Comfort Food and Luso Italian Fusion Cuisine
$54.40 per guest
$54.40 per guest
I am an Italian food writer and food styler, living in Lisbon since 1988. I would love to invite you to my home and share good food made with top quality ingredients and excellent Portuguese wine. I like making fresh home-made pasta and risotto, with a fusion twist of classic Portuguese food like codfish, octopus, sardines...
My place is between Bairro Alto and Principe Real, very central and very nice area
Ieri sera per la prima volta abbiamo provato un “home Restaurant” Ovviamente c’era un certo imbarazzo subito dissipato dalla gentilezza e naturalezza con cui ci ha accolti Giovanni La tavola apparecchiata con cura in un ambiente molto familiare Abbiamo iniziato con gli antipasti: formaggi. olive. salumi portoghesi. peperoni arrostiti. Ed il piatto forte bignè di baccalà con chutney di pomodori (10 e lode) Piatto principale: Arroz di polpo, ossia polpo con riso (abbiamo tutti fatto il bis) I dolci poi strepitosi Pao-de-lo e la sabbia di Cascais La mia amica che non mangia dolci ha fatto il bis Il tutto accompagnato da vino rosso del douro e vino verde Alla fine Grappa e Porto Grazie ancora Giovanni per la serata fantastica.
I am a menber of bonappetour in Osaka Japan . Through this site, I could find the best host when I traveled to Portugal. First , Giovanni suggested me to meet up with easy way, so we could meet up without any trouble. He was afraid of for me, because I was quite a stranger in Lisbon. He treated me very kind and friendly. In his neat stylish apartment, we started an enjoyable cooking experience. He showed all ingredients which they were very fresh, then we cooked together. He cooked speedy and skillful. Within an hour, he almost finished all preparation. As a same cooking host , I was really interested and learned a lot. During the food well simmered, his friend joined us and enjoy talking. Every moment I felt relaxed and excited. Finally, Giovanni gave us seats in a beautiful table setting room and started our dinner. Serving red wine with cheese and bread, we had a special excellent dinner. ⑴ Marinated boiled partridge and sliced carrot and onion. ⑵ Salad with tuna, boiled beans, sliced small onion and coriander ⑶ Mashed potato and onion soup with chorizo ⑷ Bacalhau stew with sliced paprika, onion, tomato and potato ⑸ Dessert pudding with raspberry and home made cookie & espresso ⑹ At the end Porto wine It was an unforgettable special dinner of our last night in Lisbon. Of course our highlight of this travel! Why can you leave Lisbon without having this exciting experience !? Big thanks for Giovanni and his friend ! Big thanks for bonappetour! Yoshiko(*^^*)
What a great host Giovanni is! We had the best meal of our trip at Giovanni's for sure. He is located very centrally and we walked 15 minutes from our hotel near the Rossio train station. He was very conscientious making sure we knew exactly how to get there by communicating with us in the days leading up to our dinner. Giovanni is a professional in the food industry and dinner was simply amazing. We started with the *best* cod cakes I've ever had. We had tried cod cake elsewhere in Lisbon but nothing compared to Giovanni's. They blew everything else away. He had made fresh foccacia, fresh duck liver pate, grilled veggies with amazing cilantro pesto, and octopus tempura and octopus with rice (traditional Portuguese dish). AND dessert, AND cookies... we were so stuffed! Best meal in Portugal and he is such a lovely host I can't recommend him enough!
Thank you Giovanni; it was a gastronomic experience to repeat :) warm and tasteful atmosphere! The Mediterranean inspiration was always present in the selected menu with "notes" of vegetables and not only.... Congratulations!
Giovanni is a fantastic host, a great chef and an amazing person to hang with, being at his place for dinner makes you feel like being with a friend. He takes such a good care of his guests in every single detail: the styling, the recipies, the wine, the background music...just perfect! He can skilfully mix traditions and cultures and the results is a joy for your mouth, the food experience you will remeber.
I have been Giovanni's guest many time and I have always had amazing dining experiences. From grocery shopping (I was lucky to go with him to the fish market) to the table, dining at Giovanni's is like having a private chef of a 5 star restaurant. Dishes range from traditional to creative: if you are a food enthusiast you can follow Giovanni in his cooking adventures. Wine is always perfectly paired and there is always dessert. Portions are balanced so that you will have all the courses without feeling that you have sinned too much. Unfortunately I live in New York, otherwise I would probably ask him to host dinner every night!
I'm Filipino and based in Dubai. I have been living abroad for almost 15 years. My line of business allows me to choose the best restaurant, the best clubs, best venues in UAE for my clients. It made me a critic for all related stuff to hospitality. To its extent to food and drinks. My work and my passion to travel has brought me to explore, if I am not mistaken, 70 countries already. Not much, but substantial enough for me to claim my best cities. And this is based on my personal criteria which is the landscape of the city and the local attributes. Whenever I visit a city I have 3 main goals to achieve; 1) the first and foremost, to explore the sights and sounds, 2.) the night life, and 3.) the food. I met Giovanni through a friend and I was acquainted that he has been into cooking or food related passion. He is Italian and has been living in Lisbon for so long. I have visited him several times whenever I am in Lisbon and here you go... this Italian hospitality always bring us to the table. Mind you, from a casual dining to a very elaborated dining experience, Giovanni always amazes me with his continuous exploration of different recipes. It may be of generalization but I think a bigger part of his cooking influence is his Italian ancestors - what can i say more. Of course, you can't go wrong with pasta, cheese, and the minimum 4 course menu when you are at his home. But I think the twist is greater, having lived in Portugal for so long makes him more versatile and explorative in his cooking. I considered Portugal as one of the places that you can eat proper food, I mean, lots of variety and choices. It is probably one of my top three in Europe. Giovanni has got this flare of picking up and enjoying what is local cooking. The exposure to different variety of cooking, real cooking, so to say and the inherent passion makes this guy up for a go-to experience for a local mixed with Mediterranean cooking when you are in Lisbon. And wait, good food always come with great wine - Italian and Portiguese? To die for...can't wait to visit him again soon!
Sono stata più volte a cena da Giovanni quando non aveva ancora intrapreso questa nuova attività, e mi ha sempre colpito notare la grande cura che dedica ad ogni dettaglio, e non solo riguardo alla preparazione del cibo ma anche nell'apparecchiare la tavola e nell'accogliere l'ospite e metterlo a proprio agio. La sua cucina è una piacevolissima esperienza perchè Giovanni non solo cucina molto bene, ma crea i suoi menu con mano sicura e fantasia, e tutto questo grazie alla solida preparazione che gli deriva dall'occuparsi in maniera professionale di food styling e dall'essere autore di libri di cucina (uno di questi, per dire, mi ha fatto scoprire mille nuovi modi di cucinare il baccalà). Se solo Lisbona fosse un po' più vicina a Torino saremmo certamente tra i frequentatori più assidui del suo home restaurant!