In our kitchen we utilize mainly our biological garden products. In fact Villa Maria is surrounded by wonderful terraced gardens where every morning our farmers harvest the biological products (fertilized with humus from near mountains sheep and goats' breeding) which can be savoured in our restaurant. Our guest are welcomed to stroll through the gardens and even visit the cave chapel at the end of the gardens, where farmers used to stop and pray during work pause.
The restaurant opened, just like the hotel, in 1934 with grandma Orsola at the burners; today it is possible to savour regional and local cuisine recipes improved with knowledge and modern taste by the coast's famous chefs.
The restaurant, suggested by major culinary guides, has received awards from the Gambero Rosso and from the Italian Culinary Academy, the TV network BBC, has filmed the chefs at work for the program "This Morning" starring Lloyd Grossman and gastronomy expert Antonio Carluccio.
Well know are the Cooking Schools who take place here, led by a famous professor of historical gastronomy, they go from the harvest of produce from the biological garden to tasting what has been cooked by the same partecipants.
Photos of American writer Gore Vidal, sociologist Domenico De Masi, the surgeon Antonio Guarnieri, Susan Sarandon, Matt Dillon and Hugh Grant just to mention a few, hang on the walls as everlasting memories. Giulio Andreotti, Maria Gabriella di Savoia, Gianni Brera, Luciano De Crescenzo, Irene Papas, Vittorio Sgarbi, Lina Wertmuller are among others who enjoyed dining at Palumbo family's restaurant.