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In the current political climate, it’s difficult to remember a time

when the United States didn’t appear as a three-ring circus to

the rest of the world. And in its current economic climate, it’s

difficult to remember a time when the American Dream was

touted as achievable, and actually was for some.

But if you talk t

o Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia—

the last

male heir to the now defunct Italian throne—the Home of the

Brave is a friendly, helpful place to outsiders, and the American

Dream is very much alive.

“I’ve been fascinated by America for as long as I can remember,”

he said. “I spent a lot of time in my parents’ New York apartment

as a child, and now I love Los Angeles—the weather is fantastic,

and the people are mellow.

“In America, everything seems possible.”

Which is a good thing for the prince: he’s bringing one of the

first pasta food trucks serving handmade pasta to LA, aptly titled

Prince of Venice.

Upon first glance, this seems like a strange

endeavor for royalty. Once you know his story, however, the

pieces start to fit together.

Emanuele was born in Geneva, Switzerland, an exile to his

homeland. After the Italian monarchy was replaced with a

republic in 1946, and his grandfather Umberto II abdicated the

throne, the 1947 Italian constitution barred all male heirs from

ever returning to Italian soil.

For the first 30 years of his life, Emanuele dreamed of his

homeland—of the culture, the people, and most importantly for

this story, the food—whilst pursuing a very grounded career

in finance.

After the 2002 revocation of the provision to the Italian

constitution that kept him and his family out of the country, he

joined his parents on a trip to Italy. Since then, it has been his

goal to promote and share his culture with the world.

After an incredibly successful turn winning the show “Ballando

Con Le Stelle”—the Italian version of England’s “Strictly Come

Dancing” and our

“Dancing with the Stars”—

Emanuele followed

other pursuits and passions including sports broadcasting,

founding and producing for television and movie production

companies, and starting a

cashmere and cotton fashion

line called Prince Tees.

But for a man committed to

bringing the Italian culture to

others, the Prince of Venice

food truck gives him the

perfect opportunity to share

one of the best, most delicious

parts of his country with LA.

Still asking why? The best

answer is perhaps another

question: Why not?

“Six months or so ago, I went

with a friend of mine and saw

the food trucks lined up in

LA. Different cultures were

represented, but not Italy, not

pasta,” he said.

There were several challenges

to bringing a pasta food

truck to fruition. Pasta takes a

while to cook, unless you are

making fresh pasta in front

of the customer. But making

fresh pasta takes time as well,

and no other food truck had

yet been equipped with the

necessary tools to make this


Emanuele met with a food

truck constructor, and then

found himself a chef:

Mirko Paderno,

a well-known expert

of Italian food in LA and a

graduate of the Cesare Ritz

School in Merano.

“In America, everything seems po

- Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia