Giovanni “Gianni” Scappin is Chef/Owner of the Hudson Valley, NY restaurants: Cucina in Woodstock and Market St. in Rhinebeck.
A native of Marostica, in the northern Italian region of Veneto, Gianni studied at the nearby Recoaro Terme Culinary Institute. After cooking at legendary hotels and restaurants including the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Venice and Grand Hotel Sestriere, Piedmonte, he traveled to New York City and launched his stateside culinary career as Executive Chef of Castellano. Here Gianni introduced New Yorkers to authentic iconic dishes such as foccacia, tiramisu, and risotto.
He was hired as Corporate and Executive Chef for the Bice Group, opening their restaurants in major cities across the U.S. and abroad. Famed restaurateur Pino Luongo recruited Gianni afterward, where he eventually rose to oversee Luongo’s entire restaurant empire operation throughout the 1990s, including Il Cantinori, Le Madri, Centolire and Coco Pazzo.
In 2001, The Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine opened at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, and Gianni was invited to consult on the Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici. Upon its opening he was asked to join the CIA faculty as a lecturing instructor and eventually, Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts.
It was during this time in the Hudson Valley that Gianni opened Cucina in Woodstock (2006) and Market St. (2012). Gianni’s restaurants, each in a rustic chic setting with modern touches, are known for their authentic contemporary Italian menus, featuring seasonal, local produce.
In between training aspiring chefs at the CIA and launching new restaurants, Gianni has authored or co-authored several cookbooks on Italian cooking.