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Ristorante Il Cestino

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Via Madonnina 27, 20121 Milan, Italy
+39 02 8646 0146
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12:00 - 00:30
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel on our first night in Milan. The place was small and packed full of tables to maximize numbers. Even though we had booked, the host took us upstairs where tables were not set up and there were no customers to be seen. I therefore asked if we could sit downstairs and he... More 

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Thank csalmon79
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Guest for your kind review. We always try to join first quality food with warm and professional welcoming. You can find cover charges on the final bill (as in other italian restaurants) due to the fact service is not compulsory in Italy as in the other countries. Hope to see you again to improve your liking. More 

Jerusalem, Israel
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hotel we were staying in recommended the restaurant. When we got there we recieved a complimentary new-year's lambrusco glass. We ordered two pasta dishes (nice but not great) and a tiramisu (lovely)- a total of 49€. When we got the check, we saw that they added 10€ de copreto!!!! Why?????

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Thank adigaza
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Customer for your review. You can find covered charge in the bill (coperto) in most of the restaurants in Italy due to the fact service is not compulsory in Italy as in other foreign states. More 

Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up here while looking for a fine place to have diner in Milan in Brera area. We enjoyed some authentic Italian pasta, very tasty indeed, and we enjoyed a lovely atmosphere, nice and romantic. Special thanks to Lucian, who gave us very good recommendations for the menu for both the food and wine. Loved the penne all'arrabbiata and... More 

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Thank mich3ll3
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Customer for your friendly review. We always try to satisfy guest needs and possibly exceed their expectations. Hope to see you again very soon in our restaurant More 

Highland, California
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Il Cestino was recommended by my hotel concierge for a very early pre-opera dinner and located within a 10 minute walk to La Scala in a neighborhood busy with small shops and restaurants. Service was excellent and friendly, with a complimentary glass of Prosecco to start and a Limoncello to finish. I had the pasta with anchovy and artichoke, both... More 

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Thank GB2016a
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Customer for your friendly review. We always try to join warm and professional service with first quality food. We hope to see you again very soon in our restaurant. More 

Paris, France
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74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I had the fresh spaghetti and lobster. The lobster was excellent but the spaghetti was so salty that I couldn't swallow it. My husband had the steamed shellfish platter and he had a great time eating his way through it. Guess the chef had a heavy hand in the salt jar but it wasn't very interesting for me.

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Thank wjsinfrance
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Customer for your friendly review. We are very happy for your liking, even if "too salty" it should not happen. We hope to have the chance to welcome you again in our restaurant very soon. More 

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119 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Looking for a good restaurant in Brera milano the hotel recommend this place. We ordered some fresh sea shells and pasta to follow. Food was of high standard and the place was full of locals and tourists. The service was fast and with a flair to please . The taste was above average. Prices a bit expensive and you should... More 

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Thank emad s
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Guest for your friendly review. We are very happy for your satisfaction and we hope to see you again very soon to improve your liking. More 

Destin, FL
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Having tried il Cestino, it is interesting to note the restaurant's responses to negative reviews... defensive and uninterested in constructive feedback. The food was average or below: the paella dry and under-seasoned, the fish overcooked. The waiter started out our experience by suggesting two very expensive appetizers and then trying to upsell us at every opportunity. The cover charge was... More 

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Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks david for the time spent reviewing our restaurant. We are very sorry about your disappointment and I want to clarify couple of things: all our comments (by my side) is not just defensive and uninterested about reviews because I consider essential to respond to each comment, both positive and negative giving personal opinions to the client according to the... More 

Canada
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175 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Concierge at our hotel recommended this spot. We had planned to go for dinner but after a full day of walking didn't make it. Today however we decided to go after the bus tour. Beautiful area and the food was excellent.

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Thank thebunter
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Customer for your kind review. Our mission is always joining first quality food with warm and professional welcome trying to exceed Guest expectations. Hope to see you again very soon! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Nestled within the Brera food district, this place is bustling ! We were attracted to It one night while walking past and the friendly staff booked us for the following night ! We had two servings of seafood paella with chicken and two servings of grilled fish. The paella was brimming with seafood, so much so that there was little... More 

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Thank Aspenra
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Client for your friendly review. We always pay attention to the comments of our loyal Guests and our Customers testify our value for money is correct. Hope to see you again very soon to improve your liking. More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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316 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Nested among the many many ristorantes and bars in the Brera district, my wife and I stumbled upon this quiet spot. It served what we were craving for -- risotto con porcini and langostine ravioli. With so many restaurants to choose from, we typically decided on what we wanted to eat and selected the spot that served it. That way... More 

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Thank Bern R
Massimo T, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Il Cestino, responded to this review

Thanks dear Bern for your friendly review. We are very happy for your liking because our "mission" is satisfy and try to prevent Customer needs with warm welcome and first quality gastronomic proposals. Hope to see you again very soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 00:30
Monday
12:00 - 00:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:30
Thursday
12:00 - 00:30
Friday
12:00 - 00:30
Saturday
12:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Madonnina 27, 20121 Milan, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Milan>  > Brera
  • Neighbourhood: Brera
  • Phone Number: +39 02 8646 0146

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Staying in Brera

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Brera
Brera captures the real essence of the city. It is an excellent mix between history and modernity, where tradition meets innovation. Here design and beauty reign. On Via Brera there are the famous Pinacoteca (galleries), the National Gallery of Modern and Antique Art, and the Academy of Fine Arts. Interior design boutiques and intellectual cafes are typical of the district. Walking along Via Madonnina is a must to admire the architecture of buildings and the design stores. On Sundays, going to the local market is an unmissable opportunity for fashion, style and art. Tucked away, there is the Orto Botanico di Brera botanical garden that seems like a painting framed in an ancient fairy structure. Last but not least, it’s worth a visit to Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli with its Planetarium, the Civico Museo di Storia Naturale (Natural History Museum).
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