Villa di Geggiano, Chiswick – Be Transported to Italy Instantly
September 12, 2018
For a true taste of Italy in the heart of leafy Chiswick, Villa di Geggiano is somewhat of a hidden gem.
Set back from the road side, its villa fronted facade – a replica of the real Villa di Geggiano near Siena, immediately transports you to the Tuscan countryside, and as soon as you enter, you’ll immediately be engulfed in a sense of calm, even while being surrounded by other happy restaurant go-ers who all share this fabulous secret.
The original Villa di Geggiano, on which the Chiswick restaurant is modelled, has been the family home of the Bainchi Bandinelli family since 1527. With acres of vineyards producing organic wine which is of course served in the restaurant, the Villa has somewhat of a reputation in Italy as a cultural and creative hub – something which has been captured by its W4 counterpart.
You’ll be seriously impressed by the size of this charming establishment. Beyond the stunning al fresco terrace, lies an opulent, comfortable lounge area which is absolutely perfect for pre-dinner drinks. The dining room itself is breath taking – sparkly and spacious, you can’t help but be impressed by the grand piano, the shimmering glass drop lights and the centre piece, a giant tree created by artist Nic Parnell which can only be described as upcycled branches coated in brightly coloured fuzzy felt, although the coating process was a lot more complex than that!
There’s also private dining rooms and a rock star style apartment above the restaurant for business meetings and professional gatherings with stunning modern, cool interiors, and lots of very expensive art work.
The food is rustic, but with a fine dining twist. As you’d expect, wines are impeccable and if you go for the special tasting menu as we did, you’ll be impressed with the ease at which each pairing matches – courtesy of Villa di Geggiano’s superb sommelier.
Restaurant manager Lukas will make you feel like you’ve been visiting for years, even if you’ve never set foot in the Villa before, while the crowd are stylish and also very welcoming – you can sense most of the guests are regulars who’ve been coming since the Villa opened.
The food is simply stunning. Even with a vegetarian and a carb intolerant among us, we still ate like kings and were suitably impressed with every dish. Stand out dishes from the tasting menu included the Burrata con crema di zucchini e menta – plump and silky, which arrived lying seductively in a pool of vibrant green coloured, perfectly balanced mint and courgette sauce, and the Octopus – perfectly ‘carpaccio’, slow cooked and tender, complimented by a sweet balsamic reduction, and cubes of vibrant Datterini tomatoes.
My main – Free range Scottish lamb cutlets, served with tomato salad was succulent and juicy, served with a Chianti Classico 2012 Riserva, while my vegetarian friend thoroughly enjoyed her Ravioli with orange reduction, minus the duck!
A moscato to finish along with a beautifully light sorbet was a wonderful end to the evening.
Dinner at Villa di Geggiano is much more than just a dinner, it’s a fabulous experience. Go while the weather is still warm to make the most of the outdoor terrace. Highly recommended.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield