As our time at Caesar Augustus neared the end, we finally had the opportunity to spend time with the chef in the garden. Our friend Alessandro since our arrival, has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure all the comforts of Caesar Augusts were at our fingertips and today he managed to up himself one. I can only describe Alessandro’s actions as “a passion for excellence.”
When we initially arrived, I’d expressed my desire to meet the chef and tour the garden. When I received word that Chef Eduardo Vuolo had agreed to meet later in the week and walk us through the garden to discuss his techniques and cuisine, I failed to realize my inability to speak Italian may present a small problem. It was truly a gift sent from Ceres (Demeter) herself as Alessandro made the necessary introductions and joined us as translator.
Within walking distance of the kitchen you’ll find an organic garden nestled between a variety of trees with a gorgeous view of the sea, the Isle of Ischia, Naples, Mt. Vesuvius and Sorrento. This tranquil setting is ideal for all things natural to remain natural and in perfect harmony.
After touring the garden Alessandro and Chef Eduardo stop underneath this very old tree which I can’t for the life of me recall it’s species but, the conversation was priceless. Full on Italian – – I gather this would be the sounds and movements the great Verdi and Puccini conjured as they scored that which moves us all. As we soaked up the harmonics of their discussion, Alessandro filled us in on the exchange. I recall his translation of their conversation with respect to them being in the garden, as that of being in a special place similar to the Isles of the Blessed.
Not only was it a welcomed and pleasant surprise for Chef Eduardo to spend time with us and to have our personal translator by our sides but, I got the sense Chef Eduardo was excited that this bottomless pit who has been devouring breakfast, lunch and dinner like there’s no tomorrow had an interest in the agricultural aspect of his culinary conquest.
Being able to experience first-hand the care and attention Chef Eduardo places on making sure the food that’s on the table is representative of its natural state was greatly appreciated and meaningful. And thanks to Alessandro the laughter and appreciation for my appetite and the chef’s skills weren’t lost in our trying to communicate.
Time spent with Chef Eduardo and Alessandro made dining at Caesar Augustus even more special and personal which was in perfect concert with our experience at Caesar Augustus.
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