The Gang

Eclectic us. A solid Florentine and Tuscan backbone, but supported and infused with the enthusiasm, ideas and passion of world citizens. How very nice to meet you

Giovanni

Giovanni

owner
old style Florentine

a story spinner, ask Giovanni anything about Florence over the last 60 years, and he can probably tell you about it

caterina

Caterina

owner
new generation Florentine

a solution-finder, juggling staff, suppliers’, clients’ and local government needs and requirements

carole

Carole

owner
tough talking New Yorker

head pastry chef with serious views on interior design, tasting her desserts requires silence and concentration

Urbano

Urbano

waiter
originally from Friuli

he knows about white wines and leopard print, and knows how to tempt you to taste just one more dish

Nicola

Nicola

cook
Florentine through and through

a rough exterior, but soft and gooey inside

Blessing

Blessing

kitchen hand
Nigerian with a big Florentine heart

there is no job too big, her big smile at the far end of the kitchen keeps us all going

Dario

Dario

cook
demographically Florentine, but with Neopolitan DNA

supercool, with London experience and ready to experiment

Nicola

Nicola

waiter
from Treviso, but understandably likes Florence better

he understands wines and people, a perfect combination

Claudio

Claudio

waiter
from Sardinia, just a short boat ride away from Tuscany

makes a mean cocktail using his mother’s secret recipe

Priyantha

Pyrantha

kitchen hand
from Sri Lanka relocated to Florence

the man who understands cricket and has managed to explain it to us

Matteo

Matteo

waiter
from Le Marche originally, but Tuscany was calling

if you notice his foot tapping, he’s not impatient – he’s a jazz drummer

Flavio

Flavio

waiter
Florentine 100%

check that physique, he knows that you are what you eat and puts all of us to shame

Giuseppe

Giuseppe

waiter
born in Majorca, but came to study in Florence

a reserved man, whose native Spanish is often called upon in his line of duty

Jonny

Jonny

cook
from Certaldo, almost Florence

a whizz with anything that needs instant blasting over hot coals

Massimo

Massimo

waiter
relocated to Pontassieve from Formia

a brilliant mimic and is merciless in imitating regional Italian accents

Franco

Franco

“in the weeds” cook (ask if you want to know)
from Scandicci

superfast and ice-cool, when the kitchen is under pressure, Franco keeps the team focused

David

David

waiter
from Le Marche. but the call of Tuscany is hard to resist

our resident prof, a literary man and professional translator outside the restaurant

Luigi

Luigi

waiter
he might deny it in favour of Naples, but he’s from Scandicci

his most excellent means of comunication is via recipes, we give him free rein

Douglas Malcolm

Douglas Malcolm

kitchen hand
Sri Lanka to Tuscany, in the fast track

he has a special understanding with Carole and ensures that her ingredients are in her hand before she even asks for them

Franco

Franco

waiter
from Scandicci

we call the big man Francone, big in size and experience with a past spent on cruise ships he is also an excellent barman

Luca

Luca

a multitasker, good in the kichen and dining room
from Scandicci

sometimes we think he could put Usain Bolt under pressure on the 100m

Samuele

Samuele

our “on demand” waiter who helps out when things get busy
from Florence

he is a skilled carpenter in his real life, and often helps us out with mending furniture

Manuele

Manuele

our very own superman
from Certaldo

he bottles our olive oil, ensures that supplies never run low, helps out with Christmas decorations, changes light bulbs and keeps us well-oiled and moving in general

Bernardo

Bernardo