Italy is heralded for its fresh and seasonal gastronomy however Garden & Villas Resort on the island of Ischia is taking sustainable cuisine to the next level by serving genuine zero-mile products that tell the history of Ischia direct from their onsite organic garden.
Tucked inside a lush 3-hectare organic garden on the island of Ischia, aka the green island, Garden & Villas Resort uses vegetables sourced exclusively from its onsite organic garden to create traditional dishes innate to the region on its menus.
Rita Buono, General Manager of Garden & Villas Resort said, “The cuisine distinctive to Ischia is the perfect combination of tradition and nature, and Garden & Villas Resort choses to respect these local traditions. The green island offers honest ingredients that tell the story of the entire area: from land to sea, a rich biodiversity and a delicate balance of flavours, for a real journey through enogastronomy, while respecting the environment.”
The garden is characterised by traditional dry-stone walls, aromatic plants, olive trees, carob trees, strawberry trees and a variety of fruit trees. Vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant are grown without using fertilisers and chemical pesticides. These vegetables form the basis of many a local delicacy such as Coniglio all’Ischitana (Ischian Rabbit Stew), seafood dishes and pizza.
Garden & Villas Resort was specifically designed to be environmentally friendly with 9-villas featuring the classic and warm Mediterranean architecture all surrounded by the charming 3-hectare garden. Strategically located within this green area, the villas provide tranquillity while maintaining a sense of connection to the green landscape for which the island is lauded.
Garden & Villas Resort offers a Long Stay Package including overnight accommodation & breakfast, dinner at “Il Corbezzolo” restaurant with pool views (drinks excluded) and three 50-minute massages per person. Rates start at €260.00* per room for two people.
*Subject to availability and conditions apply.
Getting to Ischia:
Ischia is a 90-minute ferry ride from Naples departing Calata di Porta di Massa to Ischia Porto and Casamicciola Terme. A quicker option is the ferry in Pozzuoli, which is closer to Ischia, or one of the hydrofoils departing from Molo Beverello in Naples to Ischia, Casamicciola and Forio.