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#331 of 4,796 Italian in Milan
#430 of 6,683 Restaurants in Milan
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US$18 - US$49
Italian, Mediterranean, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Zone 8
1.6 km from Monumental Cemetery
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Reviewed December 29, 2019 via mobile

Went here with colleagues, needed a reservation, because the night before it was totally full when we wanted to go. Staff is friendly and helpful, even entertaining. Even the chef came to the table for advice. Pizza margerita as house entree was really good. Risotto...and picanha were nice, tuna with coffee a bit weird.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 17, 2019 via mobile

The food is exceptional, the wine is great, however if you are a foreign tourist, be ready to be treated like a foreign tourist..

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

All the food was perfectly cooked from all fish food to a classic steak. The staff are very friendly and happy to answer any questions about the menu. Recommend it highly

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed September 26, 2019 via mobile

Visiting my daughter who is on an internship in Brescia, with one night in Milan. Well, Cookbook was a 5 minute walk from us, and what a find. We sat down and quickly discovered that there were no menus only blackboards,all in Italian, so we...could have asked, but used Google translate instead, grateful to be in a genuine Italian restaurant. We went for the scallop and courgette risotto, and mushroom pappardelle, the best we have ever had, and we are foodies 😛. We only had room for one main, but had the rib steak, on the bone. Didn't ask how we wanted it, which we were happy about, as they know how to cook their steak (rare) Incredible flavour, melt in the mouth. Followed by chocolat torte, best coffee, and limoncellos. All for a reasonable price. They chose the red wine for us, which was perfect with the food. Go, you won't regret it.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 23, 2019

We arrived with a group of non-Italian speakers (Australian and German!). We just found this restaurant by accident and headed in. We were a group of 9 work colleagues, all with different requirements so we just let our hosts give us a selection of appetisers,...mains and desserts. All were served by our smiling, super helpful and patient waiter who seemed to know just what we needed even when we couldnt articulate. The food was brilliant.....value extraordinary....and to top it off, we were given complimentary aperitifs (limoncello and something like Averna) and sweet treats (in big glass jars). Groaning with food (we even had to leave a few morsels on the dessert plate) and some drinks (water, beers, Prosecco), it cost us about 30 Euro each.....which seemed unbelievable value given the high quality and sheer amount of this beautiful food. A very big thank you to this restaurant for its patience, good humour and extraordinarily good food.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed July 24, 2019 via mobile

we really enjoyed this place where host were smiley, the meals were very good, especially pizze which are one of the best of North Italia !!! Ever !

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 15, 2019

Gorgeous food beautifully cooked with amazing flavour. I brushed up my limited Italian as I knew they did not speak any English so we could understand the menu boards. We had 2 different pasta dishes which were more than enough as a main course -...both seafood and a great bottle of red wine to go with the meal. We did not book but the place was packed with locals. You don't need to go to a fine dining restaurant to taste the best Milanese cuisine at a very reasonable price - €70 for 2 large seafood pasta dishes, water, bottle of wine and 2 desserts. Friendly staff who looked after us as if we were locals. Grazie molto bene!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 8, 2019 via mobile

I really enjoyed the nice atmosphere of the restaurant! We walked in and their menus were in Italian but the staff kindly explained what everything was in English and were very kind. The food was really good and I enjoyed the whole experience.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 26, 2019 via mobile

I’m very often in Milan and like to enjoy good food and drinks. I came here because of all the positive comments and wonderful pictures, I must admit the food here is great, I enjoyed the pasta very much. But if you are a foreigner,...don’t expect that they will take too much care of you. Plus they will offer you a warm red wine and horrible dessert. While the locals can have tiramisu, you will get just horrible taste ice cream... why? Because they have no menu for dessert, so when you ask, it depends on them what they wanna serve you. When I was still eating, they already pushed my table to the neighbor’s table, because apparently two Italian ladies needed more space for their pizza, and the waiters didn’t even ask me before, just a short apology after they did. So I asked directly for the bill and to wait for just the bill took 20 minutes, plus another 20 minutes for them to collect the money and give me the change back. I never wrote bad comments for restaurants, but since this is the worst I ever experienced, maybe it’s a good way to remember.More

Date of visit: June 2019
cookbookmilano, Proprietario at Cookbook, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2019

she is in bad faith. foreigners in our restaurant are treated in the same modom as Italians. the dessert was not to his taste. no one forced her to eat it, she could order tiramisu. we are not racists. she maybe yes!

Reviewed April 29, 2019

I was in Milan for a conference so there isn't a lot of time for shopping around. I found Cookbook was close by and went the first night. Had a fantastic pasta, spicy. The wine was incredible. Neither was overpriced for the quality. This was...my favourite dish there. Second night I went back because I liked it so much. I had a pizza but not the classic kind. It was sort of a salad (Arugula, Mozzarella di buffala, cured pork) inside a pizza crust pocket. Delicious, and wine was again incredible. I had a lemon tart with pine nuts too. Not overly sweet, but very satisfying. Sunday it was closed so third night I went back. Had a massive seafood platter. A bit more expensive but amazing. Came with a little cheese-free pizza which was even better than the main. Only gripe was the Calamari was just barely overdone. Again wine, white this time, fantastic. This is run seemingly by 2 people. I'm not sure that they are a couple or what, but they do a fantastic job. A child was often around so this is a family affair. Many of the people coming in were obviously local and regulars, so if authenticity is your thing, this is where Milanese people eat. Very little English was spoken so you have to say: pasta, meat, seafood and trust them. It's worth it. After every meal I either had freezing Limoncello or another dark liqueur that I can't remember the name of. This was complementary. Often they put a jar of candy on the table to finish off. Very nice customer service. I can't say enough good things about this place. If I come back to Milan in 10 years I'll try to remember it and go back.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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  • Cookbook is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5