The “ aperitivo milanese”
If you go to Milan, you must do an aperitivo: it’s a concept that you find in quite every bar in Milan and in some other places in Italy but it is very typical of Milan. At night, you have to buy a drink and then you have access to the whole buffet provided by the bar. Either the local choose a fix price and you can have the drink you want (either a cocktail, some wine or a fruit juice, I will recommend the alcoholic cocktail which cost the most and is the tradition!) or you choose to pay the drink you want and can eat whatever you like. So basically you just pay a cocktail (between 5 for the cheapest to 10 euros usually) and you get a free dinner!
The quality of the buffet varies a lot from the bars. In some of them you will just find some little foccacia and bread with different salsa, in the best ones you will have a huge choice between pasta, cooked meat, pizza and all Italian delicious specialties!
Basically, the plates are small so either you take two of them (that is when it is very crowded and you have to wait to take the food) or you will return two or three times to the buffet. Do not be afraid of going back, everyone do like that! One time is never enough! I will advise you to try all the thing you want the first time and take the one you preferred when you go for the second time!
If you go to Navigli, there will be a lot of bars which do aperitivo but I suggest you to check out our suggestions to have a better experience!