Chiswick resident and foodie Harriet Flood heads for Villa di Geggiano, a Tuscan treasure bringing the best of the iconic Italian region to Chiswick High Street
Words: Harriet Flood
Images: Courtesy of Villa di Geggiano
As a Chiswickian, I was aware of the little treasure located just along the local high road, so I was very excited to finally experience the rich Italian dishes I had heard so much about at Restaurant Villa di Geggiano.
Set back from the hustle and bustle of the main road, I was immediately convinced that we had somehow been transported to Italy as we sat in a quiet terrace eating grapes, just picked from the vines above our heads.
This is no ordinary Italian restaurant. The Villa di Geggiano estate in Tuscany is the family home and winery of the Bianchi Bandinelli family, and was possibly the first estate to bring Chianti to London, back in 1725. Conveniently, we get to enjoy the bounty of the estate right here on Chiswick High Street.
Walking into the main building I was amazed at the décor. Everywhere you look is a feast for the eyes. A collection of enlarged stamps lines the walls of the bar, depicting famous musicians in place of the Queen’s face. Who knew Sir Tom Jones would make such a good Monarch?
We were welcomed into the drinking lounge – which has a cosy family feel with cleverly mismatched furniture inspired by the Villa di Geggiano estate – with a glass of bubbly before being led through to the main dining room.
I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I took a sip of subtle rosé and a bite of silky smooth fig mouse with prosciutto
We decided on the tasting menu, which has been designed around seasonal ingredients with paired wines. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I took a sip of subtle rosé and a bite of silky smooth fig mouse with prosciutto.
Now, I cannot go any further before mentioning the homemade focaccia. Warm, soft and just delicious. My sister would have eaten an entire board of it and promptly left a happy lady, it was that good.
Our next course was Paccheri pasta served with buffalo ricotta and a pea puree, which was so unexpectedly deep and flavourful it took us both by surprise.
We were still raving about it when two plates of buttery black ravioli filled with cod were placed before us. After one bite, I proclaimed it my favourite dish – as I had done with each previous dish, and would continue to do so until we had finished dessert.
I was excited to try the venison and it did not disappoint. Paired with a glass of deep earthy red wine, the meat was succulent and rich in flavour, having been lightly coated in a crust of herbs.
By the time dessert came we were feeling rather well sated, but that didn’t stop us from polishing off the light and creamy Sabayon Foam with caramelised hazelnuts, paired with a delicately sweet wine with a bit of a fizz.
We left feeling very well looked after, thanks to our fabulous waiter and the rest of the team. I will definitely be returning and am currently thinking of an excuse to throw a party in one of the venue’s private dining rooms… See you again soon, Villa di Geggiano!
66-68 Chiswick High Road W4 1SY; villadigeggiano.co.uk