Three youngsters in Savona have abandoned their professions and work to become fishermen and cook the fish they catch directly on their fishing boat.
Although the life of a fisherman is not easy and depends on the weather and the winds and waves, these three fishermen have decided to follow their passion, abandoning their work and turning their hobby into a commercial activity. Alalunga is aimed at promoting the territory and help a sector in crisis.
The three youngsters Davide Busca (26 years and a former architectural engineer student who worked in his family business), Mauro Mantero (who worked in his father’s business and Lorenzo Busca, a dentist) have become the youngest fishing boat owners in Italy.
Their typical day starts very early in the morning. At 4.30m they throw their nets when the sky and sea are still black. They wait for sunrise and then they draw their catch and return back to the port where they will prepare their catch to be served either as a ‘fritto misto’ or an assortment of deep-fried seafood and fish and a ‘hamburger’ of fish. They serve it together with an artisanal beer called 019 which is made by another three youngsters from Savona.
In winter, they serve lunch at 12 to 2.30pm and dinner from 5.30pm to 9pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In summer, they are open all day from 6pm to 11pm.
Most of their clients come from Savona though there are also many cruise-liner tourists who complain that during winter many places are closed. There successful activity has meant that they are also buying fish from other fishermen who are paid higher than wholesale prices thus helping to grow the sector.