I've almost eaten more times in the Giardino than I've had hot dinners, so I'm fairly confident in what I'm writing. I've been frequenting this place for ten years now, and its standards are as high as ever.
As the manager Stefano admits, there is no such thing as an Italian restaurant outside Italy, and the Giardino is no exception. But it comes pretty close.
One of the big advantages here is the car park right underneath the restaurant, a big plus in Geneva, especially when it's raining. The decor is original and pleasant - my only regret is that it's in a modern soul-less block. The staff are grizzled to young Italians, quite professional and pleasant.
The menu changes from time to time but there are always sections for: primi, pasta and risotti, secondi and pizze. There is always a separate sheet with more temporary suggestions, and including the highly poular truffled dishes. The primi are delicious and light - try the carpaccio di polpo, paper-thin slices of octopus sausage; or if your appetite is jaded, take the green salad with bufala and tomatoes.
The truffled pasta and risotto are wonderful - Stefano comes round with a white glove (apparently some idiot complained about hygiene once) and a large black or white truffle (according to the season) in one hand and a slicer in the other. He then grates generous amounts of the precious tuber over your plate, until the aroma fills the area, including the next tables.
The main courses are as good as any in Geneva: the fish is always cooked to perfection, and the meat impeccable. One of the reasons may be that Stefano works in the kitchen when short-staffed there, so he knows exactly what's going on and how things should be. Well, that's a manager's role, you might say, but the establishments who do not appear to be aware of this are legion.
The pizzas are also some of the best I have ever had - the crust thin and crispy, and the toppings original. Try the one with truffles!
All in all perhaps my favourite restaurant in Geneva, and if I had to choose one establishment where I had to eat for the rest of my life, I think the Giardino would come top of the list.
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