Courting couples looking for aphrodisiacs might get lucky at Tredici Giugno, one of the most romantic places to eat in Milan. Not only does this Sicilian seafood restaurant serve oysters by the bucket, but in the enchanting surroundings of soft lighting, polished wooden furniture and leafy corners, a pianist sings famous Italian love songs.
Failing that, charm your date with the story of the restaurant, which was dedicated to the owner’s father – who was born on 13 June 1913 and spawned 13 children. Saverio, his youngest, opened 13 Giugno in 1986; his English wife Barbara now runs their second branch in Brera (Piazza Mirabello, 1; tel: 02 290 033 00).
Saverio and chef Damiano are both Sicilian, so expect hearty servings of unfussy fish dishes complemented by a Sicilian wine list and Milan’s best-looking grappa trolley. Ever the host, the jovial Saverio serenades the restaurant with ballads; play your ace by making a request.