For nudists, says owner, not swingers.
The country’s first “naked restaurant” is about to open in Cerro Maggiore, on the outskirts of Milan’s metropolitan area. Diners will eat unclothed, by candlelight, with never a mobile phone to be seen.
The owners’ plan is to try to boost the establishment’s fortunes in times of economic downturn. The naked dinner and dance evenings will initially be only on Fridays, and only with reservation – €50 for members of Anita, the Italian nudist association, and €100 for non-members.
“The initiative is for genuine nudists,” the owner told journalists – “nothing to do with sex or swingers or anything like that.” In fact, he added, anybody caught acting inappropriately would be thrown out. The evenings will be billed as private events, to enable the house to turn away would-be diners with no reservation.
Il Ristorante l’Italo Americano is listed as a fast food diner on TripAdvisor, with currently four enthusiastic marks (“excellent”) vs. three less favourable. The management reported at least 40 reservations for the first “meeting for naturists” on Friday 15 July,
The inspiration came from the Bunyadi naked restaurant in London, where owners claim to have a waiting list for tables of over 40,000 nudists.