Ristorante da Gigetto (from the nickname of his founder), on the basement floor, hides one of the most picturesque wine cellars in the world that, with over 1,500 labels and 36,000 bottles, includes 38 types of Champagne as well as the largest selection of Pinot Noir of the Region consisting in the best French wines but also in new labels from Trentino and Tuscany.
In addition to the most prestigious wine labels, the cellar also houses an important selection of excellent spirits, such as the traditional grappa, a grape-based spirit usually served as an after-dinner drink.
Gigetto’s great passion for wine goes back to the 1960s when he inherited the cellar from his grandmother and decided to start importing bottled wines from France; an absolute novelty at that time in Italy when wine was used to be sold only in barrels.
The founder’s precious wine collection continues today thanks to his daughter Monica (the other son, Marco, is the very skilled Chef of the restaurant) and Roberto, the head sommelier. The ongoing research of Monica and Roberto, always “on the hunt”, allows them to discover new labels from different continents; from Provence to New Zealand, from sunny California to Germany, every year the best international wines can be tasted right here!
The antique cellar-museum develops into a series of small rooms, niches, and galleries that delight the visitors’ eyes with unique decorative memorabilia. Related to both the art of viticulture and Venetian history, they have been assembled over the years by Gigetto who is also a passionate collector of unusual objects and antiques.
Every object of the cellar has a story to tell: from the very rare table obtained, including legs, from a single giant tree trunk, to the old advertising signs and jokes hanging on the walls, up to the antique furniture, such as the confessional that Gigetto, with great irony, he used it to house his collection of vin santo (holy wine) bottles.