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The Small

#420 of 5,721 Restaurants in Milan
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Via Paganini Niccolo 3 | Angolo Piazza Argentina, Milan, Italy
0220240943
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: the small; bistrot, tè, infusi, vettovaglie e suppellettili.the small è...
the small; bistrot, tè, infusi, vettovaglie e suppellettili.the small è creatività, cura, stile e qualità. una grande ricerca per un lifestyle internazionale e contemporaneo - via paganini 3(MI)
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
My favorite restaurant in Milan, a real fairytale

I cannot imagine going to Milan and not having a meal, lunch or dinner, at The Small. The owner has created a fariytale of a restaurant both with the atmosphere and the tender love they put in to preparing each course. Reservations are necessary.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Paris, France
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Paris, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I cannot imagine going to Milan and not having a meal, lunch or dinner, at The Small. The owner has created a fariytale of a restaurant both with the atmosphere and the tender love they put in to preparing each course. Reservations are necessary.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If you want to find Italian great food, imagination, creativity, history, culture, hospitality and warmth, inspiration, this is the only place in Milan where you can find them. Let Alessandro help and suggest you your meal and drinks. He truly has a special gift: he understands your taste and who you are with a simple exchange of words. You will... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Great experience!!! Lovely food, lovely place, great decor, funny and very nice people to run the restaurant....I will definetely go back for dinner as soon as I can!!! I wish there were more restaurants like this in Milan. Great value. Well done!!!!

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Milan, Italy
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138 reviews 138 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Can you tell me how you can possibly own a restaurant and decide not to show any menu/prices outside? It's even worse when potential customers come in and kindly ask the owner if they cook pizza and the latter laughs at them, saying he doesn't serve this in a very patronizing tone. This restaurant clearly aims at the upper Milanese... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I have been to many great restaurants and lots of Michelin star restaurants in the US as well as in Europe. Most of them with famous chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Geoffrey Zakarian and Jamie Oliver, Stephen Pyles, etc. Nothing has compared to The Small. It was AMAZING!!! Not because it was the best food, even though it was, but... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I just dined at The Small for the third time. The food was incredible, but that doesn't even compare to the atmosphere or the amazing Alessandro. I had the straticella appetizer - beyond delicious - crusty bread with the freshest, ripest buratta cheese, then topped with the reddest tomatoes I've ever seen,mint, olives, basil, olive oil. Perfection! Dinner was pistachio... More 

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Long time I waited to get a table in this cosy tiny restaurant. A magic place in town. Food is italian and great cuisine. Atmosphere and the owner are just exquisite. If you have the chance to get a table really worth to give it a try! the decoration is really cute!

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Milan, Italy
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10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Lovely restaurant and different from the "normal" restaurants. Everything about it was superb. The owner greeted one of our party as a long-lost friend (which, I suppose, she may have been but I doubt it) and, by the end of the meal, it seems, so were we! The décor is great. Apparently all the pieces of art are for sale.... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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37 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Little heaven of good food mixed with original interior design. One part is showroom with designed accessories and other part is small bistro. Excellent food, huge portions, not to pricey, but then, you are in greater center of Milan. Hosts are very warm and helpful. Because it's so small, reserve your table in advance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

The eccentric decorations might be shockimg, but they are in style. The owners are extremely friendly. Food and wine selections are good. Highly recommend this place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Paganini Niccolo 3 | Angolo Piazza Argentina, Milan, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Milan
  • Phone Number: 0220240943

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 34 - 61
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Description

the small; bistrot, tè, infusi, vettovaglie e suppellettili.the small è creatività, cura, stile e qualità. una grande ricerca per un lifestyle internazionale e contemporaneo - via paganini 3(MI)
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?