Biffi

Price guide: Mid-range

Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, Milan, 20121

Price guide: Mid-range

Biffi, Milan

By Melissa Shales, your Milan expert

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#13 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Milan
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Celebrity spotting, No fuss, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing

Best for Dining alone - Expert review of Biffi

An utterly charming and historic Milan cafè/restaurant – perfect for people watching.

Named after Paolo Biffi, the inventor of panettone, this is a Milan institution, a Gran Caffè and restaurant that has been open since 1867, with everyone from Hemingway to Gorbachev dropping in along the way. I had one of the best cappuccinos I have ever had (in a life that has involved a great deal of coffee). The walls are filled with history and there is always something to watch in the galleria.

Food and drink: 

Open all day and into the night, serving breakfast, cakes and coffees, then traditional Italian food including excellent pastas and risottos.

Ambience: 

A cosy old-fashioned trattoria with marble tables, historic photos on the walls and a glassed-in terrace so you can watch the world go by without catching a chill.

Service: 

Friendly and charming. My visit was met with a fascinating history of the restaurant, a tour of the historic photos and introductions to all the staff.

Location: 

Inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. 

Price advice: 

Expect to pay around 50-70 euros for three courses without wine.

Other useful branches: 

There’s a second branch in Corso Magenta - see website for details.

More information on Biffi:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Snacks, Traditional
Address:
Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, Milan, 20121
Telephone:
02 805 7961
Website:
http://www.biffipasticceria.it/
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily 7am–midnight. Closed Christmas Day.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Biffi? Would you recommended it?