Hg2 : The Hedonist

Da Giacomo

Hovering somewhere between traditional and trendy dining, the family-run Da Giacomo has been a fashionable place for dining out if you belong to the moneyed Milanese – from the fashion industry to finance to family money – for over a decade.

Designed by the late Renzo Mongiardino (the bourgeoisie’s favourite interior designer), its classical elegance is remarkable. Two light, custard-coloured rooms with delicately stuccoed mint panels and pretty cornicing are adorned with art-deco lamps, antique racks of wine, lush foliage and still lifes of food.

The food is resolutely unpretentious and always starts with a messy slice of sardine and caper pizza. It is known best for serving up ample portions of Sicilian fish, all cooked by Giacomo’s son-in-law Marco Monti; the shellfish comes particularly recommended. Service is erratic, but there’s always Mongiardino’s décor – or the clientele – to study while waiting.

Via Sottocorno, 6,
Porta Venezia
+39 02 760 233 13
Opening Times
12.30-2.30pm, 7.30-11pm. Closed Tues lunch and Mon.
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