Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, Milan, 20121
- 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
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.
Open all day and into the night, serving breakfast, cakes and coffees, then traditional Italian food including excellent pastas and risottos.
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.
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.
Inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Expect to pay around 50-70 euros for three courses without wine.
There’s a second branch in Corso Magenta - see website for details.
More information on Biffi:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Café, Restaurant
- Italian, Snacks, Traditional
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, Milan, 20121
- 02 805 7961
- Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Open daily 7am–midnight. Closed Christmas Day.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary