The perfect location exists, you just need to choose the one that suits you, the perfect company exists (even if it’s your own, why not?), so now … all we need is the perfect picnic basket, the one with all our favourite food.
If you’re feeling a tad lazy, or have run out of time to get organised, you can always rely on the picnic professionals.
Erba Brusca: this restaurant with a vegetable garden creates recipes made with home-grown veggies in quintessential picnic-style from their own back yard. All you have to do is book the picnic basket full of tasty zero-miles snacks from the e-shop and pick it up at the restaurant, for a deliciously healthy picnic lunch (25 euros per basket for two people, excluding wines).
Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, 286, 20142 Milano
Villa Necchi alla Portalupa: heading out of the city, a gourmet picnic awaits you served up by the expert chef Antonio Danise who diligently creates gourmet dishes sourced from the local territory. Picnics in the park of the estate are extremely popular on sunny summer weekends.
Villa Necchi alla Portalupa, via Cav. Necchi 2/4, Molino d’Isella, Gambolò (PV)
Ratanà: as the city opened up this traditional restaurant with a modern playful twist decided to take advantage of the joys of summer by creating an outdoor picnic, available from 12:00 to 14.30. A picnic lunch pack accompanied by a delectable selection of cocktails and drinks. All packaging and materials are eco-sustainable and 100% recyclable. Please note: cutlery is not provided.
Ratanà, Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28, 20124 Milano MI
- Rotonda Bistrò: every Saturday and Sunday you can opt for a delicious picnic on the lawn at the Rotonda della Besana. Rotondà Bistrò aims to satisfy all your needs: picnic blankets are supplied along with a basket containing bagels, hard-boiled eggs, vegetable quiche, butter croissants, plum cakes, fruit salad, juice or fruit juice and coffee. A lovely excursion for the whole family that can be topped off with a visit to the adjacent premises that host MUBA, the children's museum in Milano.
Rotonda Bistrò Via Enrico Besana 12, Milano MI
- Picnic gourmet Bulgari Hotel Milano: as the restrictions lift and the city opens up, the hotel has decided to offer their unique Bvlgari Staycations, packages designed to relive the best aspects of daily life that were missed so much during lockdown, comprising the precious chance of enjoying time outdoors. The B.Family experience has been designed for the whole household, providing entertainment and activities for kids and including the option of a wonderful picnic in the garden. For those who need privacy, the hotel offers B.Private, the perfect sojourn with in-suite dining to experience the hotel as if it was your private home. Staying in is the new going-out so guests can enjoy a real Bvlgari-style escape without leaving the city, with a gourmet picnic prepared by star chefs and served under the gazebo or palm leaf parasols in the highest part of the hotel garden.
Bulgari Hotel Milano, Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7B, 20121 Milano MI
- Picnic plus cinema in the El Galet garden: does reclining on a green lawn at sunset to enjoy a good movie in the open-air grab your imagination? It’s both a simple and revolutionary idea: El Galet offers 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' throughout the summer. Leave all your stress behind, there are no queues to pay for the meal as you can order on the app or opt for self-service. Safety regulations are followed and each guest is given a reserved pitch number where they can enjoy the ready-prepped basket with everything they need. All you have to do is relax under the moonlight. If you’re an outdoor cinema fan then Milano is at your fingertips this summer.
El Galet, Via Privata Taverna 2, 20134 Milano MI (reservations info here)