About us

Since 1953, A’Riccione has been many people’s go-to trattoria for enjoying fresh fish dishes in the heart of cosmopolitan Milan.
A luxurious restaurant with a warm ambience, A’Riccione’s versatility makes it perfect for both romantic dinners and business lunches. Our team are undoubtedly one of our strengths and are always more than happy to advise you and make your meal one to remember.
At the entrance to A’Riccione, you will be greeted by our fabulous fish market counter which includes the acclaimed Gran Plateau Royal and a wide selection of oysters.
If you share our passion for great-tasting food and drink, you’re guaranteed to feel right at home at A’Riccione.
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Gianni Brera e il Club del Giovedì

Published to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Brera (1919-1992), the book starts from an original suggestion: to describe the “cenacolo” led by the great journalist and writer, who chose this exact restaurant as place of convivial meetings, the so called “Club del Giovedì” (Club of Thursdays”), to gather colleagues, artists, intellectuals, businessmen, famous and not famous people, who used to meet here with Brera. The discussions, in brerian style, were not just about sport or latest news topics, but also cultural, literary, historical and culinary related.
It is a collection of texts – signed by Massimiliano Castellani, Gino Cervi, Marco Cicala (interview with Gianni Mura), Italo Cucci, Andrea Maietti, Luigi Marseille, Salvatore Piconese, Massimo Raffaeli, Claudio Rinaldi, Adalberto Scemma – that describe the mood and the characters of those meetings.

The volume consists of 112 pages 26 x 24 cm format with italian and english texts edited by La Fonda.

The volumes are in limited edition and they can be requested by making a DONATION.
All the proceeds will be donated to CHARITY
For information and reservations write to:
loredana.todini@gmail.com

Our history

In 1953, trattoria A’Riccione, then known as Vecchia Riccione, was opened by the Metalli family of Rome. At the helm of the kitchen was Mrs Lucia, who’s cuisine was largely based on lasagne and tortellini, with just a small section dedicated to fish.
At the time, the people of Milan didn’t have a great taste for what was swimming around in the deep blue sea. However, this trend began to dramatically shift as fresh Mediterranean produce began to make its way into the city’s borders. In the blink of an eye, people’s appetite for fish became insatiable, so much so that A’Riccione decided it was time to shake things up.
And so, in March 19 1955, Tonino, Giuliano and Gino Metalli rebranded the family restaurant to A’Riccione and became Milan’s first restaurant exclusively serving the ocean’s beautiful bounty.
From the famously fried ‘Cloud’ fish , to the marinated sole and barbed sea bass, the dishes were a roaring success and started to attract attention from all corners of the world… But just as twin restaurants opened in Japan and America, Tonino passed away.
As the heart of the restaurant and family, Tonino’s absence was greatly felt and after more than four golden decades, A’Riccione was passed on to new hands.
Brothers Dante and Giuseppe revived the iconic Milanese trattoria in1999, and today they continue to preserve delicious tales of the past while making new waves.

Oyster Experience

The first news on oysters dates back to the Greeks who used them to obtain precious jewels and as a currency of exchange after having appreciated their taste; it seems that oysters were cooked in honey, to which wine and spices were added to obtain a real delicacy. The legend about aphrodisiac power also has Greek origins: Venus emerged from the oceans on the back of an oyster and later gave birth to Eros, God of love. And what about ostracism? A word deriving from the Greek ostrakismós which punished with a temporary exile of 10 years after a vote in which the name of the individual to ostracize was written on a shell called ostraka. Oysters in the past centuries were simply collected without criteria, in a chaotic way, stealing from the reserves until in 1755 the Parliament of Brittany was forced to put severe prohibitions and started a slow regulatory policy to avoid the total depletion of the coasts. In 1860 Victor Coste was commissioned by Napoleon III to study fish farming systems, thus the first parks and the first concessions for oyster farming were born. Even for the Roman emperors the consumption of oysters was so important that they sent the slaves to Brittany to procure the much appreciated mollusc; it was at that time that the fame of the oyster’s aphrodisiac power began to spread.