umberto De Martino (San Paolo d’Argon)
Osteria degli Assonica, chefs Alex and Vittorio Manzoni (Sorisole)
LoRo, chef Pier Antonio Rocchetti (Trescore Balneario)
San Martino, chef Beppe Colleoni (Treviglio )
Osteria della Brughiera, Paolo Benigni(Villa d’Almè)
Casual, Enrico Bartolini and chef Marco Galtarossa (Bergamo),
Impronte, chef Cristian Fagone (Bergamo)
Il Saraceno, Chef Roberto Proto (Cavernago)
Al Gambero, chef Maria Paola Geroldi (Calvisano)
Due Colombe, chef Stefano Cerveni, (Corte Franca)
Esplanade, chef Massimo Fezzardi (Desenzano del Garda)
Capriccio, Giuliana Germiniasi (Manerba del Garda)
Sedicesimo Secolo, chef Simone Breda (Orzinuovi)
Leon d’Oro, chef Alfonso Pepe (Pralboino)
La Rucola 2.0, chef Gionata Bignotti (Sirmione)
La Speranzina Restaurant & Relais, chef Fabrizio Molteni (Sirmione)
L’Aria at the Mandarin Oriental, chef Massimiliano Blasone (Blevio)
Il Sereno al lago, chef Rafaelle Lenzi (Torno)
Il Cantuccio, chef Mauro Elli (Albavilla)
I Tigli in Theoria, chef Franco Caffara (Como)
Materia, chef Davide Caranchini (Cernobbio)
Kitchen at the Sheraton Lake Como, chef Andrea Casali (Cernobbio)
Trattoria Contemporanea, chef Davide Marzullo, (Lomazzo)
Vitium, chef Michele Minchillo (Crema)
Dal Pescatore, chefs Nadia, Giovanni, and Bruna Santini (Canneto sull’Oglio)
Acquerello, chef Silvio Salmoiraghi and Choi Cheolhyeok (Fagnano Olona)
La Tavola at Hotel Il Porticciolo, chef Riccardo Bassetti (Laveno)
Ma.Ri.Na., chef Rita Possoni, (Olgiate Olona) (no website)
*An italic font indicates a new entry to the 2023 Michelin Guide.