Eating out in Milan is an expensive pastime so it's always good to find a refreshingly good-value option, especially one hidden under the colonnades in pricy Piazza del Duomo right next to the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II. Motta is a self-service restaurant and espresso bar with a fast turnaround (owned by the pan-European catering conglomerate, which have several outlets in Milan, so the company must be doing something right). All the branches have the same format of food stations with hot dishes such as pasta, meat dishes, and pizza, plus self-service salad bars, snacks, sandwiches, and conveniently sized mini-bottles of wine. There's a great range of fruit tarts and chocolate pastries, too. Yes, it gets slated and no, it's not haute cuisine, but the food is cooked from scratch daily and prices are quite remarkable for the district. You can even sit outside slap-bang next to the majestic facade of the Duomo.