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Mar 10, 2010 01:20 AM

Cheap Eats in Milano? (please no pizza and aperitivo postings)

I am a student and am looking for good places to eat in Milan. I already know that pizza, panzerotti and aperitivo are great budget food sources.

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  1. This may not be what you are looking for, but I was in Milan last year and was surprised to learn that many bars serve food at lunch time at a very reasonable price. There aren't generally a lot of things to choose from, but if you are on a tight budget, you can definitely make your money go farther. Most bars also serve hot and cold panini at lunch time too, and they can be quite good, filling, and reasonable. I never ate in a restaurant at lunchtime, just bars. Most of my experience has been in Rome, where this is not the case.

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    1. re: bropaul

      If I understand you right you are saying in Rome you can't get lunch in a bar? I have to strongly concur - starting from a hot panini, a lot of bars even offer soups, pastas, better/bigger ones even full blown meals from a limited menu or buffet (tavola calda).

      1. re: vinoroma

        Not that you can't eat lunch in a bar in Rome, but that it seemed much more common in Milan.

    2. I live in Milan and here are a couple of my standby places that are inexpensive (I'm sure you well know how expensive it is to eat out in this city).

      Trattoria Sabbioneda
      Via Alessandro Tadino, 32
      20124 Milano
      02 29521014‎
      They are only open Monday - Friday, and service is brisk - but the food is good and simple. You have to book otherwise its impossible to get a table. One of the last "real" trattorias in Milan

      Ristorante De Carlo Da Teresa
      Via Pavia, 3
      20020 Milano
      02 58111126

      This great, simple place serves inexpensive specialties from the Puglia region such as orecchiete, burrata and seafood. Not a huge menu, but it does change often. House wine is pretty good too! Again, the service can be a bit strange, but the food is always good.

      1. Check out the Birrificio Lambrate pub for good, inexpensive pasta - and great beer, too. A bowl of pasta is something like 4 or 5 euros. They also have meat dishes (6.50 euros at lunch - not sure about dinner.)

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