Chef and Owner
Raised in the town of Ripi, Italy, and surrounded
by some of the best food in the country, Giannino’s love of food and cooking commenced at an early age. Under a steady diet of Italian home cooking,
it wasn’t difficult for Giannino to realize that fresh and simple was, and still is, the only way to enjoy food. Since moving to Fairfield County in 1972, Giannino has embraced the restauranteur mentality. He started his culinary career at a family restaurant, Luigi’s Restaurant in Fairfield, working in preparation. 6 months later he was promoted to sous chef, and in the spring of 1975, Giannino, along with his wife Nancy, purchased the restaurant. This was the turning point in his career, and the days which he recalls as the most important in his culinary experiences.
A perfectionist at heart, Giannino made it his life’s goal to refine traditional and innovative recipes, and with the combination of careful research, practice, and commitment, he has been able to create a delightfully mixed repertoire of dishes.Under his leadership, Luigi’s Restaurant
won 6 awards of excellence for food, and has created a loyal following of customers that have been frequenting the restaurant for over 30 years.
In 2004, hungry for new challenges and for an opportunity to pass some of his experience and knowledge to his children, Giannino, along with son, daughter, and wife, opened up Trattoria Ponte Vecchio, an elegant yet casual Italian eatery in Fairfield Center. In over 30 years, Giannino has never strayed very far from his roots back in Ripi, Italy, believing that simple and fresh are the key to delicious cooking. He has also never forgotten his commitment to learning, and after 30 years still reads recipe books and magazines before going to sleep. However, when asked what his secret for success is, Giannino, with a big smile, says it is his wife Nancy and his children Paolo and Michela.