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Home in a dish

Friday, May 20, 2016

US Beef Tenderloin (Foto by Chelzee G. Salera)

FOOD is home for people who are often away on many adventures. Packed inside their hearts is the unmistakable taste of homemade food that will always assure them that home can be wherever they are.

To honor the memory of their patriarch—Gianni Guidicelli, who has always expressed his desire to put up a restaurant—the Guidicelli family, spearheaded by the father and daughter tandem, Gianluca and Giorgia, decided to open up a restaurant. Named Trattoria da Gianni, it means “a small Italian restaurant by Gianni” which offers sumptuous homemade Italian recipes.

The love for food which runs in the blood of the Guidicelli family, traces back to Gianni who was born in Northern Italy, the father of Gianluca and the grandfather of Georgia, Matteo and Paolo. And having fallen in love with the Philippines ever since he moved into the country in the late ‘70s, Gianni never left until he passed away last year.

According to Gianluca, Gianni always preferred home cooking to eating in Italian restaurants and their homemade meals were prepared every day by Antonia and Jean, their two Cebuana caretakers who have served the family for more than 20 years. The existence of the restaurant gives Antonia and Jean something to take care of now that their beloved Gianni is gone. Making them part owners of the restaurant is also the family’s way of thanking the two women who have served them for more than two decades.

As they share their home to Cebuanos, Trattoria da Gianni features exciting Italian dishes with freshly made pastas, homemade sauces as a personal signature, different kinds of mozzarella cheese, a variety of fresh salads, traditional Italian cold cuts and cured meats, premium Italian cheeses, hearty soups, and of course, delectable desserts. The menu also indicates which dishes were Gianni’s personal favorites. Some of these include the minestrone, spaghetti with pesto Genovese, ragu della Nonna (spaghetti with tomato meat sauce and Parmiggiano Reggiano) and tiramisu.

Trattoria da Gianni is located in Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City. And as the Guidicellis welcome Cebuanos into their Italian kitchen, Cebu just got closer to Italy.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 21, 2016.

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