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U Giancu

Via San Massimo 78, 16035, Rapallo, Italy
+39 0185 261212
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (10 reviews)
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Via San Massimo 78, 16035, Rapallo, Italy
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Whilst on a two week tour of the Tuscany, Liguria & Piedmont Regions, I was researching to find a Cookery Course.... Whilst staying in Santa Margherita, found a restaurant called U Giancu offering what is described as "Cooking together." I sent an email to enquire,...More

Thank NDFarmer01
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Dear NdFarmer01 thanks so much for enjoying our company, our kitchen and our food and wine. I also remember it as a very pleasant morning. Hope to see you again some time. thanks a lot for your recension. bye from Fausto

Reviewed 26 June 2017

Six of us visited. All agreed that the food was delicious and so fresh. We were made very welcome on arrival and the owner helped us with the menu which was all in Italian. The only down side for us was that this was a...More

Thank Ellie N
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

Hi Ellie sorry agian for the long wait. Hope to see you again. Bye from Fausto

Reviewed 26 May 2017

When your 7 years old asks you dad please try the pasta, it's tasteless! you know you are in for the wrong treat... First with the Pros: Excellent family ambient, service is good, good entertainment for kids. Cons: We ordered the salad, spaghetti with tomato...More

Thank Samual98
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Dear Samual98 please just focus on your brain. In case you ....... one. I don't need to hear from you either. This is all I have to tell you. Answering is a must for me always. This time MORE. Fausto

Reviewed 16 May 2017

U Giancu is a very popular restaurant, situated in the hills of San Massimo, as short distance from Rapallo. The exuberant owner makes the rounds of the tables, changing cap every few minutes. Good Ligurian cuisine, but the service is so-so and the prices are...More

Thank Tuxilla
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Hi Tuxilla thanks a lot form the exhuberant owner of the so so service U Giancu!! Cairo and thankyouuuuu! Fausto

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I visited U Giancu with my family, because out Airbnb host recommended the place. It opens quite late at night (20.00), which is the only not no good thing I van think of. We got the best service ever! The staff spoke good English (not...More

Thank murigga
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

hi murigga thanks so much for the wonderful recension you wanted to write for us. it really has been appreciated by all of us. Ciao from Fausto

Reviewed 5 February 2017

That's a very interesting restaurant , a guiding theme "Comics" from all perspective , you could find everywhere very famous stories from all the most well known Comics .Talking about their menus , it is a ground menu with very good dishes well assembled ....More

Thank stefano_pittaluga
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2017

Dear stefano_pittaluga ..... well I actually feel rather strange writing to a Pittaluga in english rather than in genoese, but i rteally am happy to see how you appreciated everything you had at U Giancu. Thanks so much and see you soon again than. Ciao...More

Reviewed 15 October 2016

A bit hard to find even using a GPS navigator but worth the trip. Your kids will love it. This place is like a living comic strip with cartoon art everywhere but the food is no joke! Classic Ligurian meals means use of a lot...More

Thank salEdawgz
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Hi salEdawgz what to say if not thank you so much for wanting to find us even if that was not really easy! Hope to see you again one day. Ciao from Fausto

Reviewed 7 October 2016

Its my favorite restaurant in the world, jaust the best italian food you can get, freshly prepared by Fausto and his fantastic crew

Thank Andi P
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2016

Dear Andi P we surely are not the best restaurant in the world but knowing that we could be that even if just for you makes me really really happy!!! Thank youuuuuuuuuu! ciao Fausto

Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I went There with my wife and sister Very Good choice (even if not exceptionally large) of food in the menu..but we are not on the promenade and it is not a restaurant for mass tourists so i agree that the list must be concentrated...More

Thank Marco M
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2016

Ciao Marco M I am very happy to read your beautiful recension. I appreciate all the you wrote. Hope to have yuou back soon. Fausto

Reviewed 13 September 2016

Very nice and friendly place. Not easy to find but worse it. Design is fresh and funny. Cosy family place. Good service, lovely food, nice choice of wines. Cool local beer.

Thank sergeykI6312UN
Fausto O, Proprietario at U Giancu, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2016

Dear Segey K thank so very much for the beautiful words that you wrote on us. Bye Fausto

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 41
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 10:00
08:00 - 10:00
08:00 - 10:00
08:00 - 10:00
08:00 - 10:00
08:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via San Massimo 78, 16035, Rapallo, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Rapallo
  • Phone Number: +39 0185 261212
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U Giancu likes cooking while dancing with the seasons. 20 years ago U Giancu started COOKING TOGETHER - an experienced COOKING SCHOOL where FAUSTO and his son EMANUELE cook together with their guests hands on. Artichokes set the winter rhythm, leaving the stage to spring, made of violet-coloured asparagus. Then, according to the season and to what Diego can find in the fields, herbs and flowers of prebuggiun take over making up a huge and multicoloured salad or the perfect ravioli filling with a yummy but so delicate taste. A waltz with all the colours of the summer vegetables follows: big and mignon aubergines, courgettes with their orange flowers, long green beans, red and white pinto beans, spring onions, yellow celery, colourful peppers. During the hot season, U Giancu especially likes making pesto dance to dress fresh home made pasta or to accompany the classic Genoese minestrone, boosting its taste. In autumn, the warm colours of the woods become the perfect scenery to sprout mushrooms: porcini, finferli, tiny trumpets, columbine, steccherini. They all dance in U Giancu's cooking pan! Home made bread and focaccia are never missing on the table: even more delicious when served with tasty local cheeses. Beef, rabbit, pork, rooster, bison, lamb and veal (cooked in many different ways) complete the choreography. Just before the curtains fall...Apple cake, pear tarte, peach cake, crostata filled with home made fresh fruit jams. Cinnamon biscuits, pistachio or hazelnut biscuits: crunchy or soft. The creamy ice creams and the fresh fruit sorbets made by Emanuele complete the menu on a sweet note.
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