Veal Milanese

Veal Milanese with potatoes

Veal Milanese, or Veal alla Milanese (Italian cotoletta alla milanese) is an Italian dish, a popular variety of cotoletta.[1] It is one of Milan's signature dishes, along with risotto alla milanese and panettone. It is traditionally prepared with a veal cutlet although a common variation is made with chicken which is popular in the United States and other English speaking countries and bears the name Chicken Milanese (Italian pollo alla milanese).[2]


Traditional recipes call for a cutlet of veal with "bone-in" that is breaded and fried in butter. The butter is then poured over the cutlet before being served. Modern variations tend to be prepared with a boneless cutlet and lemon juice often replaces butter as a final garnish. One popular variation called the oreggia d'elefant, orecchio d'elefante ("the elephant ear") uses a thinner but larger cut of boneless meat.