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Italian Chef in Darien is the Real Deal

If there is a genetic marker for cooking fine food, Chef Piergiorgio Nanni of The Goose American Bistro and Bar in Darien might have it. The Rome born chef's family hails from Abruzzi, a section of Italy known for creating some of the best chefs in the world. Two of his uncles operated successful eateries in the old country.

After a graduating from prestigious schools in Europe and working at some of the word's top-rated restaurants, Nanni came to the United States in the 1990s. He brought with him a desire to cook Italian food the way it was prepared when he was a kid. Now, he is celebrating a year at his newest endeavor in Darien.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Piergiorgio Nanni, and I am a resident of Southbury. I live with my wife Heather, my 5-year-old son Jack and my 2-year-old daughter Allegra. I cook for the Goose American Bistro and Bar where I am the executive chef. I have been here since opening day, three weeks prior to opening.

Tell us about The Goose American Bistro and Bar.

We are a fine dining restaurant in a casual setting. It is comfort food. It is a contemporary American bistro with some French and Italian influences.

What is your culinary background?

I was born in Roma Italia. I have trained in France at the Cordon Bleu in Paris where I graduated with honors in both pastry and cuisine. I have trained both in France and Italy at Michelin star restaurants.

I also worked in New York for many years at Nanni Il Valletto. I was the executive chef at Osianna in Fairfield before coming to The Goose.

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