Ristorante Antica Osteria La Rampina dates back to the 16th century.
Milan Chamber of Commerce has officially certified the status of Ristorante Antica Osteria La Rampina, a restaurant in S. Giuliano Milanese, as Milan’s oldest restaurant.
The hostelry, which was originally a staging post for travellers needing to change their horse, has been run by the Gagliardi family for the past 40 years, combining traditional Milanese and Lombardy cuisine with a long culinary experience earned in France.
Here is where Josef Radetzky, the Czech-born general of the Austrian army celebrated by the Strauss waltz, rested in 1848 when fleeing the “Five Days of Milan” uprising, with his carriage – stuffed with hay to seem to be a farm wagon – rested in the courtyard.
La Rampina from then on never abandoned its role as restaurant, offering its services along the Via Emilia towards Melegnano with pergola in summer and log-fire in winter. Gualtiero Marchesi, arguably considered the founder of modern Italian cuisine, is said to have enjoyed eating before the fireplace when avoiding the attention of the media.
Lino Gagliardi and his son Luca, today’s hosts at La Rampina, studied at Marchesi’s elbow. Lino’s other son, sommelier Lorenzo, is in charge of the wine cellar, also dating back to the Cinquecento, with its over 800 labels.
The house is proud of its cuisine based on zero-kilometre ingredients, many from their own vegetable plot.