Tuscany Gardens in Candolim, Goa first opened its doors in October 2007. We had a vision of bringing tasty Italian food to Goa using imported Italian ingredients combined with the freshest of the local produce. We had both worked as managers and chefs in different restaurants in England, before we decided to return to Avi’s home state and together make the idea of Tuscany Gardens a reality. It hasn’t always been easy but we are proud to say that guests from all over the world now seek out Tuscany Gardens when they are tired of curries and Indian spices or if they have a craving for a decent thin-crust pizza or al dente pasta. And the name Tuscany Gardens, you ask? It was the obvious choice as the idea and dream of the restaurant was born while living on a road by that name in England.
12 years have now have passed and it is still a family run trattoria, where focus is on serving well prepared, unpretentious food in a beautiful garden setting. The garden restaurant is one of the coziest in Candolim and provides a calm and romantic ambience. As the evening goes on, the area around the restaurant gets very quiet, providing a peaceful environment for the guests to enjoy their dinner and admire the beautiful little chapel opposite the restaurant. Combined with the Italian food and soft music, you might even forget you are in Goa for a little while! We have received many prestigious awards throughout the years and that makes us very proud of course. That being said, we still consider our greatest achievement to be the return of familiar faces through our doors.
In June 2019 we opened our second Tuscany Gardens restaurant in the heart of Goa’s capital city, Panjim. It’s an indoor A/C restaurant but the romantic lighting and charming décor makes it a cozy and comfortable place to dine or have your afternoon coffee and gelato. Families with children are very welcome so we have made a special kids’ corner on the upper floor with chalk board, toys for all ages and books to keep the children entertained and happy while you wait for the food or finish your meal in peace. The kids’ corner have two handy glass panels so parents can keep an eye on the little ones without ever getting up from their seat. We also offer colouring pages and crayons for all children as well as a monthly kids colouring competition where there are great prizes to be won. We believe the little things are a huge part of making it a joyful experience for the entire family. Hope to see you soon in either Candolim or Panjim.
Avi & Line Shetty