First Italian restaurant opens in Ramallah

Called 'Mediterraneo, thanks to Curia in Ramallah and Bethlehem

18 June, 11:52

    A view of Ramallah A view of Ramallah

    (by Michele Monni) (ANSAmed) - RAMALLAH - Bringing the flavours and tradition of Italian cuisine, in particular Sicily's, to Palestine is the challenge embraced by 'Mediterraneo' the first all-Italian restaurant in Ramallah in the occupied Territories scheduled to open the day after tomorrow. The name of the restaurant is inspired by Gabriele Salvatores' film by the same name which won an Academy Award in 1991 and the objective is to acquaint Palestinians with Italy's Mediterranean cuisine.

    'I am here on a mission', the restaurant's chef, Angelo Bruno, a native of Mazara del Vallo in Sicily, told ANSA. 'The mission is to bring Sicilian Mediterranean cuisine to the West Bank and teach young Palestinians who love cuisine our millennial culinary tradition'.

    The only difficulty for the new restaurants is finding all the ingredients. 'Unfortunately, it is hard to find the ingredients necessary forour cuisine here in Ramallah', said the chef. 'It is also hard to get produce we need in Israel and the things we find are very expensive'.

    To overcome the problem, the restaurant's managers intend, with the help of the Patriarchate, to ask pilgrims visiting the Holy Land to bring typical Italian products 'to create an imaginary human chain between Italy and Palestine'.

    Set up in the court of the parish church of the Holy Family in Ramallah, Mediterraneo was created thanks to the Curia in Ramallah and Bethlehem. It was funded by religious institutions with the key contribution of Italy's largest federation of the self-employed Confartigianato. The association representing Italian artisans will also provide training to young Palestinians who will be taught by Italian tourism, hotel and restaurant operators to promote new job opportunities in a sector which is being set up now in the Territories.

    A guest of honour at the inauguration last night was Giuseppe Cederna, one of the protagonists of Salvatores' film, who read poems by Greek poet Costantino Kavafis in front of several representatives of the Italian community in Ramallah and Jerusalem and clergy members of the Palestinian city. (ANSAmed)

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