People often complain that members of royal families should “get a proper job.” Exiled Italian prince Emanuele Filiberto is doing just that – he’s opened a food truck selling Italian food to Californians.
Filiberto, 44, is the grandson and only heir of Umberto II, the last king of Italy (the monarchy was abolished in 1946). Born and raised in Geneva, Prince Emanuele Filiberto of the House of Savoy is perhaps best known as a controversial TV personality in Italy. He decided on his new venture after noticing the plethora of food trucks on a trip to California, but no Italian offering, The Local reports.
“They were all so beautiful, so colourful. But they were all selling Mexican or Asian food and nobody was selling Italian pasta,” he said.
Trading as the Prince of Venice (his title, which is not recognised by the Italian government) in Los Angeles, his truck is painted in House of Savoy blue, also the colour of Italy’s football and rugby teams. Take a look at the menu here, which includes caserecce alla riviera (shrimps, cherry tomatoes, calamari, clams, crustacean broth and fresh parsley) and agnolotti di vitello (veal shank stuffed pasta, parmigiana reggiano sauce and natural jus).
A plate of pasta is priced around the $15 mark and all the ingredients are sourced locally apart from the oil and flour. The Royal seal of approval, however dubious, is free.