Franca Antonietta Feola was born in Ascea on May 29, 1965. Her restaurant “Le tre stelle” is located in Casal Velino, where she lives. The drive that led her to become a restaurateur was having strongly felt the need to communicate her belonging to the authentic world of fishermen from which she comes. The world of the father and grandparents was rich in values, such as education, sacrifice, and respect for the marine and terrestrial ecosystem, inherent in the daily gestures of those who lived in the sea every day.

She recalls, calling it a collective ritual, waiting for the return of the fishing boats that were pulled up with a winch because there was no port where they could anchor. His father built fishing nets in a large shack. Today, Franca preciously keeps a manaide (a fishing net) in her house. In memory of that world, studded with the memories of the fishermen on disembarkation who ate raw anchovies with only squeezed lemon, which also had a disinfectant function, she wanted to give great space to raw fish in her kitchen. To Franca, her cuisine is a hymn to the memory of the scents of the past and of the sea. The dish she cares most about is in fact the anchovy meatballs that her grandmother used to make for her. A unique dish, for her representative of the Mediterranean Diet.

Interiew by: Rossella Galletti
Video by: Rossella Galletti, Mariangela Bianco, Marco Bottigliero
Video Editing by: Antonio Puzzi
Document by: Monica Cirillo, Rossella Galletti
Subtitle ita/eng by: Marco Bottigliero, Francesca Magnani
Translation by: Monica Cirillo, Francesca Magnani
MedEatResarch – Center of Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet of the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa, head by Marino Niola and Elisabetta Moro
Realized: 11/2022

Franca Antonietta Feola

Franca Antonietta Feola

Year: 29-05-1965
City: Ascea
Education: Degree
Profession: Chef
Language: Italian

Video table of contents

0:29 The passion for cooking
1:05 Cook and restaurateur at 40
1:18 The origin: the fishermen and the sea
1:42 The values of fishermen
2:56 The recall of an authentic world
3:11 The ritual of waiting
5:20 Nets, fish and types of fishing
6:02 A menaide like a treasure
7:44 Menu of raw fish: anchovies, lemons and memories
8:39 The memory of the scents of the sea
8:45 Grandma’s anchovies meatballs
10:45 The color of food
11:16 Bread, oil and anchovies
12:43 A cuisine, respectful of the environment
13:15 The Cilento land, a unique heritage
13:49 The Mediterranean Diet
14:21 The role of woman
16:14 Wine

Geographic information

Country: IT
Region: Campania
Città: Casal Velino (SA)
Altitude: 170 m

Links and attachements

M. Niola, E. Moro, I segreti della dieta mediterranea. Mangiare bene e stare bene, 2020.
AA. VV., Dizionario di toponomastica. Storia e significato dei nomi geografici italiani, Milano, Garzanti, 1996, p. 153.

Locanda Le Tre Sorelle di Franca Feola a Casal Velino ( Casal Velino Turismo. Scopri il comune di Casal Velino - Info Cilento

Senza tempo, regia di Felice Antignani, 2019.
Il Pesce Pettine, regia Maria Pia Cerulo, 2013.