Giovanni and Gabbi
La Toscana is serving classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist
If expertise and experience count, then La Toscana will be a welcome addition to Chiswick’s dining scene. Gabbi, the Head Chef, has cooked in restaurants in Tuscany and London for 30 years and Giovanni, the Manager, used to run Heathrow’s Diplomatic Suite, where his regulars were kings, queens and heads of state. ‘I’d actually retired,’ he admits. ‘But after two weeks, I couldn’t stand it. Now I’m really enjoying working in Chiswick.’
The pair joined forces at La Toscana six months ago. ’Our culinary philosophy is simple,’ explains Gabbi. ‘We want to create authentic, vibrant flavours. We import the finest ingredients from Italy, we make our own fresh pasta and we specialise in delicious fish dishes.’ Giovanni has introduced stylish little touches such as linen table cloths and napkins and the duo has put together a tempting wine list with an excellent choice of house whites and reds.
With daily specials, great value set lunch offers and a wonderfully warm ambience, La Toscana is the perfect party location. Oh, and do try the tiramisu. ‘It’s the best in town,’ smiles Giovanni. ‘It’s my secret Tuscan recipe. I’ve taught Gabbi – but he’s sworn to silence!’
26 Chiswick High Road, W4 1TE
020 8747 9989