Italian chef Donato has relocated his family to Cornwall to enjoy the mix of fabulous food and family-friendly lifestyle on offer.
Donato worked for eleven years in a hotel restaurant in Frascati – a village on one of the seven hills of Rome. He helped them step up from a 4-star to a 5-star establishment.
When he married his wife, Lara, they moved to Johannesburg in South Africa and Donato ran his own restaurant, Due Leoni where he cooked for the Italian national football team during the 2010 World Cup. But they had to leave because of the high levels of crime.
So he sold up and worked as a consultant chef for restaurants in Italy and London before taking up a post as Senior Sous Chef at Royal Holloway University and then joining the award-winning restaurant in Porthleven.
Although Donato’s background is in fine dining his always comes from finding and cooking the very best and freshest local produce. At Amélies he and his team prepare everything from scratch, to order for the individual. The food stands out for its simplicity, quality and the amazing flavours of the wood-fired oven.
Amélies won the Bronze award for Best Restaurant at the Cornwall Tourism Awards this year and was also awarded Best Restaurant in the reader-nominated Cornwall Life Food and Drink Awards.