'European Union External Action' (EEAS) has dedicated some videos to characters from the countries of the Western Balkans, who with their stories, activities and passions, have built something important in their countries but not only.
Representing Albania is the chef Altin Prenga, now an institution in the Land of Eagles thanks to his 'Mrizi i Zanave' farmhouse.
Altin Prenga and the "Mrizi i Zanave"
After many years in Italy Altin Prenga returned to Albania to open his own restaurant, the 'Mrizi i Zanave'. At the heart of his philosophy is respect for Albanian traditions and love for nature.
He is a supporter of the 'Slow Food' movement: he works with 400 local producers to recover and protect the cultural heritage of the Land of Eagles.
"I was born and live here in the village of Fishtë; I had 15 years when I left Albania because of the poverty that characterized our area. We are back in the 2009 and we decided to create an agriturismo with Albanian values and traditions in a rural area.
My idea is to create optimism to ensure that this land is not abandoned: because in the end without a local economy there is no reason to exist even my farm.
What I learned in Italy is how to work a food product (cheeses, hams, jams) and that's where my passion for this job came from. Global thoughts, local products: it is not a phrase created by us but a philosophy of life and a working style that we have created here.
We are very happy to collaborate with about 400 families, who supply us with products of all kinds; if there were not these families, my farm would have no reason to exist.
This is the Europe that I saw: wherever you go, they are proud of their dialect, their culinary traditions promoting the values of small cultures, because in the end this is Europe: a union of wonderful cultures. ”- states Altin Prenga in the video of 'European External Action Service'.
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This article was originally published in turismo.al , an Italian portal on Albanian tourism.