After years as a private chef and running hotel kitchens and restaurants, Leoci brought his talents to bear on the Savannah restaurant scene. Since the opening of Leoci’s Trattoria in 2009, he has become a part of Savannah’s culinary culture, philanthropic to numerous local charities and travels with Visit Savannah to promote tourism, indeed a true inspiration.
The cultural affinities between Italy and the South may be many, but until recently, the opportunities for Savannahians to taste Italy’s culinary treasures and traditions have come few and far between. Enter Chef Roberto Leoci, recently named the city’s “Best Chef” by Connect Savannah. His eponymous restaurant has brought to Savannah something lovers of great food could hardly find in New York’s Little Italy: the spark and inspiration of true Southern Italian cuisine, sharpened by classical Northern and French culinary training and untouched by the hand of assimilation. For many years Roberto had the opportunity to work for high-end clientele, Chef Roberto would have to source unique and rare ingredients from around the World.