Milan, known internationally as the capital of fashion and design, also emerges as a pulsating hub of Italian dining. This metropolis, through its vibrant culinary scene, reflects an innovation and passion that few other cities can boast. But beyond the hype and bright lights, what are the hard facts that underscore its pre-eminence in the culinary scene?
In the global context, 2022 saw the foodservice market reach an impressive 2,525 billion euros, marking a 14 percent growth over the previous year. In this rapidly changing scenario, Milan stands out with its 8,119 restaurants and mobile foodservice businesses, representing a remarkable 5.2 percent of the Italian landscape. These numbers, however, are only the tip of the iceberg of a much deeper and multifaceted story.
The year 2023 witnessed a Milan in gastronomic ferment. New openings, such as Tommaso Arrigoni's Innocenti Evasioni and Sadler's restaurant in Brera, have reinforced the city's reputation as a center of culinary excellence. At the same time, some closures have underscored the competitive and challenging nature of the industry, where innovation and excellence are essential to emerge.
In addition to market trends, it is essential to consider the audience. With a population of 1,354,196 in 2023, Milan is inhabited by a diverse demographic of discerning consumers. The income distribution in the city indicates a population with a fair amount of purchasing power, ready to invest in quality dining experiences.
This study provides a clear and in-depth view of the Milan restaurant market, outlining opportunities, challenges and emerging trends. The insights offered are invaluable for industry players, investors and anyone wishing to understand the dynamics of one of Europe's most influential gastronomic markets.
1.2 The global restaurant market
The global foodservice market has shown signs of growth and recovery recently. In ****, the global foodservice market reached a total value of *,*** billion euros, a growth of ** percent over ****. The Asia Pacific region accounted for ** percent of the market, while Europe was the fastest-growing region in the ****-**** period, with a ...
1.3 The Italian market
Number of enterprises:
As of December ****, there were ***,*** active businesses in the restaurant industry in Italy. During the year, *,*** businesses started operations, while **,*** stopped operations, leading to a negative balance of -**,***. During the fourth quarter of ****, confidence in the industry rose to ***.*, registering a **-point increase over the same period ...
1.4 The market in Milan
Of the more than *** thousand restaurants and mobile food service businesses in Italy, *,*** (***).[***] Assuming a similar share in ****, we can go on to estimate the value of the restaurant market in Milan for this year.
New openings and closures in Milan in **** indicate a vibrant but also challenging restaurant scene, the ...
2.1 Demographic characteristics of Milan
Demographic indicators (***):
Population by age group Milan metropolitan area, ****, in numbers Businesscoot elaboration on Istat data
Population by age group Milan city, ****, in number Businesscoot elaboration on Istat data
Average income by amount class (***):
Income class Number of people % * - **.*** ***.*** **% **.*** - **.*** ***.*** **% **.*** - **.*** ***.*** **% **.*** - **.*** ***.*** **% **.*** - **.*** **.*** *% **.*** - ***.*** **.*** *% ***.*** and more **.*** *%
Persons seeking employment ...
According to the Bank of Italy's survey of international tourism, spending by foreign travelers in Italy more than doubled in **** compared to the previous year, returning to close to pre-pandemic levels; in real terms, however, it is still nearly ** percent lower. Spending by Italian travelers abroad grew by a similar ...
2.3 Web analysis: Milan residents' interest in restaurants
Analysis of Google Trends data shows some seasonality in the interest for the search "Milan restaurants." Interest seems to peak in the winter and spring months, with a slight decline during the summer, and then rises again in the fall. However, since June **** there has been a decreasing trend, ...
3.1 The market structure
To analyze the structure of the restaurant market in Milan, structural data of the industry in the metropolitan area of Milan are considered. In particular, the following are analyzed:
The trend in the number of businesses over the past * years The trend in the number of employees over the past * years The ...
3.2 The delivery
food delivery in Italy is steadily increasing, as evidenced by data on B*C eCommerce purchases in the Food&Grocery sector from **** to ****. Starting from a base of €*** million in ****, we have seen steady and exponential growth year after year, reaching an impressive figure of €**** million in ****. The most significant jump ...
3.3 The geographical distribution of restaurants
The geographical distribution of restaurants in Milan reflects the cultural and demographic diversity of the city, as well as the variety of tastes and culinary preferences of its inhabitants and visitors. At the top positions we find:[***]
Zone *, which includes central districts such as Cordusio, Brera, and Sant'Ambrogio, appears to have ...
4.1 The main Milanese restaurants
Other popular restaurants:
4.2 The prices
The Consumer Price Index (***) for restaurant services in Milan showed an increasing trend from **** to ****. The most significant increase occurred between **** and ****, with the index rising from ***.* to ***.*. This trend indicates an increase in prices in the restaurant sector, reflecting the economic impact of the COVID-** pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and ...
The main laws regulating catering in Milan are:
Legislative Decree No. ** of March **, ****: which implements Directive ****/***/EC on services in the internal market, regulating the access to and exercise of service activities, including catering activities.
Regional Law of February **, **** No. *: of Lombardy, concerns the moral and professional requirements for the exercise ...
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