THE MAD ROSE HISTORY
Giovanni Tromba brings to Downtown Ventura elegance and refinement in his latest restaurant: The Mad Rose. This is the farm-to-table place he has always dreamed of having since he arrived from Italy in the 1960s.
Fresh food, made with ingredients that just came out of the ground. That was how we ate growing up back home, but when I was starting out, no one here called it that,” Tromba said with a laugh.
The Mad Rose offers a globe-trotting mix of dishes representing such Mediterranean countries as Spain, France, Argentina, Greece and, yes, Italy!
When people come to my restaurant, I want them to feel welcomed and surprised, in a good way. That is hospitality.” – Giovanni Tromba
Italian cuisine and culture is in my blood, literally, and that is why I am more selective with the genre than any other. Coming from Italian-Sicilian heritage, some of my most nostalgic memories are of standing next to my grandmother in the kitchen, barely able to see over the countertop, and being her official taste tester. I can still hear the heavy accent of her native tongue while she sang out, “Mangia, mangia,” holding a spoonful of all-day-simmered red sauce for me to approve.