Around 1941, Fortunata Benvenuto - the eldest daughter of the famous fisherman of Monterosso called Moretto - begins to manage the Trattoria Rodi, in the space where is today the Restaurant Pasquale, in the same year, Fortunata marries Pasquale Ratti - from Como lake, son of farmers - who attended the military service in Monterosso.
These are hard times, the second world war will mark everybody throughout his life, but at the end of the war, with desire, passion and hard work the couple begin to build their dream.
Towards the end of the '50s, Pasquale buys a vegetable garden next to the restaurant in 1964 and manages to build a hotel: the "Pensione da Pasquale" III category.
In Italy, in the sixties, was used assigned to the public exercises the name of the owner.
From here, begins the story of the Hotel Pasquale and Fortunata with her daughter Felicity and her husband Angelo developed, in the decades after, the hotel company that, today, is directed by his son Mark with his family while his brother Matthew runs the Albergo Villa Steno.
Below, you can read some of the various reviews on the Hotel activity, during the time.
MARIO SOLDATI writer "HOW AND WHERE IN LIGURIA" from Euroitalia editor - Genova - 1967
Pasquale - Restaurant and Guesthouse
In loc. Fegina, opposite the Fisherman's Beach is an old mill since 1500. But the changes are not finished and the owners, Pasquale and Fortunata with her daughter Felicita, certainly ambitious, but so very hospitable, they still want to develop the services. If anyone, including tourists, still did not know the first Ligurian dishes (ravioli with the inside of country flower or lasagne pistachio -colored - with homemade pesto recipe -) leading unpronounceable names but so musical, do not miss to visit to "Pasquale".
THE LEVANTE RIVIERA ed. Itinerari 2001
The Hotel Pasquale is a typical Ligurian house carved into the rock and built in an old orchard between 1960-1964 while the restaurant is part of a building of 1500 and already in 1941 it was run by Fortunata and Pasquale as Osteria. The current management by Felicita with the help of her husband Angelo and his son Marco means that the hotel is a reference point for a relaxing and comfortable stay in Cinque terre area. The restaurant serves typical Ligurian dishes for hotel guests.
Rick Steve's Italy (2001)
Albergo Pasquale is a modern, comfortable place, run by the same family who owns Hotel Villa Steno. It's just few steps from the beach, boat dock, tunnel entrance (to new town), and train tracks. The air conditioning minimizes any train noise.
Frommer's Italy (2002)
This small hotel sits right by the beach, offering both intimacy and privacy because its small number of guest rooms are spread out across four floors. It's modern and has been decorated like a private Genoavan home. Bedrooms are small but still comfortable, each furnished with a tiled bathroom. The bar/restaurant is reminiscent of an italian coffee shop, with gleaming marble floors, glass cases, dark wood wainscoting, window frames, and a service counter accented with a brass rail and foot guard.
Karen Brown Guides (2003)
The Hotel Pasquale was named after Marco Pasini's maternal grandfather, Pasquale, who was born in the Lake Como area. During World War II he was stationed in Monterosso al Mare where he fell in love and married a charming young girl, Fortunata, and never returned to northern Italy. Instead, after the war, they openend a tiny restaurant and later added guestrooms, a simple enterprise which was grown so that now the family owns two hotels. Marco Pasini and his mother Felicita manage the Hotel Pasquale and his brother, Matteo, manages the Villa Steno. Both hotels offer clean, simple, appealing rooms, great service, and loving attention to guests. There is no private parking at the Hotel Pasquale and the bedrooms are slightly smaller than those at the Villa Steno, but every bedroom has a great bonus: a view of the sea. Also, each of the bedrooms has a nice bathroom with an enclosed shower. Like so many hotels that we most highly recommend, the Hotel Pasquale is a family operation run with great heart, with grandmother Fortunata still working wherever she's needed and Marco's hard-working mother, Felicita, often on duty at the front desk. Marco's father is also an integral part of the operation and guests eagerly look forward to the excellent pastries he bakes fresh each morning.
JESS WALTER "BEAUTIFUL RUINS" a novel, Edition 2012 HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS - ABOUT THE BOOK - IN THE TIME OF GALLEY SLAVES
[...] I first went to Italy with my wife in early 1997. She had relatives up and down the boot, and I was enchanted by all of it. My favourite place was the quaint village of Cinque Terre. We arrived in the first town, Monterosso al Mare,in February, in the off season, after a heavy rain, and we seemed to be the only tourists there. In the morning, the sun came out and we threw open the wooden shutters of our hotel room to see the Ligurian Sea below our window. We hiked the cliff-side trails and took pictures of each other, ate fish and bread, drank wine.We stayed in a place called Albergo Pasquale, and I took a business card from the owner and put it in my wallet. I loved the sound of that name, Pasquale, and the double meaning of his name: Passover, a man passed over by life, the card's still in my wallet. [...]
The Michelin guide (2014)
Small family run with more than 60 years behind him, but that-as they say in these cases-not warned them for nothing, having completely renovated the hotel year after year.