For Romanians who have lived and worked abroad for many years, the road back home is not easy, but full of hope, joy and enthusiasm. And if when they left it took great courage to face the unknown that opened up before them, they will also need the courage to come back. I took a step forward. Among them are his two young men from Bacău, where he lived for twenty years.
During my 20 years in the Italian capital, I thought about the experiences millions of Romanians faced at home, where they came from, their loved ones left behind, and abroad.
He is a chef by profession, and in a city like Rome, it is rare for a chef to be without work. “I worked in several restaurants in Rome,” Silviu Jipa tells us. “Last time I was a chef at the ‘Bambino Ges di San Paolo’ hospital.”
Silviu Zipa, who always wanted to go home, intended to open a pizzeria “al taglio” (per slice) in Bacău, taking the course of the pizzeria at Maurizio Capodicasa, one of the best pizzerias in Italy. I took the course. “Here in Bacău, the concept didn’t exist. It was revolutionary,” said Silviu.
Silviu and Elena Jipa returned home with their two children in 2019 and opened Pizzeria Mastro at ştefan cel Mare Street, no. 1, Bacău. twenty five.
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“I risked everything and started my business last January. In the middle of the pandemic, everyone was letting us down…I consulted my best friend and cousin. He helped me renovate a commercial space.I worked with him from morning till night for two months.It was a great project thanks to him,” says Silviu.
Romanian pizzas are made according to Italian recipes and using the highest quality ingredients. “Now we are making a lot of sacrifices, running 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day and never compromising on the quality of our products.
One of the problems they face is a labor shortage. “At the moment, he has two employees, but he will slowly, slowly develop into an Italian restaurant for everyone’s pocket. Also, using only Italian ingredients, quality, quality, quality… “
To Romanians who want to go home, Silviu Zipa said, “Follow your dreams and never give up. To be honest, there were many obstacles, and I wanted to quit several times, but I couldn’t stand it. I will kill you, but patience will solve it.”