Santo Giazzi was born in Castelleone, a small town in the province of Cremona.
Despite losing his mother and father at the age of 16, he was blessed with curiosity and a love for life.

Aged 18, he came to Milan, the city that took him in, not without asking for something in exchange. He was lonely and afraid, but he also met some special people.
From the first clothes he bought at Standa to get a job as a door-to-door salesman, to his encounter with the world of restaurants and catering.

He learnt the art of cutting meat and the culture of cooking on the grill from the true Florentine maestros.
Santo began as a waiter, and immediately had the pleasure of waiting on the intimacy of some at times really special diners, from the artist De Chirico to Pier Paolo Pasolini.

These were roaring years, and the challenge was to open a place all of his own, where he could put what he had learnt as a gofer into practice.
It was 1978, and in Milan it was the period of the yuppies, with their fast, non-stop lifestyle.
Just like Santo.

While walking down Via Terraggio one day, he saw a run-down abandoned shop. He saw its potential and made it into one of the most famous restaurants in Milan.
In the meantime, a film with Adriano Celentano, ASSO from 1981, a spin in a Ferrari with Edwige Fenech, meeting the biggest directors and players that Milan’s two football teams, Inter and Milan, ever had.
His story, his experiences, his encounters. Life itself taught him what he still thinks is the real secret of the restaurant business. Making your guests feel at home.

Still now, more than 30 years later, Osteria La Carbonella is his guests’ home from home.


Married Santo when she wasn’t even 20 years old. And their story is still going strong today. Rationality and clever management of the premises and suppliers, but also devotion and love for a restaurant that they have grown up with.


Osteria La Carbonella has been part of the historic heart of Milan since 1978.
Despite its many imitators,
Osteria La Carbonella remains
one of a kind.
Discover the restaurant’s history.

You and Us

Memories are indelible. They define who we have been and what we want to carry on being.
A restaurant lives thanks to its customers and their smiling faces. Look at the Gallery of Osteria La Carbonella’s guests.


Italy. Country of saints, poets and sailors.
We’ve got our very own Santo (Santo means ‘saint’ in Italian!): the owner. While Alessandro tries to be something of a poet and sailor, by telling us about the country and its delicacies.

Via Terraggio, 9 – Milano
Tel. 02 86 18 35

Opening Times

Monday 12.00-15.00 / 19.00-23.30
Tuesday 12.00-15.00 / 19.00-23.30
Wednesday 12.00-15.00 / 19.00-23.30
Thursday 12.00-15.00 / 19.00-23.30
Friday 12.00-15.00 / 19.00-23.30
Saturday 12.00-15.00 / 19.00-23.30
Sunday Closed except for reservations
Open throughout August 2015