Rebelot kitchen

It’s a nice Friday evening in late March as we walk to Rebelot, situated in Ripa di Porta Ticinese, along the famous canal of the Naviglio Grande (the end heading towards the city).

Naviglio Grande is steadily getting busier with its line-up of great hipster wine bars, pizza restaurants (the traditional wood-fired variety); gelaterie (arguably, the best ice cream is Italian gelato!), cocktail bars (have an aperitif at Banco); and an outdoor craft beer stand. The fresh air captures and carries with it, the laughter, conversations, musical sounds and food aromas of the Italian kind.

Ripa di Porta Ticinese (Naviglio Grande canal)
Ripa di Porta Ticinese (Naviglio Grande canal)

This is a unique landscape within the city of Milan. Known for its iconic Duomo; luxury fashion brands; chic interiors; and superb wine and food.

Which brings us to my first dining experience at Rebelot. A bistro kitchen led by talented chef, Matteo Monti. Matteo and his team create haute cuisine food in good sharing plate portions (think meze or tapas).

The menu changes according to what’s in season. Rebelot also offers a decent wine list from reputable Italian and French wineries. Order by the glass or bottle; and the list is updated regularly by the sommelier.

Rebelot Wine Restaurant, Naviglio Grande Milano

First impressions count, and we are greeted warmly. The red brick interior gives it a rustic, authentic feel and the atmosphere has a genuinely nice vibe about it. There’s no doubt the Rebelot team is talented and keep things moving seamlessly.

The menu is appetising as it is interesting. Here’s what we ordered…

Rebelot – Restaurant Review

Anchovies and chicory
Anchovies and Chicory – light, crispy and full of flavour, the ‘butterflied’ anchovy fillets are brought alive by aromatic spice-dusted chicory…really special!


Lacquered Codfish with Thistle Cream
Lacquered Codfish with Thistle Cream: delicately cooked so the skin retains its full flavour, as the cod sits in a sumptuous anchovy sauce…just delicious!


Calf sweetbreads & Artichoke salad
Calf Sweetbreads & Artichoke Salad: outer shell is crispy with an inner velvety-smooth texture and flavoursome sweetbreads; fresh artichokes perfectly complement the dish to cut through the richness. Lovely idea!


Stuffed Roast Lamb with Chickpea Polenta
Stuffed Roast Lamb with Chickpea Polenta: the beautifully cooked moist lamb simply melts in your mouth…just beautiful and nothing more needs to be said!


Beef Sirloin 'Beppe' style with pepper butter
Beef Sirloin ‘Beppe’ Style with Pepper Butter: Magnificent tender sirloin of 150 grams was just delectable. Personally, I prefer leaving the butter off but this was a mouth-watering combination.


Wines by the glass:

Fiano d’Avellino 2013 (Villa Diamante, Campania)

Aglianico & Piedirosso 2015 by I Cacciagalli, Campania
Teroldego 2015 by Cantina Rotaliana, Trentino

Sparkling water San Pellegrino

Verdict:  Book a table! 

Chef:  Matteo Monti

55 Ripa di Porta Ticinese, Milano, Italy.
Bookings advised Tel. +390284194720


Milan Malpensa to Naviglio Grande (Milan canal area)

At Milan Malpensa Airport jump onto the Malpensa Express train for Cadorna FS train station (ensure you don’t take the wrong Express train to Milano Centrale!). At Cadorna FS change to a short connecting metro train (green line 2) to Porta Genova FS (train/metro station) and you arrive in Naviglio Grande district. Take a taxi if allergic to public transport. Unless you really need a car, suggest you avoid hiring and driving in Milan!


Nhow Hotel, Naviglio Grande / Tortona Area

From Porta Genova train station it’s only a 15 minute walk or so (ask a couple of people along the way) to the well-lit passage which crosses the railway track, and leads directly onto via Tortona (turn left and walk through the roundabout). Just passed The Botanic Club Tortona, on the left hand side, is the converted Nhow Hotel on via Tortona 35.

When I arrive at the hotel, I’m immediately impressed by the art gallery-like exterior installation, interior decor and modern art. I’m welcomed by warm and friendly staff who efficiently check me in.

Nhow Hotel is pure fun for adults – vibrant, creative and intriguing. Highly recommend a stay even for its art gallery-like interior alone. Other notable features are very good breakfast (plentiful, fresh and huge selection). Bedrooms have comfortable beds, good bathrooms, complimentary bottled water and slippers. They also offer free bicycle and umbrella hire too. Nothing is a problem at Nhow Hotel and nor should it be.

Nhow Hotel, Milan Navigli  Nhow Hotel, Milan Navigli

3D Installation runs the length of one external wall leading to the entrance of Nhow Hotel, Milan Naviglio.


Banco cocktail bar

Situated directly across the canal from Rebelot bistro, Banco falls into the small and wonderful category. Perfect for drinks day or night and an aperitif before dinner – with great beats, staff and mixologists. Order a ‘Godfather’…you are in Italy after all!

Photo: Banco


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