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Meet the Italian Prince living in California selling Italian food from his food truck business

Call it a case of role reversal, but with the opening of a new food truck operating out of Los Angeles, you can eat like a royal and be served by one, too.

Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia of Piedmont and Venice, the grandson of King Umberto II, the last King of Italy, operates the Prince of Venice (POV) food truck.

“I always want to contribute in the promotion of Italy,” the Prince said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

The Prince of Venice food truck rotates around Los Angeles, particularly around office buildings, during lunch, but parks itself at the Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for dinner.

Prince Emanuele works with Chef Mirko Paderno to offer up popular pasta dishes, including Rigatoni al Tartufo, Bucatini alla Bolognese, and Orecchiette al Pestolunch. For dessert, traditional Italian offerings such as tiramisù, panna cotta and cannoli are on the menu.

What sets it part from other Italian food trucks? No pizza.

“Coming to Los Angeles, I saw this incredible food truck culture, but there was no Italian pasta [being offered], so I created one. The concept is to make a variety of fresh pasta in front of the clients and to serve it with incredible handmade sauces.”

Some of the ingredients like flour, olive oil and truffles, are imported from Italy, but most of the ingredients – organic produce, cage-free eggs, and free-range meat – are sourced from farms in Southern California.

Prince Emanuele’s business partner, Chef Mirko Paderno, says that the Prince of Venice food truck isn’t going to be just another food truck populating Los Angeles.

It will “participate in select local events, invite other chefs aboard to collaborate, and host specials like a Truffle Celebration or a Midnight Risotto. From the food to the container to every other detail, we want this to be an extraordinary experience for customers.”

Right now the only food truck operates in Los Angeles, but Prince Emanuele and Chef Paderno are hoping to expand across the country and open a restaurant in Southern California.

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