Since eating is a big thing in Milan, many dinners can take a long time, and the resturants don't rush you. In most places you need to ask for the check, or you will be their all night. But sometimes its a good thing to just hang out after you are done with dinner.
Italian meals are quite a production. Don't eat too much appetizers and bread or you'll never get to the end of the meal. Remember, there's pasta coming, then the meats, then more bread, more wine, more dessert, more fruit...more more more!!! Hey, I'm not complaining, ok? I love food!
The most amazing habit of youngster in Milan is the 'aperitivo': it's an happy hour (18.30-21.00) well accompanied to a massive buffet of tasteful foods. Almast all the pubs and bars offer this service. And follow my suggestion: Milan is the best place in Italy where to have a GREAT COCKTAIL!!!
Excellent idea. Everydays in lot of pubs between 6.30pm and 9.00pm. You buy your beer and you can take food on a table. It's absolutly free, very good and lot of differents things like salad, sausage, toasts, etc...
I think this is something that Americans struggle with when in Milan, and much of Italy. People eat dinner late here. It's not uncommon to sit down to dinner at a restaurant at 10 or 11pm. Most restaurants don't even open until 8 or 9pm. This is actually pretty nice, once you get used to it, because having dinner can be your whole evening's entertainment!
Cappuccino and other elaborate coffee drinks are usually just consumed in the morning. After about 11am or so, people just drink coffee or espresso. I favor espresso, as it gives you that little kick you need without getting filled up.
We finished one of our meals with a taste of one of the local liquors, Lago di Venere Pantelleria, sweet after dinner drink made from the Moscato grape.
Three locations or this "historic" bars where Milanese drink something... the "healthy" way...
Try their ice-creams too!!!
So you've finished all the delicious meat surrounding the bone, but don't forget about that delicacy in the middle! Use your spoon and scoop out the marrow. It melts in your mouth!