A new start back to where they began
In October 2015 life changing events, the opportunity to purchase their former home, a return to old friends and passions. Franco and Jen faced a major turning point, they set off once more down the familiar path from Tuscany to Rye finally settling their roots at number 8 Lion Street. Franco, not yet ready to hang up his mestolo and much to the delight and nostalgia of local residents and loyal customers, decided to continue to stir fond memories of his Tuscan kitchen.
Florentine chef Franco grew up in the hills surrounding Florence, working in the family vineyard and farm with his father, Giovanni. The youngest of four brothers he cultivated his passion for cooking at the apron and under the watchful eye of his grandmother, Maria. He was taught the secrets of family recipes passed down hand to hand, generation to generation. Building on their experience, over twenty five years of running the family organic farm and restaurant Franco and Jen followed a culinary road to Rye in 2007 -