Giancarlo was born in Borgo Valsugana, Italy near the Alps of Northern Italy. He began his career in 1982 at the legendary Harry’s Bar Restaurant in Venice; which has been owned and operated by the renowned Cipriani family for three generations. Today, Harry's Bar is ranked as one of the ten best restaurants in the world. In 1985, Giancarlo was reassigned to assist with the opening of Cipriani’s first restaurant in New York City. Since then, he has assisted with the expansion of eight additional Cipriani locations. Of the eight locations, the most renowned was the Rainbow by Cipriani, (The Rainbow Room). Giancarlo consulted with Arrigo Cipriani in writing The Harry’s Bar Cookbook, which won the James Beard Foundation Award in 1992. He has also been a guest chef several times for the James Beard Foundation.