FRANCESCO is a “bellissima”1 idea.
My mother has passed her days enjoying her time around a kitchen for 57 years.
She tells us: “Serving people is a profession. Each day we have a different appointment with each of our guests. Dealing with persons is like touching a soft cloth. All should be treated nicely but not in the same way. Plainly, since every person is special.”
Francesco welcomes in its own house everyone who wants to visit and taste its dishes. Passion, creativity, sensitivity and love inspire each dish which is expressed by means of its taste, aroma and freshness.
Francesco was our home and one day when I was sad, Teresa came closer and trying to encourage me, she told me: “Beatrice, I was thinking… let’s make a ristorante in our house, with a garden, a beautiful garden, bellissimo… All this has been "possitivissimo"2. Let’s welcome people, to our clients, they will enjoy a pleasant time… Let’s make them feel as they were at their own home, in our home.” While she warmly told me about her idea, I stayed lying on my bed; I was still in front of the fear of accepting that challenge. All we know that changes take time, sometimes they are not easy and at the beginning we immobilize because of that possibility… Her words were a stimulus that caught my attention and my sorrow vanished… Suddenly, I was thinking in her project. The idea passed through my mind as images of a Fellini’s movie. I would have to postpone a successful career and to change the course since my destiny was Italy… Her gestures impressed me; I took courage from her. Her self-confidence was the final push to make my decision… The risk of a new business was combined with a nice sensation of being able to stay in this land and to be with the people I love… I could not avoid following her!
So we shook our wounds off and banished fear ghosts, and we started to work.
Today the Barbera family offers Francesco to Mendoza as another house. We hope people that visit us enjoy our home’s tastes and feelings.
1 Bellissima: Extremely brilliant.
2 Possitivissimo: Absolutely positive.