Giulio Pane e Ojo
Romans lament Milan’s aloofness. In one of Milan’s best restaurants, the modest osteria romana, it’s easy to see the level of friendliness that they’re used to. There is even a no-menu policy so as to encourage more conversation with the waiters. rnrnA tasty plate of pecorino and prosciutto awaits diners at their table, followed by tipico rustic Roman cuisine, such as saltimbocca and Giulio’s celebrated pasta dishes that follow ancient peasant recipes. rnrnThe restaurant is owned by Davide Ranucci from Lazio, Rome (Giulio is the name of his grandfather, whose farm still supplies the pecorino). There are three warm and cosy trattoria-style rooms – one a new overspill out back to house an ever-burgeoning crowd. rnrnThere are two sittings for dinner: 8pm and a less rushed round at 10.30pm, which is considerably more raucous. Group-friendly (although booking is essential) yet intimate enough for innamorati; hang around for long enough and you might start to think you chose the wrong city.