“I was born officially among the tables and strictly during the rest day!”
It could not have been different with both parents restaurateurs.
I grew up in Cortina d’Ampezzo, where my parents and my maternal grandmother managed a restaurant for 22 years in the pearl of the Dolomites.
Initially they became famous for homemade pasta; my grandmother Ada used to make homemade pasta every morning in the veranda of the restaurant with a rolling pin!
Then my father has led the restaurant to the summit of Italian cuisine with his professionalism, passion, dedication and talent.
Obviously with the help of my mother Donata, sommelier, a woman of great and innate sense of hospitality!
A perfect combination … great cuisine between tradition and innovation and great hospitality as only Romagna people know how to do!
Since I was as a child I’ve been educated to the taste, they taught me to close the “cappelletti”, to make “garganelli” with the “comb” … they taught me the craft and the art of dining.
Hence, I could not avoid to follow the footsteps of my family and pursue this wonderful activity.
Once the restaurant was sold we moved to Romagna because 25 years ago my parents, with a touch of madness and great courage, bought and renovated VILLA ROTA, aristocratic villa dating back to 1600, the former country estate of the Counts Pasolini Dall’onda. Villa Rota hence became the creative soul of all our activities.
Once I finished school and after my experiences in America and in London, I got back “to the fold” to assist my parents.
Hence, in all respects, our is a family activity, real point of strength today, in an impersonal and industrial society.
I take care of public relations, trying to convey to customers how much passion and dedication there is behind everything we do.
My luck is to have my father behind me, head of the kitchen as owner Chef who coordinates and follows his brigade, and my mother who is teaching me the hardest job in the world …. Make people happy! 🙂 “