Giancarlo’s at GC’s Bistro

Giancarlo Cucumo was born in Bari, Italy; a mediterranean region of the country renowned for it’s “lean cuisine” style (vegetables, olive oil, seafood). Bordering the Adriadic Sea, where the water meets the land, Giancarlo grew up in the Kitchen, working with many talented Italian Chefs until he was 14 years old. The ample produce and excellent seafood available in the region gave rise to many of the world’s finest Seafood Chefs and it was under these masters that Giancarlo established his passion for fine foods.

To build his skills, Giancarlo attended the Aldo Perotti Chef Hotels, an Italian culinary school emphasizing study on international cuisine. There he learned much from his professors and the influential recipes found in the Henri-Paul Pellaprat Cook Book. When school would break for summer, Giancarlo traveled to Tuscany to learn Northern Italian cooking styles and recipes.
Giancarlo’s outstanding performance earned him kudos at the institution and the privilege to study as an apprentice under a host of master Chefs in Germany, France, Holland, Australia, and other places throughout Europe. After honing his craft and earning a degree from the prestigious culinary academy, Giancarlo took a bold step toward his dreams of becoming a master Chef, and moved to America.

Giancarlo always wanted to make a place where people can feel like family together; a place where he could free his creative potential and not be confined to corporate politics. Thus, he took his greatest gamble yet, and launched his own restaurant in San Francisco, “Grazie”. Grazie was an instant success and Giancarlo ran the restaurant for years as his reputation grew throughout the Bay Area.

In 2003, Giancarlo found salvation on the Central Coast. Morro Bay felt like home to Giancarlo with the Mediterranean climate, abundant seafood, and fresh produce. The connection was obvious so he abandoned his original plan to open a restaurant in San Diego and starting looking for a location on Morro Bay’s Embarcadero. A month later, he opened Giancarlo’s Bay Front Bistro and after only 2 years, he outgrew the waterfront location.

Giancarlo had always dreamed of building his own restaurant from the ground up, and felt like this was the perfect opportunity. It’s been a lifelong dream for Giancarlo to share his culinary talents with his community. To give people an opportunity to share food together, and stories too. Come in to see Giancarlo and his talanted team put on a show for you and your guests.