Italy Wine Country - Milanese Moment

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dagiacomo.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

Occasionally you find yourself dining in an establishment you can just tell is rather famous. Such was the case at da Giacomo in Milan, where we had dinner our final night in the northern Italian city. With its cozy-elegant décor, bevy of stylish patrons (which included an exotic-looking model at the next table), and delicious fare focused on seafood, the spot oozed the kind of atmosphere you seek out in big city dining, but don't always find.
Indeed, it's a rare combination, and one da Giacomo - which enjoys a reputation as one of the more difficult-to-get-into restos in Milan - possesses it in spades.  Designed by renowned interior designer Renzo Mongiardino, the space has been known to draw the likes of Georgio Armani and Dolce and Gabbana, who presumably tuck into the trattoria's signature Tuscan fare on breaks from being fabulous in the nearby fashion district. Our evening began with Champagne, natch, and progressed through a heavenly procession of seafood that culminated in an enormous platter of expertly fried shrimp and calamari.  Bottom line: This spot is not to be missed, though booking in advance is essential.  After all, you wouldn't want to miss sitting next to Armani on account of not having a resi.   

Pictured:  Us having pre-dinner Champagne (aperitivo!) at Da Giacomo

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