Monday, February 15, 2016

A Tuscan Villa in London: Restaurant Villa di Geggiano

Villa di Geggiano is both an organic winery in Tuscany and a fancy restaurant in London. Located in the Chiswick district, the restaurant stands out for its wine list, which includes the portfolio of the winery and various excellent Italian wines. The front of the restaurant resembles the old villa in Tuscany, which has been the home and winery of the Bianchi Bandinelli family since 1527. Inside the restaurant, one can also find a beautiful representation of the villa.  



The food is made by highly experienced Italian chefs who showcase all the culinary heritage that Tuscany has to offer. They also make house-made pasta, gnocchi, focaccia and desserts. After having a delicious focaccia bread with extra virgin olive oil, I had gnocchi with saffron and clams. An interesting mix of ingredients that worked well also thanks to the quality of the fluffy gnocchi. Probably a little bit more of black pepper would have it the dish slightly more flavorful. A great pairing is with the estate's rose' wine.


As mentioned earlier, the wine list is one of the restaurants' strengths. I would recommend to order wines from the estate's list. They have very good quality/price Chianti that would pair well also with their chargrilled meats. Also, you can have these wines to take away if you particularly enjoy them.    





The service is punctual and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxing and cozy. Also, the restaurant is spacious and can host various events and meetings. It is open during the week at dinner time and on week-ends also for lunch. I would suggest to finish the meal with a classic Tuscan pairing: Vin Santo and home-made Cantucci, almond biscuits that you can enjoy by dipping it in the wine (Capezzana. Vin Santo di Carmignano Riserva 2008), one of the best dessert wines I ever tried. Rich, with hints of apricots and toasted notes. Alternatively, the dark chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream can be another good alternative to finish this truly Tuscan culinary experience in London.







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