“New owners Marian and Lumi Licxandru bring their love of fresh food
and a European flair to La Gitana at Olympia and Yelm.”
Photo credit: Thurston Talk
“If you’re having a bad day, Marian Licxandru has a solution: stop by La Gitana Olympia and leave with a smile on your face. The restaurant’s new owner thinks that dining is more than just serving food. “It’s about making people happy,” he says. “We’ve had people come in who are crying and upset, but tiramisu always does the trick.” The restaurant’s combination of organic, high-quality food and welcoming atmosphere has the power to change people’s days, he believes.
Licxandru and his wife Lumi took over the popular European eatery in April from founders Francesco Chiechi and Carlos Morist. They also purchased the Yelm La Gitana restaurant in 2011 and have been operating it since 2013. La Gitana is known for its artisanal pizzas cooked in a woodfired oven and composed of quality ingredients, many of which are imported from Spain and Italy. They also serve a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, and salads.”
“At the Yelm location, they’ve recently added pasta to the menu. ‘It’s organic and non-GMO,’ he says. ‘We make the pasta fresh because we want to make sure our guests get the best of what we have to offer. It’s the European experience of fresh food.'” quoting Heidi Smith, Thurston Talk.