Chef Bernard Tamburello opened his newest Hoover restaurant partly in response to his experience while watching the movie Eat, Pray, Love.
“About a year ago I was watching ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. It all made sense to me, the idea of eating great food with people, finding your inner self, praying and experiencing love. I wanted to go back to the roots of the very basic things, create that in a restaurant and let people share it.”
His restaurant, Vecchia, opened in May. Already the restaurant has die-hard fans, enjoying the wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Some order in Italian, or sit and chat in Italian while enjoying their meal.
Tamburello finds that the key is premium, authentic ingredients. “I was looking back on my life for what I enjoyed the most,” he says. “It was those family meals every Sunday, real food, incredible ingredients. Those times were full of happiness and love sitting around the table together and having great conversations. Life isn’t complicated, we make it complicated. People do things in Italy for the love of it, and that experience is what we’re bringing here.”
The restaurant uses Alabama produce whenever possible. The meatballs are made by Tamburello’s family. There is a mixture of both Italy and the South on the menu.
Tamburello says, “This is my dream. You are not going to taste a process here. You are only going to taste passion.”