This new restaurant in Banilad is home to great Italian home cooking, and with a backstory that will melt your heart. Trattoria da Gianni which translates to “a small Italian restaurant by Gianni,” is the Guidicelli Family’s way of honoring the memory of their partriarch, Gianni Guidicelli, who always expressed his desire to put up a restaurant.
Sadly, time caught up with food-loving Gianni, and he passed away last year, leaving two of his helpers, Antonia and Jean, with no one to attend to any longer. Since then, the idea of putting up a family restaurant has always hung over the head of Gianni’s son, Gianluca. As a result, Trattoria da Gianni was created. Spearheaded by father and daughter tandem, Gianluca and daughter Giorgia Guidicelli promises to serve only the best Italian home cooking with time-honored recipes right from the Guidiceilli’s kitchen. And now, Antonia and Jean have something to take care of now that their beloved Gianni is gone. It’s the family’s way of thanking the two woman who have served them for more than two decades.
The Ambiance and Food
Trattoria da Gianni is casual and unpretentious. The moment you walk in, you’ll already notice the warmness from the servers. Plus, the cozy interiors gives out an even more inviting feel. As per the owners, that’s how guests are received at an Italian’s home – with a warm-hearted welcome.
One thing that sets Trattoria da Gianni apart from opart from other Italian restaurants is that they serve a wide array of bruschettas instead of pizzas. Trattoria da Gianni makes the Italian staple more exciting than usual with the use of premium toppings ranging from parma ham with figs and fresh ricotta, to Taleggio cheese with apricots.
For Italian food lovers, you’d get treated to freshly made pastas with homemade sauces, different kinds of Mozzarella cheeses, a variety of fresh salads, traditional cold cuts and cured meats, premium cheeses, hearty soups, and of course, desserts! The house also serves Gianni’s personal favorites like minsetrone, spaghetti with pesto Genovese, ragu della Nonna and tiramisu.
My top favorites would be the Sautéed shrimp bruschetta, Fresh Pasta with Ragu and the melt-in-your-mouth Tiramisu!
Trattoria da Gianni is located at Crossroads Mall in Banilad. You may contact them at 091778422786 or 09988464996.