Coralie Satta is a remarkable combination of youth, talent and creativity with a delightful French flair. At the age of two when she began cooking with her mother and grandmother in her home in Marseilles she developed a lifelong passion for the culinary arts. Many years later that passion drew her back to France to study with Chef Piro before returning to Tucson. In 1992, Ghini's (a nickname given to her by her father) (pronounced the same as the "Ghini" in Lambourghini)French Caffe was opened at the northwest corner of Prince and Campbell. Using only the freshest, and locally grown ingredients to create fine meals has become her trademark.
As many "regulars" will attest to, Chef Coralie is famous for her award winning breakfasts and lunches that include such favorites as Eggs Provencale, Fresh Strawberry Crepes and Omelette du Soliel. Lunch at Ghini's is equally tempting featuring daily specials, soups & salads like; Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich, Croque Monsieur and Chicken Basil & Cream Pasta. Friday Night Dinner & Happy Hour is another spectacular menu including the Best Mussels in Town, Buttery Escargot, Blackened Ahi Sliders, Triple Cream Brie and Grapes & incredible house made Drink Specials all served in a casual atmosphere at moderate prices. Ghini's is truly a beautiful taste of Southern France in Tucson. We serve Breakfast, lunch, and Friday Dinner & Happy Hour, and offer a variety of fine French boutique wines & full bar. We're Open; Tuesday through Saturday 6:30 am-3:00pm Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm & Fabulous Friday Dinner, Drinks & Happy Hour 3:00pm-9:00pm or later
More About Me, Coralie Satta ~ Aka "Chef Ghini"
I was born in Marseille, France and came to the United States very young. My first love for the culinary arts occurred at the age of two, in France, where I helped my mother and grandmother in the kitchen. My career began at the age of fourteen as a pantry chef at a well known Tucson restaurant. A few years later I worked at a private dinner club in Vermont. I studied under the acclaimed Chef Piro, of Marseille, to perfect my culinary skills. Now I share all of my love and appreciation for the art of French cuisine with you at Ghini’s French Caffe.
“My philosophy of Ghini’s..is to emphasize freshness & simplicity.We only use whole & locally grown foods, creating dishes that taste amazing and are good for you...Mind, Body & Soul”
I look forward to your company,
- Chef Ghini
Ghini's is a restaurant fueled by love and passion, which is evident with every morsel that hits your lips. A quaint little cafe that serves Breakfast, Lunch and Tapas, also has a full service and amazing French Bakery attached. Ghini's has always been dog friendly since its inception in 1992, as it is done in France. Ghini's has a very diverse menu and can accommodate every culinary whimsy. A boutique wine list, all imported, is the icing on the cake! Ghini's has won many culinary awards of excellence and has been written up in papers world wide, recently winning two gold awards for best Breakfast, and best Cafe. You won't regret your stop to this beautiful little cafe. Bring your beautiful pups to our patio and enjoy your Breakfast, Lunch or Tapas with your best friend:)
Awards we have won!
Ghini's has recently been awarded several Tucson Lifestyle Culinary Awards:
- Best Cafe-Gold award,
- Best Breakfast-Gold award,
- Best Bistro- Silver Award,
- Best French- Silver Award
- Best Cafe-Gold award,
- Best Breakfast- Silver Award,
- Best French- Silver Award
2010 & 2011 Tucson Weekly
• Best French
Thank you Tucson for your support and your vote:) We love you!
Groups Chef Ghini dedicates her time to!
- Boys and Girls Club of Arizona
Chef Ghini has created a Culinary Program for the Boys and Girls Club of Arizona. She donates her time and food every month, teaching these wonderful children how to become more self sufficient in feeding themselves in a healthy and simple way. She teaches them how to use every day ingredients to make easy meals, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Many of these children do not have anyone to cook for them and resort to eating a bag of chips as a meal replacement.
- Junior Achievement of Southern Arizona
Chef Ghini teaches Junior Achievement of Southern Arizona classes. Every year she goes to a Tucson school and teaches a series of classes, that were designed by Junior Achievement. These children, typically 12yrs old and under learn about the economic reasons for staying in school.
Junior Achievements' goal is to help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.
In learning these lessons, and putting them into quantifiable action, our students become intimately familiar with economics and finances. They become better prepared to assume their role in the practical world of work and responsible citizenship.
- Imagine Greater Tucson
Chef Ghini has also recently become involved with Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT) an amazing group of people with the same vision in mind; Making Tucson a better place to live. Imagine Greater Tucson is a group of local citizens, businesses, community groups, organizations and institutions dedicated to enhancing our quality of life and helping to ensure a brighter shared future for the greater Tucson communities. We believe in the enormous power of imagination to inspire and inform a better future for Tucson. By working together, our shared vision can become reality.
- Tucson Values Teachers
Chef Ghini is also a strong supporter of Tucson Values Teachers! Tucson Values Teachers is a regional initiative determined to prove that we should not just talk about the importance of improving education, but must unify in action to Retain, Recruit and Reward our K-12 teachers. The actions TVT takes recognize the critical role of teachers in our region and value the vital influence they have on Tucson's future.
The Three R's: Tucson Value Teachers isn't just another apple-for-a-teacher public campaign. It is about fostering and encouraging the collaboration, optimism and support necessary to Retain, Recruit and Reward K-12 teachers who, every day, nurture and educate the nation's presidents, doctors, artists, legislators and teachers of tomorrow.
We're aiming to transform the way our region values its most important asset: the men and women who spend more time with our children than many parents can. Go to our How Get Involved listing to see what you can do.
- Southern Arizona Humane Society
Chef Ghini has always been a huge supporter of the Southern Arizona Humane Society. We donate countless hours and gift certificates to this wonderful organization. We want to be the voice for these voiceless and beautiful creatures! Every day, the staff and volunteers of the Humane Society of Arizona are charged with providing the best possible care for the animals brought to us. Regardless of temperament, health, age, or species, it is our responsibility to create a healthy environment in which the animal receives the humane and loving treatment it deserves.
"Providing for these animals is a tremendous responsiblity: Their lives are in our hands -- and our hearts -- for an indeterminant amount of time. We view this responsibility as a sacred one. Therefore, we created the HSSA Animal Bill of Rights, which all staff members and volunteers are required to sign."
I am active with the School Finance Reform. Im a long time active member of the Tucson Originals Restaurants. I teach Junior Achievement several times every year.