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.