Director & Founder
Hailing from Potenza and a family of cooks, Gianni has been the private chef to one of Italy’s wealthiest families, the Agnelli owners and pioneers of Italian Automobile (FIAT) manufacturing based in Turin. Gianni cooked for the family during their travels and at home, as well as for catered banquets to prominent guests representing a WHo’s Who of Italy.
Gianni started his career in his brother’s restaurant and trained at a hotel school in San Marino while developing his skills in homemade pastas and Romagna-style cooking.
He worked under Chef Gino Angelini at the Grand Hotel des Bains in Riccione then moved to manage and train staff for the famous Rex’s group of restaurants in the United States for venues in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. which earned him a reputation for providing professional consultancy.
On his return to Riccione in 1997, he worked with another of Italy’s most revered and innovative chefs, Gianfranco Vissani at Ristorante Azzurra.
His association with Italy’s rich and famous was established in 1998 while cooking for exclusive resort hotels including Hotel Oberosler, Dolci Hotels and Castello di Montegridolfo. In 2000, he left for Los Angeles to open the famous Osteria Angelini. It was here that his skills were discovered by the Agnelli family – who took him as their personal chef.
Giando Italian Restaurant & Bar established at Fenwick Pier in 2012, has been the first concept restaurant providing premium quality ingredients directly sourced from Italy’s local farms and boutique wineries, ensuring authenticity in every dish.
Chef de Cuisine