The testimonies of the owners of the premises that are part of the network, between initial disorientation and the desire to start again in the name of quality
«I am optimistic about this reopening, certainly fearful that everything will collapse again and annoyed that many Lombard restaurateurs do not adopt the correct and imposed rules. It is clear that the number of seats is decreasing: we now have 100 seats outside in the open. There have been 80 inside, 28 have become 28. On the other hand customers are obedient, they don't complain, they appreciate the greater protection. The distancing is effective and makes them feel calm, they appreciate the attention ".
The reopening is told by Franco Giordano, owner and chef of the Ottavo Nano pizzeria in Brescia. Which is one of 300 restaurateurs and 250 producers that are part of the network of operators EA (s) T Lombardy, a brand created to encourage the evolution of food and wine in the four provinces of eastern Lombardy, Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona and Mantua, and to support the excellence of its producers and restaurants.
"Never before has the network of EA (s) T Lombardy operators found its raison d'etre. Because "network" contains a clear, ancient, real concept: that of "union is strength" ", let EA (s) know T Lombardy. «In a panorama of disorientation for the catering sector, even more for those restaurants that have a strong link with the territory, we want to support operators and local excellence by transmitting the concept that doing good is good for the territory itself, and this goal can only be achieved today with the quality.
During this recovery phase after the health emergency, EA (s) T Lombardy wants to support its protagonists, trying to understand with them how to recover and what to focus on. Restaurateurs have clear ideas: want to focus on quality, to ensure that the customer renews his trust.
«When we reopened it seemed like starting from scratch. But it was one very charged restart from an emotional point of view. My most loyal customers came to visit me, it was a tribute of esteem and affection , says Mario Cornali, chef and owner of the Collina restaurant in Almenno San Bartolomeo. «We of Bergamo and its province have experienced a tragedy, even emotionally it is not possible to pretend nothing has happened, but the world goes on, is refounded and regenerated. We never stopped working, we made delivery throughout Lombardy with our Easter doves, we experimented with new recipes, rethought the spaces, clean, renovated, thrown unnecessary things. In some ways we have put order in both a real and metaphorical sense .
Sergio Carboni of the Locanda degli Artisti restaurant in Cremona echoes him: «We had a great desire to reopen and a lot of enthusiasm, because we love our job that in the past few weeks we have been missing a lot. At the reopening some regular customers came, who gave us a gesture of esteem and friendship. It will take time and to understand what government aid will be to judge the effects from an economic point of view, certainly it was an exciting and positive moment for us and our guests. We have to think positive, transmit messages of trust and encourage people, make them feel good, welcomed and at ease. "
At the Hostaria Viola in Castiglione delle Stiviere, Mantua, the owners decided to open one more day. "Fortunately, in our restaurant we already had the tables spaced before and the customer response was very good," they explain. «What worries us are the economic conditions. We chose to open an extra day a week to try not to leave any of our employees at home and we have increased our offer with the takeaway that we did not do before; even so, however, we reach 60% of the pre-pandemic income, but having recently opened, it is still early to make calculations. It is enough for now to stand up. "