The cafe started under the name "Fashion cafe" back in the day. I'm curious how things have changed since those days. "First it was hard to get ingredients. I thought, when I came from Italy, that Estonia has a great variety of fish. The sea is so close from here. I thought we just go fishing But it didn't work like that. Some weeks you got the product you ordered, some weeks you didn't. It was hard to plan a menu if you can't be 100-percent sure you get the ingredients," Costantino thinks back.
Gianni has been running for twelve years now. Before Costantino came to Estonia and started with Gianni, he had his own restaurant in Berlin. When Gianni started to bloom and more clients found their way here, Costantino decided to sell his restaurant in Berlin and fully dedicate him to Gianni and Estonia.
Passion Passion Passion
At first Costantino was more focusing on building the restaurant, creating strong service standards, but eventually the road took him back to the kitchen. Now he's been working in Gianni as the chef de cuisine eight consequent years. That's an eternity by any standards used in the industry.
One must have an extremely good employer and a passion for the work. Elen confirms that they literally have to chase him out every now and then to have a day-off: "He's among the first to come in the morning and last to leave in the night." But chef Veglianti has days 'off. Well, sort of.
Apart from running the kitchen, Costantino is also a true wine enthusiast, taking pleasure and responsibility in creating the wine list for Gianni.
He finds himself often back in Germany for winetasting's, looking for those rare treasures and bringing them back to surprise and satisfy even the most demanding customers.
"Our wine list is almost 100% Italian with a few classics from France and the ones we bring our self, you can only find in Gianni". This makes Gianni a peculiarity among restaurants since it is somewhat an oddity to have the chef involved in planning the carta de vinos. Nevertheless, it is something that differentiates and shows tremendous passion from the chef's side.
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