Meet Our Chef
After qualifying in 1984 at VILLA DELLE ROSE catering college in the Campania region of Italy, Giovanni began working at the prestigious 5 star Torre Oliva Hotel situated in the Gulf of Policastro.
He moved to Edinburgh in 1985 where he worked at Cosmo restaurant in Castle Street until 1990. He then moved to take the position of Head Chef at San Marco Restaurant in Stockbridge. After many years of catering experience, Giovanni decided to venture out and open La Bruschetta Restaurant in August 2002.
” With an emphasis on fresh seafood and fish, local produce is sourced where possible to create seasonal variations in the A la Carte and Menu del Giorno, all complimented by an extensive exclusively Italian wine list. “
” With a wealth of experience working in Italy and Scotland, and a large local following, chef Giovanni takes fresh local produce and creates menus that change with the seasons, specialising in fresh fish and seafood which is delivered daily. When we visited, the daily specials board boasted langoustines, scallops in a delicious sauce served with warm fresh bread, and sea bass cooked in rich lemony butter with sautéed potatoes and rosemary. The menu del giorno was a delight, offering choices such as fresh mussels with garlic and black pepper, mixed bruschetta paired with beautifully seasoned tomatoes, and filleto di pollo Nostrano: succulent chicken fillets pan-fried in green peppercorn, whisky and cream sauce. Desserts included delicious crème brûlée with rum and Grand Marnier, and a warming fig and nut tart made with Vin Santo.. “