Our adventure began on 7th December 2011. On our first evening, 1500 guests arrived, greatly exceeding all our expectations. Since then, the Principe Amedeo has just kept growing: as well as the original house, there is now an outdoor BBQ area for private events, rooms where the verandas can be opened to give direct access to the gardens, a bower of strawberry grapes, a bigger kitchen and (the icing on the cake) special bathrooms for newlyweds.
The hills of Custoza embrace the fields where we grow the fresh produce we serve to our guests daily. We also have almond and pomegranate orchards, olive groves and kitchen gardens; we’ve taken what the land naturally offers us and shaped it into a magical garden where special occasions bloom.
At the Principe Amedeo we’re a large, extended family that has spent 40 years dedicating its time and energy to catering, hospitality and farming. This experience and contagious enthusiasm has been passed on to children and grandchildren, without leaving anyone out. Today, in 2018, the centre is run byAlessandro, Daniele, Devis and Marco, flanked by a team of professionals who work with unswerving commitment and love.
“ONE CANNOT THINK WELL, LOVE WELL, SLEEP WELL IF ONE HAS NOT DINED WELL — Virginia Woolf —”
RESTAURANT AND KITCHEN
One kitchen wasn’t enough for us. We wanted another one, so that we could take even greater care when preparing our dishes. We try to take food back to basics, strip away all the hurry and wait for foods to cook and yeast to rise slowly. The results can be clearly smelled and tasted in a series of dishes that reflect the authenticity of our spirit.
THE PARK WITH BOWER AND BARBEQUE AREA
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” - L.Tzu
We’re proud of our dining hall and the warm welcome it gives our guests, but the truth of the matter is that there’s no better setting than the hills of Custoza. In the summer season, we greet our guests in the shade of the verandas or under the bower of strawberry grapes, then invite them to try the meat cooked in front of their eyes on our large outdoor barbeque.
Guests are free to roam the park, taking the opportunity to have a chat or to walk alone among the fruit trees. On summer evenings, we light the lanterns so that the atmosphere will be both warm and magical, the perfect setting for an unforgettable evening.
We put our hearts into what we do, but we certainly don’t forget to use our heads and look after the environment. We’re very aware that a hospitality structure like the Principe Amedeo consumes important resources. We do everything we can to avoid unnecessary waste. A large sun farm onsite covers a large proportion of our energy needs for lighting events and powering the kitchens. We draw the water needed for the olive grove, the fruit trees and our well-tended garden from our own well, and we privilege integrated pest-control methods over the use of chemicals in our fields. We love the landscape we live in and do everything possible to look after it, just as we would do with a loved one.
“A house is not just a matter of bricks but of love.”