Giaco’s Valley Roadhouse is in the heart of West Marin, perfect for brunch on the patio or enjoying dinner with some live music.
It’s a good time, and Andrew “Giaco” Giacomini makes it all look easy. The following is an interview with him.
What do you do?
I love my wife, Susi, and my three kids. For work, I am a trial lawyer. My side hustles include singing in a Blues Brothers band and operating our restaurant and inn, Giaco’s Valley Roadhouse. I serve on the MALT Board and the Buck Family Fund Board at the Marin Community Foundation as well.
Where do you live?
San Geronimo in the heart of “The Valley” for 60 years. My kids went to the same grammar school and high school as I did. God’s Country (not that I am a believer, but you get the point).
Where can we find you when you’re not at work?
At Giaco’s; on a hike with my wife, Susi, and our dog, Scout; or on the blacktop at the Lagunitas School—been playing basketball there for 50 years.
If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin was, where would you take them?
After a delightful brunch at Giaco’s, a hike through Roy’s Redwoods or up to Mt. Barnaby, then back to Giaco’s for cocktails by the fire pit, dinner and live music.
What is one thing Marin is missing?
Perspective? We have a lot going for us here in Marin. Sometimes I think folks take it for granted. There are many in our communities who are struggling. Figure out how to lend a hand.
What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites?
Remember to leave every place you visit better than how you found it. Every time you go anywhere, pick up at least 10 pieces of garbage. Look people in the eye, and smile with authenticity.
If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be?
My mom. She died when I was young, and I miss her.
What is some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago?
Take your time, and make sure you smell the flowers. Life is too short to not appreciate the small, precious things.
What is something that in 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy?
That Donald Trump was elected president. Wait, that is already now.
Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world?
Help everyone I can. Raise children who will do even better than we did.
Keep up with Giacomini and the restaurant at @GiacosRoadHouse.
Nish Nadaraja was on the founding team at Yelp and serves on the San Anselmo Arts Commission.