Our second foodie spotlight is on Gianna Dalla Gasperina, who has been around the world and back. Her wanderlust, as well as her love of all things travel, fashion, wine and food is apparent on her blog. Gianna grew up in Seattle (and undoubtedly has an appreciation for the lovely city like our first Foodie), but chose to go abroad to Switzerland for university. She now resides in San Francisco where she continues to play a role in her family’s beloved winery in Napa, DG Family Wines. She is also the founder of the organic t-shirt company, Farm Fresh Clothing.
Nosh: What are your three favorite restaurants at the moment?
Nosh: What is your favorite restaurant to go to before going out? Favorite bar?
Bar Agricole or any dive bar on Polk.
Nosh: What is your all-time favorite dessert?
Affogato (great gelato and an espresso shot over it & a biscotti)
Nosh: What is something that you love to do that is specific to the neighborhood you live in?
Walking to brunch with friends on a Saturday morning.
Nosh: Please tell us about a memorable dining experience you had while on vacation.
There is a restaurant called Osteria Gallo D’oro that is up in the mountains near where I went to university in Switzerland. I went all the time with friends; it was that place we all loved. The tagliatelle ai porcini pasta and the bistecca alla fiorentina were always my favorites but anything on the menu is to die for. The wait staff is made up of iconic Italian gentleman that have been there for years, perhaps decades. It was always that perfect evening, filled with friends, Italian wine and great dishes.
Nosh: What dish reminds you of your childhood?
My nonna’s homemade lasagna
Nosh: Could you please share a few tips for throwing an unforgettable dinner party.
Music is key, good wines are essential, and the simpler the menu, the better. That way you you can spend time with your guests rather than working in the kitchen all night.
Nosh: What song would be on the soundtrack of your life at this moment?
Lovely Day by Bill Withers
Nosh: What websites/blogs do you visit daily?
The obvious social media sites and here are a few blogs I follow: http://whatkatieate.blogspot.com/, http://apartment34.com/, http://blog.mrslilien.com/, http://swirlsmellslurp.com/, http://goodgrape.com/
THE NOSH 9
1. Sweet or Savory? Carrot Cake
2. Blonde or brunette? “Whatever I can get” (remember that from facebook?!)
3. Cat or dog? Goldfish
4. Ski or Apres-Ski? Tropical island
5. Start-up or Corporate? Freelance/Writing a book
6. Real Housewives or 60 Minutes? Sportscenter
7. Running or Yoga? Real Housewives
8. Paul McCartney or John Lennon? Mick Jagger
9. Wine or beer? Diet Coke
The DG Family Vineyard- Harvest 2011