Meet Our Executive Chef/OwnerTommaso Barletta
Tommaso Barletta was born in the small fisherman village of Monopoli on the southeast coast of Italy. Starting at a young age, Tommaso had always dreamt of excelling within the culinary arts. Inspiration was never in short supply for young Tommaso. His greatestsource of inspiration came from his aunt Rita and uncle Giovanni who lived on a farm on the outskirts of his hometown. Young Tommaso enrolled in an Italian Culinary Institute where he began his culinary journey. At fifteen, he trained in an apprenticeship program with French chef Charles Vigny who headed the kitchen at Les Flot Bleu in Provence on France's south coast and Lake Maggiore near Milan Italy. He then continued on to England and Spain. His sense of adventure and love for travel lead him around the world cooking on cruise ships until in 1980 he finally arrived in Los Angeles where he co-opened Adriano's in Bel Air followed by Rex Il Ristorante in downtown Los Angeles. In 1983 he opened his own café in Camarillo California until 1987 where he discovered beautiful Westlake Village and opened Tuscany Restaurant now celebrating its 20th anniversary. In 2001, a more casual concept restaurant was born in the foot-hills of Oak Park, which has now come to be known and loved by its faithful neighborhood customers as Rustico Restaurant. Tommaso now entertains a great following and continues to provide further services to the community through his cooking classes at Let's Get Cooking Culinary Institute and regularly leads food and wine tours throughout Italy.
About Our Restaurant
Tuscany Il Ristorante
Tuscany Il Ristorante invites you for an enticing dining experience. Chef/owner, Tommaso Barletta, has created a true upscale Italian menu with flavors that linger on your palette, bringing you back for more. Enjoy your evening as the experienced staff glides around the dining room, always ready with a smile. Whether you are interested in a quiet celebration, a business meeting, or out with your family Tuscany's versatile menu and award winning wine list can meet your needs.
From the dream of chef/owner Tommaso Barletta who wanted to bring true upscale Italian cuisine to the west valley. Tuscany il Ristorante was born 20 years ago in the beautiful Plaza Center of Westlake Village. Surrounded by centennial oak trees in a walking distance from the Westlake Hyatt Hotel and the Westlake Village Inn, guests can appreciate the tranquility and beauty of the area. Tuscany's comfortable and warm atmosphere is inducing for business meeting and special occasions. Tuscany features three private rooms, outside patio seating, and a full martini bar and lounge. Upon entering the Zagat Guide rated restaurant, guests are taken away by the warm-friendly service of our experienced staff and a stellar menu selection. A Wine Spectator Award winning wine list featuring old world and new world top labels and vintaged is available for your enjoyment.
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Tuscany il Ristorante was voted one of the best of the best restaurants in Los Angeles area
Voted Best Restaurant in LA