Taste of Texas: The Brisket brings BBQ to Navigli

A famous quote by Davy Crockett goes something like this: “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas.” Fast-forward a couple hundred years and you’ll find that America’s second-largest state still has a huge fan base – partly because of its delicious food. The Brisket, located in Milan’s Navigli area, celebrates one of the Lone Star State’s most popular culinary highlights: BBQ.

Boasting cattle skulls at its entrance and throughout the restaurant, The Brisket stands out like a sore thumb among the Italian eateries lining the famous canal.


The entire atmosphere is rustic and laid-back, and could quite believably be situated deep in the heart of Texas.


But just as with any BBQ restaurant, Texan or otherwise, it’s the food that really matters – and The Brisket doesn’t disappoint.


Guests are treated to a small digestif when they arrive, to cleanse their palate for the delicious goodness that waits behind the kitchen doors. Make sure you come hungry, because the old saying “everything’s bigger in Texas” seems to extend to the restaurant’s generous portion sizes.

The smoked pulled pork (€13) is everything it should be – tender, juicy, and served with a hickory BBQ sauce. Use the sauce sparingly, though, because meat this good doesn’t really need additional flavor.


It should go without saying that you can’t go to a restaurant called The Brisket without trying the brisket (€15). It’s equally tasty, equally tender, and equally delicious.


Round your meal off with a side of Texas beans, one of three types of potatoes, or some grilled corn with mustard butter.

You’ll be bursting at the seams when you’re finished, but don’t let that stop you from ordering a slice of pecan pie. The southern treat is homemade, delicious, and highly recommended.


The service at The Brisket is just as good as the food, with smiling waiters and staff. So whether you’re a local, an expat, or a tourist, make this your first stop if your taste buds are getting a bit bored with the usual pizzas, pastas, and piadinas.

The full menu can be found here, and includes delicious meals not featured in this article (such as mouth-watering ribs and cowboy steak).

Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 65


Lynsey Free

Lynsey Free is founder and editor of Postcards from Milan. As a freelance journalist and copywriter, her work has been published on RT.com, RT television, Sky News, News Corp sites, and MyFox channels. She is based in Milan, Italy.

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