Trattoria Il Cormorano takes seafood seriously

The legendary playwright Oscar Wilde once said he couldn’t stand people who didn’t take food seriously. If he were still alive, he would be pleased to know that Milan has no shortage of restaurants which share that exact same sentiment. One of those places is Trattoria Il Cormorano.

Located in trendy Isola, the eatery specializes in seafood – and lots of it. The portions are huge, particularly for the price, and a dinner will likely leave you wanting to sprawl out on the couch with your trousers unbuttoned.


For an appetizer, try the octopus and potatoes sautéed with green beans, tomatoes, cheese, and mint pesto (€13). The octopus is tender, full of flavor, and gorgeously presented.


For the main course, the chef’s seafood risotto (€14) and the garganelli with prawns, scallops, and fried zucchini (€13) are highly recommended. Both dishes are stuffed full of so much seafood that you might have trouble cleaning your plate – even though you’ll want to, because it’s all so utterly delicious.



If you reach the end of your meal and can’t possibly imagine having room for dessert, don’t worry. Something special happens once you step inside Trattoria Il Cormorano.

“Did you know that when you enter this restaurant, a new pocket develops inside your stomach? This is only for dessert,” a jolly waiter told a young couple on a Monday night. “I found mine, see? Just look at me,” he said, patting his sizable belly.

The dessert spread is brought to your table on an individual tray, beautifully arranged in a way that makes the sweet treats impossible to resist. The crema catalana is scorched right at your table.


The limoncello is homemade by an “old man” who, according to the jolly waiter, came in one day and said “I will give you a few bottles of my limoncello, and you will give me a meal.” The owner agreed, so long as the limoncello was as good as the old man promised. It passed the test, and so this special relationship continues.


Address: Via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi, 34

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 television, Sky News, News Corp sites, and MyFox channels. She is based in Milan, Italy.

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