Last week I went on holiday to Milan for a few days, I love clothes almost as much as I love food so was excited to visit. I’ve been to Italy a few times and always found it catered well for coeliac and food allergies, Milan was exactly the same.
The weather was a bit mixed, we got caught in the worst rain ever but the food and shopping did not disappoint and I enjoyed the quirkiness of Milan, as pictured below.
The sign every coeliac wants to see on holiday:
Yes folks I found not one but two gluten free bakeries in Milan. The first one GluFree and the other PanPerMe, both had a large selection of dairy free items as well.
GluFree – http://www.glufreebakery.it/it/
GluFree has two locations in Milan and make all their own produce on site. We went there as soon as we arrived for a late light lunch and it was so good. I had a soya latte, tuna arancini and a beautiful brioche with blackberry jam. As well as being super tasty it was also reasonably priced with the latte €1, arancini €3 and the brioche €1.50.
I also had a jam tart as takeaway for later:
PanPerMe – http://www.panperme.it
PanPerMe is another dedicated gluten free bakery, the owner’s wife is a coeliac so they completely get it. A large portion of their sweet and savoury items are also dairy free so I was spoiled for choice. I went for a freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, a tomato focaccia and a chocolate pudding. Everything was amazing and I picked up a few extras to eat on the plane home the next day. Again you can eat in or have takeaway.
Be Bop – http://www.bebopristorante.it
Be Bop is a cosy little restaurant offering a very large gluten free menu, it handily also has all the dishes which are dairy free marked on it as well.
I went with spinach and pine nut croquettes for starter, very delicious:
I was then excited to find out they also offered dairy free mozzarella on the gluten free pizza so I picked that for my main. Pizza in Italy never disappoints:
I’ve mentioned Grom before on my guide to eating in Rome. It is an ice cream shop which offers a good choice of dairy free flavours. I was delighted to see a few Grom stores in Milan. This time I picked apricot, strawberry and chocolate:
Le Tre Gazelle
On our last day and after a late night, we just wanted to sit and people watch for a bit and Le Tre Gazelle allowed us to do that. Whilst they didn’t offer gluten free pizza or pasta the menu was clearly labelled with all allergens and it was easy to find things to eat. I had a lovely prawn and ham salad followed by a soya latte. I didn’t have it, as I was saving myself for Grom, but they did have dairy free ice cream.
To round up then, I found it was easy to find a wide variety of things to eat in Milan. The hotel offered a good choice of options for breakfast, soya milk was found in all the coffee bars we visited and even vegan chocolate was available in a sweet shop we were in getting gifts.
Hope this is useful if you are planning a visit to Milan.