Maybe you're thinking our claim is a little over the top? Well, in the year 1800 or thereabouts, it was a Gasperetti who delighted the palate of His Holiness, Pope Pius VII, with a delicacy especially prepared for him...... Chicken Cacciatora!
From this distinguished beginning, Angelo Gasperetti carried the tradition across the sea to America at the turn of the century. In 1921, his 19 year old son Mario arrived at Ellis Island and eventually settled in Union Gap, Washington.
With an expert knowledge of Italian cuisine taught to him by his mother who ran a restaurant near Florence, Italy, Mario and his wife Minnie, started Gasperetti's Restaurant in Union Gap during the summer of 1943. For twenty-seven years they pleased diners with their warm hospitality and delicious Italian food until their retirement in 1960.
In keeping with his Italian heritage, John Gasperetti, Minnie and Mario's son, returned to Yakima from Hawaii in 1966 and opened Gasperetti's Gourment Restaurant in its present location at 1013 North First Street. With father Mario in the kitchen and his mother Minnie and sister Jean helping him host, John created a gourmet restaurant that featured fine dining that rivaled anything you could find in major cities around the United States.
Present Chef, Brad Patterson, joined the family in 1967 and worked closely with Mario to learn all the family's "secret" Italian recipes. Brad has since spent his time refining his culinary skills with studies at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, dining in Michelin starred restaurants and humble bistro's here and abroad, and perusing a lifelong collection of cookbooks and magazines. His menus reflect the bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables available in the Yakima Valley.
Gasperetti's also offers an award winning wine list that features many of the Yakima Valley's best vintages, as well as wines from California and Italy. Throughout the year Gasperetti's holds special wine dinners that spotlight local and regional vintners with seasonal cuisine.
Gasperetti’s Restaurant & Bar has grown and matured over the years into a place worthy of the present day Pope. It is certainly a place for Yakima residents and Valley visitors to enjoy a fine meal.