Gian Luca Rana's Ristorante Famiglia Rana returns with chef Francesco Sodano, in a completely renovated house.

The Ristorante Famiglia Rana in Vallese di Oppeano, Verona, reopens its doors completely renovated after a thorough restyling and with an exceptional chef: Francesco Sodano.

“I am delighted to be working with Francesco Sodano” comments Gian Luca Rana, CEO of the Rana Group, “and to start a new journey together, sharing ideas and projects. We are working as a close knit team with Francesco , at the helm with his endless passion and technical excellence in gastronomy. The team is made up of many passionate, enthusiastic, talented young people, in love with the world of catering and interested in its evolution. Because this is my dream: to continue to create places and conditions for young people to flourish and express their full potential. The spirit of our restaurant has never changed: to tell the story of the poetic place where we live and the extraordinary people who are its soul”.

“I immediately recognized in Gian Luca Rana a great passion for the world of food and wine, combined with determination, curiosity and attention to detail. I perceived in him the spirit of the great patrons, who give trust and a chance to realize dreams, giving voices and hands to share the results with the entire community” says chef Francesco Sodano. “I received from him and the Rana family an extraordinary welcome and a unique freedom of expression. Together we will bring forward a new idea of cuisine in a special place”.

The chef of the Famiglia Rana restaurant

Francesco Simone Sodano was born in 1988 in Somma Vesuviana. He has trained in many starred kitchens, most recently at Faro di Capo d’Orso in Maiori on the Sorrento coast (1 Michelin star), where he was head chef. A pupil of Oliver Glowig and Antony Genovese, Sodano has an international professional background that has allowed him to develop his own concept of contemporary and avant-garde cuisine. At Ristorante Famiglia Rana, he brings his original vision of the territory and local raw materials, combined with his personal history and culinary journey.

The philosophy of the Famiglia Rana restaurant

The new Ristorante Famiglia Rana was born from the vision of Gian Luca Rana, CEO of the Rana Group, and his desire to recreate a place where one can feel at home, capable of conveying territory, creativity, taste and technological research. A dimension that implies a new concept of hospitality, based on sensitivity, generosity and love for art in all its expressions, from the culinary to the visual. A new concept and a new path for a restaurant, the result of the meeting between Gian Luca Rana and Francesco Sodano, entrepreneur and chef, united by the same design vision, the same passion for innovation and research, and the same gastronomic sensitivity. The result is a place dedicated to storytelling, where the experiences of the people behind the project are shared through a narrative that starts from the dish and the territory, which crosses countries and cultures, ideas and journeys, emotions and surprises, and then returns home, to the home of the Rana family.

Themes such as the continuous search for quality, respect for raw materials, passion for innovation and the desire to never stop have been the Restaurant’s founding values since its origins, but today they are enriched with new memories, techniques and knowledge. An ever-stronger bond with its land, with every art form, crossing new horizons of taste and stimulating new inspirations.