Best Restaurants to Eat at in Milan: Paper Moon

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After having lived in Milan for a year, I have tried a decent number of Italian restaurants, and Paper Moon is one of my favorites. It is located right next to the Duomo (which is a site you should also definitely see if you are in Milan).

The restaurant is constantly packed, and you will need reservations to get in when it reopens. My favorite dishes there are the sea bass, vongole (clam pasta), and the risotto with osso bucco. Normally, you can order both a pasta and a main dish (depending on how hungry and what you are in the mood for).

The portions are a bit small, and the restaurant is on the pricier side, but the quality is top notch. It is also good if you have the opportunity to go with a bunch of people, as this way you can try multiple pizzas, pastas, etc.

The crowd is an interesting mix (on the bottom floor it is normally local Italians, while on the top floor is normally Asian tourists). Still, all of the waiters speak English, so it is a tourist-friendly restaurant.

I would say that as a whole, I found Italian food a bit underwhelming in Milan (I had very high expectations going in). Still, Paper Moon is one of the restaurants that definitely did live up to my expectations, and somewhere I always enjoyed going to when I wanted a good meal.

Paper Moon Recommendation Rating: 4.5

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


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