Recalling the history of an area devoted to the production of rice, this restaurant located in Passolongo of Isola della Scala was created in the old rice depot next to the old rice husker dated 1650, the machine that was used for husking rice and is considered the oldest running husker in Italy. Featuring an open kitchen where you can watch the preparation of dishes in a rustic and friendly venue, it offers a traditional based tasting menu with seasonal products and everything from starters to desserts.
The story of Pila Vecia is associated with the story of various patrician families in the Veneto region who followed one another running the company for 400 years, like the Zenobio family, owners of Pila Vecia for a century and a half. During the World War II some families left homeless took shelter in Pila Vecia and started running their activities: the tavern, the shoeing-smith, tailor and the barber, thereby creating a small community known as "Piccola Italia". The famiglia Ferron has always been taking care of the old husker, which still used for small productions, even though after World War II, along with the old water-controlled pounders this is now more efficient modern machinery.
The charm of the old husker is still intact and continues to attract visitors, as well as Italian and foreign journalists and photographers, which come to the veronese countryside to visit the renowned home of Pila Vecia, relax in the park with the animal farm or near the small spring water lake where in summer you can enjoy the rice dishes of specialità a base di riso del Ristorante Pila Vecia, featured in the guide of the Italian Celiac Association thanks to its gluten-free dishes. On site there is a store where to buy the products by the Riseria Ferron.
Ristorante Pila Vecia, Via Saccovener, 9 - Isola della Scala
Tel. 045.6630642 – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web: www.risoferron.com
Open by appointment.