Our Restaurant Is A Collective Of Amazing People Striving To Build Delightful Italian Cuisine.
Lago di Como chef and co-owner Giovanni Spanu comes from Bellagio, Italy, a town on Lake Como; his cooking background includes experience in Italy, Sardinia and England. In the U.S., Giovanni worked as a chef at Il Fornaio in San Jose and assisted in opening A Bellagio and La Pizzeria, his brother Giuseppe Spanu”s restaurants in Campbell. ”Giovanni has been cooking since he was 14,” says his wife, co-owner Mary Ellen Salciccia-Spanu, who runs front-of-house operations and oversees the California/Italian wine list. The two met in Campbell, married in Italy and have two young daughters. They opened Lago di Como on Dec. 12. ”It was nice to open in the winter and make a connection with the community,” comments Mary Ellen. ”We love the location. This side of town is so nice: we have regulars from all the neighborhoods around here.” One of the restaurant”s most popular dishes is the fried calamari appetizer, she says. ”It”s so crispy and light. The osso buco is also really good, my kids love that. And the gnocchi, we make it ourselves.”