A true delight in the heart of the Navigli area in Milan, Al Coccio is just one of my favorites. Half-way between a pub and a tavern, Al Coccio strikes for its vintage furniture, a rock attitude, and the fact that your drinks will be served in terracotta cups – “coccio“, in fact, is the Italian word for pottery crock.
The inside of Coccio is rustic and colorful and the staff is very easy-going. The dehors works very well if you want to chill in the summer, even in the middle of the Navigli nightlife, and it is easily enjoyable until mid-November thanks to the outdoor heaters. Not only is Al Coccio one of Milan’s pubs promoting local craft beers, such as Birrificio Lariano and Birrificio Italiano, but it is a decent and honest restaurant. You will find the yummiest paninis and piadinas stuffed with the best ingredients, for example local cheeses and typical cold cuts, as well as the house platters and a few tasty vegan/ veggie options too. Despite what the dish or soup of the day may be, I have to confess I always go for the “chevre chaud salad”!
All in all, Al Coccio is the best spot in the Navigli area to grab a bite and relax with your friends before or after a stroll in the whereabouts. Fun fact, a few of the crock cups were made on the Ghost movie set. Just kidding, I made that up. Don’t tell the guys!