Trattoria gets a French twist
The next time you call the Truckee Trattoria, don’t be surprised to hear a French accent on the other end of the line. That would be new owner Jean-Luc Gibassier, the inspiration behind the new French and Mediterranean inspired dishes on the menu.
“I always wanted to own a small restaurant with good food and a good atmosphere,” Gibassier said. “And when the opportunity presented itself (to buy the Trattoria), I jumped on it.”
Gibassier, who hails from the Strasbourg region of France, has lived in Truckee for 19 years. During that time he has taught skiing and windsurfing and has also been part-owner of the Truckee Brewing Company.
While all of his customers’ favorite Italian recipes remain on the menu, Gibassier’s influence can be tasted in signature dishes such as the stuffed tomato filled with antipasti, tuna tapenade, seasoned bread crumbs and mozzarella cheese – a dish made popular in Southern France.
Other new additions include seared ahi tuna over greens with a wasabi vinaigrette that Gibassier describes as a fusion of California and Northern Italian flavors and a polenta platter served on a cutting board with various sauces – a traditional Italian family-style dish.
The Trattoria’s new chefs Ron Allen and Ismael Hverta have also created a seafood bisque that Gibassier describes as “already famous. I eat this soup every day now.”
Customers will now find the Truckee Trattoria open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Gibassier is also hoping to start catering parties in the area and begin accepting reservations and to-go orders on the Trattoria’s Web site – http://www.truckeetrattoria.com – which will be up and running soon.
For Gibassier, the Trattoria is a labor of love. He spends almost every day at the restaurant, often arriving at 9 a.m. and staying until 10:30 p.m. or whenever the last customers leave.
“It’s long days,” said Gibassier, “but it’s fun. I’m having a blast… Seeing people leaving with big smiles is the best reward you can have.”
The Truckee Trattoria is located in the Gateway Center in Truckee.
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