Our Famous Guests
President Ronald Reagan
Governor Chris Christie
President George Bush Sr.
President George W. Bush
Owner, Giovanni Gabriele, was invited to the White House to cook for President Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. Giovanni cooked his famous dish farfalline for thousands of dignitaries and guests. Today, 35 years later, Farfalline del Presidente Reagan remains the most popular item on the restaurant’s menu, and their patrons love it.
A Family Affair
Giovanni ’s journey to fine-dining prestige on the Hill began in Sicily, where he was born and raised in a large family of four boys and three girls. He got started in the restaurant business with his brother, Rosario Gabriele, who owned a fine-dining establishment in Sicily.
“I had this dream of owning a restaurant in America,” Giovanni says, a dream fueled in part by his attraction to a girl named Fina Manno, who was a neighbor growing up in Sicily." “Fina went to live in St. Louis with her family,” he says. “After two years she came back to Sicily, and we were married in 1964. Then, together, we came to St. Louis.”
From the start, Giovanni relished the opportunity to share his passion for the fine Italian dining experience with every guest that walked through his doors. Today, 43 years, 3 children, 9 grandchildren, 4 American Presidents and one iconic Oprah Winfrey later, Giovanni, Fina and his entire family continue the tradition of providing a passionate and award-winning Italian dining experience to all his guests.
- Nation's Restaurant News
The Giovanni Gabriele Story
Giovanni has had an amazing career and has been recognized by dignitaries, celebrities and critics for his award winning Italian cuisine. Freshness, quality, and creativity are key elements behind his masterpieces. His charm doesn't hurt either!