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Our restaurant and our family, what we do, and what we stand for.
We are committed to the culinary arts with a focus on contemporary and rustic cuisine. We provide our guests the best quality ingredients available to us by embracing and supporting our local small organic farms and fisheries. Authenticity has always been at the core of our vision. We are always questioning and ever evolving.
Our staff and family believe in mentoring our youth through the Culinary Arts. It has been our tradition for over 20 years, teaching children about healthy food choices through cooking demonstrations and special hands on cooking classes at our local school organic gardens.
Our Historical Property
Some years ago we (The Georis family) were walking along 5th street between San Carlos and Mission, when we suddenly heard a gentle “Hello”. The sound came from behind a screen door in a tiny house, the worse for wear, just past the Shell station. We approached the door (which never opened) and met Aunt Fairy Bird, a small black lady who had lived there for over 50 years.
Her house, situated as it was in downtown Carmel, was in truth, a shack, but it was coveted by nearby landowners. She lived there alone for many years. When she died at nearly 90, not long after our only encounter, her house and a lot were the object of spirited bidding in an estate sale. We learned that she had once been the cook for Charlie Chaplin, that her husband Tom had been a popular handyman in Carmel, and that she was a handy-lady for several Carmel Families.
While cleaning up her house, her executor found a great many Social Security checks that she had saved, hidden in the pages of newspapers and magazines. With him we helped open her safety deposit box and found a gold watch and two $2 bills. Aunt Fairy Bird’s place is now occupied by Casanova Restaurant. Approach it with some reverence.
-The Carmel Pine Cone
In 1977 we remodeled the home with influence from traditional Belgian architecture. The restaurant represents Carmel-by-the-Sea's quaint, old fashioned design.
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