Top Locations: Via Fara, 14
Why: Just talking to Elena and her husband Francesco (a third generation gelato maker) in their lab makes you understand their passion for the craftsmanship. And their passion naturally equals high quality. To put it in Francesco’s own words: “people ask me what flavor is my signature flavor, but honestly I don’t have one – all of them are my signature flavors! It wouldn’t make much sense to put something out there that isn’t of the highest quality would it?” Surely it’s this passion that consistently lands Gelateria Paganelli a spot in the top ten best gelaterie in Milan and we couldn’t agree more.
MiMag recommends: Sorbetti al vino (wine sorbet). Gelateria Paganelli is the only gelateria in Milan who offers this delight, and it’s a real treat that we can assure you!
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00-23:00, Sunday Closed
[La] gelateria della Musica
Top Locations: Via Pestalozzi, 4; Via Abamonti, 2; C.so di Porta Ticinese, 1
Why: [La] gelateria della Musica is now found in three locations in Milan; however, it’s still the original one in Via Pestalozzi that brings home the crowds – even though it’s located approximately 4 kilometers southwest of the city center. It is well worth the walk, and it’s even worth waiting in the ten meter long line outside the gelateria before you can enter to place your order. The aim of [La] gelateria della Musica is to make you as emotional as music can do, and by only using ingredients of the highest quality and paying attention to every detail, they have certainly succeeded.
MiMag recommends: Be brave and try one of the many flavors invented every day, for example beet root with walnuts, honey and gorgonzola – it’s a full meal in a gelato.
More Info: http://www.lagelateriadellamusica.it/
Opening hours: Monday Closed, Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday 12:30-23:00, Friday-Saturday 12:30-00:00
I Gelati di Naninà
Top Locations: Via Vincenzo Foppa, 52
Why: The owners, Donatella and Daniela treat their gelateria like they do their home and their clients as they do their children, and just for that reason it’s the perfect place for a break. And then there is the gelato of course. Try one of their vegan flavors for a different take on gelato. Or go for one of the gelaperitivi flavors such as Piña Colada or Mojito – perfect for an after work treat.
MiMag recommends: Alga Spirulina, a flavor so blue in color the Mediterranean Sea is jealous.
More Info: http://www.igelatidinanina.it/
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 13:00-22:00, Friday 13:00-22:30, Saturday-Sunday 12:00-22:30
Top Locations: Via Spadari, 13
Why: Located just around the corner from Il Duomo, on the street of gourmet food in Milan, Ciacco is exactly the gelato-watering hole you’re looking for after a full day of shopping in the city center. The philosophy of Ciacco is to create the purest of gelati with the shortest list of ingredients, and because of this philosophy they pay extremely close attention to the fruit they and milk they are using in order to get the best taste possible without adding anything artificial.
MiMag recommends: Tè Verde Matcha. Not that you need any other reasons to indulge in gelato, besides the obvious fact that is amazingly good – but matcha tea has a range of additional health benefits so why not try it in the form of a gelato?
More Info: http://www.ciaccogelato.it/
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 08:00-21:00, Sunday 14:00-21:00
Il Massimo del Gelato
Top Locations: Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18
Why: When taking your Sunday stroll in Parco Sempione you should plan to take a break at some point, and while you’re in that part of Milan why don’t you plan to take that break at Il Massimo del Gelato? Massimo compares eating his gelato to listening to the music of Bob Marley – just as you never get tired of listening to song after song of this musical genius, you never get tired of tasting flavor after flavor from the counter of Il Massimo del Gelato.
MiMag recommends: Ciccolato allo zenzero (chocolate with ginger), or any of the other 10 chocolate flavors offered in the store.
More Info: http://www.ilmassimodelgelato.it/
Opening hours: Monday Closed, Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-00:00
Top Locations: Via San Prospero, 1
Why: Finding a genuinely noble gelateria close to the city center can be a hard assignment if you don’t know where to go. Look for Ciuri Ciuri, hidden on a small side street from Piazza Cordusio, it is a Paradise for anyone dreaming of indulging on Sicilian treats far away from the actual island. It’s well worth a visit just to admire the beautiful tiles in the roof. And if you don’t feel like gelato on that particular day, they also serve up the crunchiest of cannoli with the creamiest of fillings.
MiMag recommends: La Delizia al Limone- it’s so good it will make your heart sing.
More Info: http://www.ciuri-ciuri.it/
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 08:30-20:30
Top Locations: Via S. Gregorio, 17
Why: The owner of Gelato Giusto, Vittoria, is a graduate from the world’s leading culinary school, Le Cordon Blue in London and has worked in prominent pastry shops in London and Paris. When returning to Milan she wanted to open a gelateria of the same high quality as her previous experiences, and that’s how Gelato Giusto was born. The variety of flavors is not the widest but they change from day to day so there’s always a surprise to be found with every new visit.
MiMag recommends: If you’re lucky the flavor of the day includes Fior di Basilico, and that’s a flavor you really must try!
More Info: http://gelatogiusto.it/
Opening hours: Monday Closed, Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-23:00, Sunday 12:00-21:00
La Bottega del Gelato
Top Locations: Via Pergolesi 3
Why: Located on a side street near Corso Buenos Aires, La Bottega del Gelato offers a retreat from the busy shopping boulevard around the corner. With rave reviews from numerous big-name magazines and newspapers, this place is a must try when looking for the best gelato in town.
MiMag recommends: Go tropical! La Bottega del Gelato offers a wide range of tropical flavors stretching from avocado to star fruit and litchi.
More Info: http://www.labottegadelgelato.it/
Opening hours: Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Sunday 09:00-24:00 (22:00 during winter time), Wednesday Closed
Top Locations: Piazza Cinque Giornate, 4
Why: Gelateria Umberto is the kind of place you would never notice on the street if you hadn’t heard of it before. The sign outside is very inconspicuous and upon entering the gelateria you will notice that the interior hasn’t changed in the last 50 years. Knowing that everything has remained the same is part of its charm, and that tradition is inherent in every corner of the shop.
MiMag recommends: Pompelmo (grapefruit) – because we all know the health benefits of eating grapefruit right? And what better way to boost your health than with a gelato?
Opening hours: Monday Closed, Tuesday-Sunday 14:00-23:00
Officine del Gelato
Top Locations: Viale Montenero, 46
Why: On a sunny day Officine del Gelato offers everything you’re looking for; a wide variety of artisan gelato, kind staff that helps you with your decision if you get overwhelmed by the choices, and a nice place to sit outside the shop where you people watch in the sun whilst enjoying your chilled delight.
MiMag recommends: Mele e Calvados (apple and Calvados) – this flavor combination is popular in many desserts and sauces and now you can even try it in the form of a gelato.
More Info: http://www.officinedelgelato.com/
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10:30-23:00
Top Locations: Viale Col di Lana, 8; Via Mercato, 20; Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 53
Why: In 2008 RivaRena received the prize Migliore gelateria d’Italia (Best ice cream shop in Italy) and that should be reason enough to pay the gelateria a visit. One of the factors behind the tastyness of the ice cream is that RivaReno only uses raw alpine milk from the Stura Valley in Piedmont in their production. This milk has long been considered to be the best milk in Italy so of course the quality of the gelato is reflecting that.
MiMag recommends: Saffron with caramelized sesame seeds – a flavor for a true connoisseur.
More Info: http://www.rivareno.com/ita/
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 13:00-00:00
Top Locations: Via San Raffaele, 6; Via De Amicis, 25; Via Torino-Piazzetta San Giorgio
Why: Did you know that there is a way to take part in something similar to the movie Charles and the Chocolate Factory in real life? It’s true; you just have to enter one of the three CioccolatItaliani stores in Milan – a Paradise for true chocolate lovers. If having just a normal chocolate gelato is not enough, at CiccolatItaliani they will fill your cone with melted chocolate of your choice before adding the gelato, it’s like the indulgence never ends. Well worth a stop to satisfy your sweet tooth.
MiMag recommends: Any chocolate flavor of your choice – they’re all good!
More Info: http://www.cioccolatitaliani.it/
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 07:00-00:00, Friday 07:00-01:00, Saturday 07:30-01:00, Sunday 07:30-00:00