Villa gigli re-opening

"Six months off and six months on" is the motto for Ruggero and Gina Gigli, owners of Villa Gigli in Markleeville.

The re-opening of the Italian country restaurant Ð will be marked by two dinners on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7.

Each night will cost the same fixed price, $25 per person, but have a different theme.

On May 6, the restaurant will feature Cajun gumbo and the music of Louis Armstrong.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Katrina hurricane relief projects on the Gulf Coast via the home construction organization, Habitat for Humanity.

On May 7, diners will be able to have lasagna dinner in the company of Jim and Phyllis Pedroncelli, co-owners of Pedroncelli Winery in Geyserville, Calif.

The Villa Gigli Collection is housed in a rustic building at 145 Hot Springs Road and actually is an Italian restaurant within an art gallery.

The trattoria is presided over by former Florentine baker Ruggero Gigli, who makes everything "from scratch" with natural, local and seasonal products, while the galleria displays the "abstracted reality" art work of Gina Gigli. Reservations, or (530) 694-2253.


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