If you love the idea of having a leisurely meal in a farmhouse or Cascina, based on seasonal zero-miles ingredients and in a rural setting, then do not miss out on the numerous farmhouses in Milan and its surroundings that serve traditional recipes. High quality zero-miles products are there to be savoured in a peaceful, quiet atmosphere. Have a look at some of the best.
Cascina Cuccagna in Porta Romana is one of the most famous and popular farmhouses right in the heart of Milano: a wonderful place for socialising.
An abandoned eighteenth-century farmhouse has been renovated for public use and, in addition to a well-known restaurant, it hosts a weekly Farmers’ market selling local produce. The evocative courtyard and interior spaces also host a guesthouse, perfect for welcoming your visiting friends, a charming flower shop and a creative cooking workshop.
The eatery serves traditional Italian dishes with a contemporary touch, made with fresh, seasonal, high-quality and, whenever possible, organic raw materials.
Cascina Torrette - Mare culturale urbano
Mare culturale urbano, in the vicinity of the San Siro stadium, is an authentic community cultural hub, great for those summer evenings outdoors. The 17th century building has been transformed into a welcoming space with a strong artistic vibe and social vocation: the farmhouse has forsaken its original agricultural function and acquired a vibrant new identity.
Drinking and dining here makes you feel at home while at the same time you are supporting social and cultural projects.
If you’re in the mood for arthouse cinema, concerts, DJ sets and aperitifs, craft beers, genuine traditional Mediterranean cuisine featuring seasonal products, artisan bread and pasta made in the farmhouse and delicious Neapolitan pizzas then look no further.
Cascina Gaggioli has a typical farmstead layout with a square courtyard that hosts a small agricultural business growing certified organic rice, corn, wheat and other cereals, all of which can be purchased in the farm shop along with the cascina’s pedigree homebred beef.
The farmhouse is located in Parco Agricolo Sud, in the Via dei Missaglia area, and is the perfect place for barbecue lovers.
The cascina supplies dining tables and barbecues to customers upon reservation.
The farm shop is open on weekends selling meats, cheeses and organic vegetables: you can cook them yourself on the spot on your own BBQ. Cutlery, glasses and all condiments are also provided.
Heading south from the city, 20 minutes from Milan, you will find La Rampina, a well-known farmhouse that vaunts a sixteenth-century heritage restaurant.
It is a treasured location, much appreciated both for business meetings and for weddings and family anniversaries, in a country setting. The chefs - Luca Gagliardi and his father Lino - serve a well-balanced menu culinary menu of Milanese, Lombard and regional traditions with a contemporary elegant twist.
Immersed in the greenery of Parco della Martesana, north of Milan and overlooking the banks of the naviglio, Cascina Martesana has become a very popular meeting place for culture, socialization and food in this city area, now increasingly identified as NoLo (North of Loreto).
Platters of cold cuts are always available, or else - if you are provided with a membership card - you can organize a barbecue by booking a table and using one of the six grills that are available for guests.
Cascina S. Ambrogio
This farmhouse is also located south of Milano, a few kilometres past Gaggiano, and if you feel like spending a pleasant Sunday at a safe distance from the stress of the working week in the city, surrounded by farm animals and immersed in greenery, this is the perfect place for you.
Winner of an episode of Alessandro Borghese’s popular 4 Ristoranti TV programme, this farmhouse specialises in genuine, authentic food.
Cascina Guzzafame is a farm that has dedicated itself to organic cultivation of wheat and flour, vegetable production and dairy cattle breeding for over 30 years.
The large cascina organizes a variety of activities for adults and children, including a didactic farm, yoga lessons and pet therapy sessions with donkeys.
The large country restaurant's halls are in an elegant rustic style and classic recipes of the Lombard tradition are lovingly cooked using 100% self-produced ingredients that are also on sale in the farm shop.
Set in the Parco del Ticino at Ozzero, the cascina is a few kilometres from Vigevano and Abbiategrasso and very close to Morimondo with its evocative historical abbey. The farmhouse specialises in the production of milk, which is partially processed in the in-house dairy. The characteristic restaurant serves its own farm products - milk, cheeses, cereals, eggs, meat and vegetables - that are artfully transformed into tasty dishes. Guests can opt for lunch in the old renovated barn (90 seats) or on the veranda (40 seats).
25 km from Milano, Cascina Pietrasanta is the perfect farmhouse to spend a few days of pure relaxation outdoors, enjoy local products in a beautiful and peaceful environment immersed in the Ticino valley.
The characteristically rustic interiors are available for hosting ceremonies, business meetings and parties. The farmhouse kitchen offers a wide range of typical products from the Ticino valley and a vast selection of local ingredients.
Among the specialties on offer are top-quality meats and sausages produced by the cooperative, which are also sold directly to the public in the farm shop. The interior of the main courtyard is a large green space with a fully-equipped children playground.
Oasi Ca’ Granda
The origins of Oasi Ca’ Granda trace back to those of Milan’s ancient Ospedale Maggiore, now the City Policlinico, or General Hospital.
Founded in 1456, it was affectionately called Ca' Granda from the start, as it welcomed everyone and cared for all, especially those most in need.
Popes, nobles and commoners bestowed a great many fields and farmhouses to Ca 'Granda. These were rented to support free medical treatment and were farmed to feed patients, orphans and the poor. A unique legacy, defended over the centuries from urban settlements to preserve its original identity. The Ca 'Granda Heritage Foundation has taken care of everything since 2015, committed to enhancing the agricultural, environmental and cultural value of the heritage it has been entrusted with: 8,500 hectares of land, 100 farmhouses, three churches and an abbey, Mirasole.
Choose your experience in the Oasis territory, between the Ticino and Adda valleys.
You can savour the countryside’s best through a genuine and authentic experience in the inns, farmhouses and restaurants of the Ca 'Granda Oasis.
The farmhouses in the Ca 'Granda Oasis offer the opportunity to purchase on the spot 0 km products: wholesome, good food, the sale of which helps small local businesses.