“ Almost a century has passed since 1928, when Giuseppe, head of the Andreoli family, bought the complex of houses that are now known as “La Zerla” from the retired army colonel Ernesto Galli. The group of nineteenth-century buildings located on the hills of Bardolino in the quiet town of Ca ‘Bottura were divided at the time into three portions, one of which was used for convivial life while the rest were used as tool shed, granary and the farm animals shelter. ”
“ Over the years, the head of the family decided, in order to meet the new family needs, to divide the property and create three distinct homes for future generations. His son Attilio, grandfather of the current managers (Germano and Ivano), was handed over the building today known as “Rustico”. Together with his heirs, Romano and Lionello, Attilio continued his father agricultural activity by taking care of the estate and creating an additional annex for rural work. Later Attilio handed over the business to his heirs who continued the work in the fields for decades.
In the 90s the two brothers Romano and Lionello, decided to divide the property and assign the buildings that will become the current “La Zerla” to Lionello.. In 2000 Lionello, now retired, handed over the property to his sons Germano and Ivano who started the renovations. ”
“ A year later they inaugurated “La Zerla”, at the time a restaurant offering local gastronomic specialties.
Later, Germano and Ivano completed the renovation of the rustic annex, creating the first rooms (the current Main House), giving the guests of the restaurant the possibility of accommodation. Shortly after, the managers added two new rooms, obtained from the renovation of the original house of grandfather Attilio (currently called Rustico). In 2009 the two brothers decided to suspend the restaurant service to fully devote their attention to the guests staying at “La Zerla”, while still offering a rich morning breakfast. ”
WHAT IS “LA ZERLA” ?
“Zerla” is a word of the local dialect with which it defines an agricultural tool used in the past.
The “Zerla” consists of a curved wooden stick with two hooks at the ends of which was used by placing it on his shoulders to carry the baskets of grapes during the harvest or the buckets of drinking water from the well to the house.
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