Gigetto is the epitome of the Venetian cuisine at its highest level. It has been over 55 years since Luigi Bortolini, called “Gigetto” by his friends, after inheriting the old family inn from his grandmother, managed to transform it into a classy restaurant, yet constantly ahead of its time. Today it offers a gourmet menu that enhances the region’s culinary heritage, whilst innovating it according to the finest cooking techniques.
One of the very few families of restaurateurs who, since the beginning of the 20th century, still manage the same restaurant in the original building, with the arrival of the third generation – Monica in the dining room and in the Cellar and Chef Marco at the helm of the kitchen – Gigetto continues to amaze offering the best flavors of Venetian cuisine combined with great attention to the wholesomeness and lightness of the dishes.
Marco, in fact, offers, thanks to important international collaborations source of constant inspiration, an extremely tasty cuisine based on typical products of the territory, such as poultry and game, mushrooms, radicchio, wild herbs. The chef cooks without normally employing oil and butter, using instead innovative cooking techniques that include the use of bases and purees prepared without the addition of dairy products to ensure maximum digestibility.
The cellar (to which we have dedicated an article) is actually a wine museum that, with 1500 labels, really counts the best of the Italian and international wine offer.
The restaurant consists of many atmospheric rooms, each of them differently decorated, that represent a trip into the Venetian social life from the last century up to today. With its cool memorabilia, ranging from the traditional copper pots hanging down from the ceiling to a collection of vintage musical instruments coming from the town band up to the artworks made by local artists, Gigetto’s interior decor is definitely a must-see in Veneto.
Next to the restaurant, there is also the Al Brolo garden which includes a swimming pool, a herb garden, a greenhouse and the Promenade of Love: a dream location, just perfect for any kind of event, that in the summer months also hosts aperitifs with DJ-set.
On the closing day, you can meet Gigetto at the Lovat bookshop or browsing through local flea markets. His many interests and passions have, in fact, led him to create an important culinary library, one of the biggest in Italy, divided by cooking themes. Besides this, he also loves to collect rare or curious objects linked to Venetian history: from old shop signs to antique furniture, such as the confessional that Gigetto, not without great irony, used to house the bottles of vin santo (holy wine) in the cellar.