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Meet Dario Gallo of Civico 1845

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dario Gallo.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Cosenza, Calabria (Italy), I moved to Milan when I was 18 years old to study Business Management at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Milan is a cosmopolitan city, rich in art, history, and culture. Milan has a vibrant food and drink scene which inspired my passion for modern cuisine and Italian wine. Milan is also widely recognized as one of the most important centers of fashion and design in the world and living there helped me discover my passion for architecture and design.

This passion resulted in the design of Civico 1845 where through the guidance and creativity of our friend and designer Agostino Sannino I was able to express my idea of the Italian dining experience. After graduating, I returned to Cosenza where I started planning the opening of a restaurant with my brother Pietro. Due to the economic crisis in Italy and Europe, we decided to explore other markets and in 2013 we took a short vacation in San Diego. following an English class to improve the language.

This made us fall in love with the city deciding that this would have been the perfect city to express our concept. The city of San Diego, in addition to being California’s most beautiful and “human” size city, has hit us mainly because of its strong economic potential. After 1.5 years of hard study of San Diego’s market and dealing with the issues of every foreign investor, we opened Civico 1845 in June 2015, introducing our contemporary Italian menu featured from our head-chef Alfonso Pisacane and a new 100% Italian-vegan menu from my brother Pietro.

Has it been a smooth road?
The most difficult part, being foreigners, has been the immigration process along with the difficulties to find landlords willing to lease us spaces without history in the US. The biggest challenge opening in the heart of Little Italy was making sure people understood our concept: a modern cuisine that wants to break the idea of the old-fashioned Italian experience. We strongly believe in the freshness and simplicity of the product we use combined with passion and knowledge of our Southern Italian roots.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Civico 1845 – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Civico 1845 is recognized for its authentic Italian cuisine but stands out for its rare Italian-Vegan menu. My brother Pietro was able to create classic Italian dishes, made only with plant-based ingredients. I use my degree in Business Administration to oversee the administrative, financial and Human Resource aspects of the Restaurant.

Every evening I take care of the front of the house management, greeting our guests personally and making them feel as if they are dining in our home. I am proud to have created a space where customers eagerly return to experience a real piece of Italy. Our passion and dedication has set us apart from the competition and turned Civico 1845 into a true staple of the San Diego dining scene.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I think San Diego is the most livable city in the United States because of its weather and its gorgeous natural landscapes. All this ideal beauty makes San Diegans’ warm and easy going people. This was one of the reasons why my brother and I moved to a different country.

After living in Milan for six years I sometimes find myself craving a more fast-paced environment, with a deeper international art, fashion and music scene. However, the proximity of San Diego to Los Angeles and San Francisco allows me an easy escape when I feel trapped in the daily routine.

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Cynthia Fisher

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