Giangiacomo Vittucci decided, in 1880, to come from his city, Florence, to Rome and to take with him the “old tastes” of Tuscany to the newly nominated capital of the Italian Reign, after the capture of the city, through the famous “Porta Pia hole”.
He began with a kind of “roman pub”, named “Giglio” – the name, in fact, derives from the old sign on the flag of his city. There, he was serving wines from Tuscany and from the Roman “castelli”, together with typical snacks from the two Regions. The pub was opened nearby the Opera House, and immediately became the favourite meeting point for all Opera Singers and their fans, in Rome .
As time elapsed, the pub, obviously, became a typical “trattoria”, but it kept unaltered its characteristics of serving Roman dishes, with important influences of its origins from Tuscany .
Angelo Vittucci was able, in 1951, to recover this place, which was owned by his old fathers, but which, at that time, was in a bad shape, because of the events of the Second World War.
With the precious help of his wife Anna and of his growing four sons, Fausto, Amedeo, Maurizio and Mariagrazia, he renewed the old successes with the newly opened “restaurant”. The secret of his success was the use of first quality food elements and his capability to maintain the tradition of old dishes from Tuscany , mixed with typical Roman recepies. In addition he was able to introduce the Italian tastes, like “mixed boiled meats”, almost unknown in the Capital cuisine. He personally was attending the serving to the tables in a familiar mood, accompanied by his sympathy and friendship.
At that time the Opera House and Rome were part of the great successes of the most famous Italian singers, like Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Franco Corelli, Carlo Bergonzi and many others, including Conductors and Stage Directors, all Opera prominent representatives, who, today, continue to sit at “Giglio” tables.
Nowadays the “four sons” are busy engaged in the “restaurant”, to keep unaltered family traditions, although they are involved in completely different professional activities in town.