DaVinci Ristorante Italiano was born in the autumn of 2017, the “love child” of an Italian couple who visited Scotland and decided to move here and turn their passion for cooking into a small family business. The story lives on thanks to Elena, a young, enthusiastic chef who chose Aberdeen as her new home.
Growing up in fantastic Florence, Elena has developed a love for good food. Passionate about Italian recipes and truly fascinated by the pastry universe, Elena recently received her professional culinary diploma which makes her an official sweets fairy. 🧚
Like all Italians, Elena loves tasty food – and fresh, quality ingredients are essential for creating authentic taste. That is why at DaVinci, they only use the best ingredients and to reflect that, the menu changes with the season foods.
Da Vinci is a restaurant that makes Italians proud!
Da Vinci vows to use the best ingredients to create unforgettably delicious meals. Some ingredients come straight from Tuscany, Italy, but we also encourage local businesses, so we buy only the best ingredients from local producers. Our vegetables come from Turriffs of Montrose, we get our fish (including our new dish, tuna steaks) from Granite City Fish, delicious breads are made by The Bread Guy and our meat comes from Donald Russell – because if it’s good enough for the Queen it’s good enough for us!
Now, I’m not the biggest fans of dessert. My sweet tooth setting was dialled down sometime back, making me more of a cheese and biscuit person.
However, when you see an Italian custard-like dessert with Amaretti biscuits, rum and coffee, it would be rude to decline. And I’m glad I went for the Bonet. For a kick off, this dessert was pretty as a picture, all swirls and sprinkled coconut with a scattering of crumbled biscuit. The centrepiece was a puck of intense dark, sweet goodness, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a hint of rum. It went down a treat, especially when combined with the creamy blooms adorning the plate.
Meanwhile, more sweet goodness was happening across the table with the tiramisu, all mascarpone, coffee and soaked-Savoiardi biscuits.
The desserts were a high note to round out our wee trip to the sun-kissed food of Italy.
From the offset, DaVinci has been recognised by diners as an impeccable dining establishment, both for its friendly Italian staff and its unbeatable cuisine. Each dish is as authentic as you would find on the streets of Rome, and many recipes used by the chefs have been passed down through generations. It is not surprising, therefore, that the restaurant was the winner of the Good Food Award of 2020 for its exceptional level of food quality and value.
SOCIETY ABERDEEN: MENU REVIEW @ DA VINCI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT (2020) by Danica Ollerova
The dessert would not normally be my first choice, but it caught my eye because it was simply described as “the best tiramisu” and oh boy, they really didn’t lie. The creamy, coffee treat tasted even better than it looked.
Everything about Da Vinci’s is perfectly judged. From the decor which has the feel of a traditional quiet Italian restaurant, to the dishes with their little bursts of vibrancy to help cut through what could have otherwise been quite rich dishes – a special mention here for that beautiful herby-pesto like sauce on the gnocchi.
The powerhouse that is owner Elena Ionascu, driving the restaurant’s passion for flavour and freshness means Aberdeen Restaurant Week visitors are going to be delighted with the perfectly-formed £20 menu on offer.