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.
DaVinci 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!
“The chocolate mousse was absolutely phenomenal and probably my favourite dish of the night. It was rich, light, creamy, and everything you would want out of a chocolate dessert.” (Julia Bryce)
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“When customers like you and come back for repeat business and leave nice reviews it makes it all worth it. We develop a great friendship with our customers and I love that part of my job.”
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“It was unlike anything I’d had before, light in texture yet deep with flavour – delicious.”
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“The restaurant very much plays homage to Tuscany and Italy and the menu boasts a real differentiation of Italian dishes with something for everyone on it. “
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