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Giardino Restaurant Opens in Westlake Village Review – Rustic Italian Dining Concept

By Ester Benjamin Shifren

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On November 13th 2014, Giardino Restaurant celebrated its opening in Westlake Village with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A labor of love, the restaurant is the result of the hard work and dedication of Italian owners Giorgio Pierangeli and Matteo Carletti. With a combined 40 years of experience in the Italian culinary and hospitality business, the dynamic duo's collaborative vision to provide authentic, yet refined Italian cuisine, is fully realized with the opening of their first joint venture.





Giardino, meaning “garden” in Italian, was collaboratively designed by owner Matteo Carletti and decorator Robert Escalera. It features an intimate, welcoming 50-seat dining room, complemented with a wall to wall handmade wine rack highlighted with vintage wares, eye-catching handmade fixtures, fresh flowers, and unique antique china. For the al fresco Angeleno, a charming 60-seat outdoor garden, with stunning gazebos and hand-woven basket chandeliers, offers a comfortable, vibrant, and social experience.




"We wanted to create an Italian restaurant that combines the rustic and casual attitude of Italian culture with a level of refinement & quality that both Westlake locals and visitors will appreciate," says Matteo Carletti.

Hot on the heels of his three already successful restaurants, (Oliva, Pecorino, & Local Table), Giorgio Pierangeli states, "Giardino Restaurant will inject dining excitement into the culinary landscape of Westlake Village." At the helm of the kitchen is the charismatic executive chef Francesco Pesce, formerly of Crudo in Santa Barbara, and previous chef of Michelin Starred Locanda Locatelli in London. His Italian Marche roots, and two decades of traditional Italian cooking in restaurants across the globe, naturally inspired much of the made-from-scratch menu.




 With daily specials highlighted on 2 chalkboards, guests can start the night off with an array of delectable antipasti, such as Seppie al guazzetto, cuttlefish in white wine tomato broth, swiss chard and polenta—and, my own first choice—Crudo di tonno, thinly sliced ahi tuna, topped with baby artichoke, crispy pearl onions and spicy scented vinaigrette. I followed this with Pesce Spada, Grilled Swordfish with spinach, and topped it all off with delectable Tiramisu dessert. Everything was delicious, perfectly prepared, and attractively presented.





Thrilling primi plates to include selections of Tortellini bietole e mascarpone, fresh made tortellini stuffed with beets and mascarpone cheese, or Vincisgrassi, a traditional lasagna exclusive to the Marche region of Italy; Secondi offerings ranging from Filetto di Salmone, pan roasted salmon filet with cherry tomatoes and sweet potato puree, Veal Scaloppina topped with Parma ham and sage served with baked eggplant, parmigiano reggiano and wild mushroom. Rounding out the experience, guests should be prepared to enjoy traditionally decadent homemade desserts and an extensively curated wine list, with suggested food pairings.



Giardino Restaurant is bringing Italy’s Marche region to Westlake and represents a love letter home on behalf of Giorgio, Matteo and Francesco.  Looking forward to serving and becoming a part the community’s dining family , they are  poised to deliver the 3 main pillars of fine Italian dining; Buon cibo, buon vino, buoni amici ; Good food, good wine, good friends!


About Giardino Restaurant

Giardino Restaurant is located at 717 Lakefield Road, Suite H

Westlake Village, CA 91361

Open Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm; 5pm to 10pm and Saturday to Sunday 4805pm to 10pm.

Telephone: 805-495-3469











Published on Nov 24, 2014

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