THE NEW YORKER
//MULINO A VINO
New York, USA
We are glad to share the success achieved by Mulino a Vino NYC, Italian restaurant designed by SGS, being reviewed in this flattering article by the The New Yorker magazine.
Usually, when a waiter offers to “take you through the menu,” it’s to explain something that doesn’t need explaining. Like family style. Or small plates. But Mulino a Vino is actually complicated, beginning with the name, which is an Italian pun. (Mulino a vento is a windmill, and the place runs on wine.) Ordering involves mastering the menu’s taxonomy of food and wine (“Bright & Lively,” “Big & Luscious”), and, within each category, a shaded spectrum measuring intensity of flavor. Each dish is available in three sizes. You may wind up creating your own gradation, from madcap (spiced truffle popcorn) to misguided (anise-and-red-pepper-spiked ice cream). The restaurant’s founding chef, Davide Scabin, is best known for encasing an egg yolk and caviar in a bubble of plastic wrap, at his avant-garde restaurant Combal.Zero, in Piedmont. Though the dishes at Mulino a Vino tend toward the creative end of Italian—cacio e pepe ravioli, wasabi mayo on the salmon confit—there is nothing quite as adventurous as a plastic-wrapped egg. Nor does there seem to be much sign of Scabin, who has gone back to Italy. Buy-in to his scheme varies among the waitstaff. What’s your favorite thing here, one was asked. He thought for a bit. “Victoria’s Secret models come in sometimes.” They drink a lot, he said, and at the end of the night they hug everyone. Looking around, the scene was hard to imagine. The dungeon-like space, gloomy and gilded, like Christian Grey’s guest room, was full of bowed heads—guests deciphering their menus in the dim light. In the corner, a man explained the concept of gravity to his date. Later, in what must have been a Verdicchio-fuelled pique, she asked him if he was a mommy’s boy. The waiter who mentioned the models could tell that the couple on the date were in need; he poured them what he described as a surefire lady pleaser, a Montepulciano with a pink pony on the label. Everyone at the restaurant had their wine brought out on a special tray and strained through a cheesecloth, even if they weren’t buying the most expensive bottle, which cost four hundred and eighty dollars. (The big spenders never tip, the waiter told another diner.) Is it any surprise that the food can get lost in the mix, with so much going on? Many dishes suffer from one ingredient too many—usually black truffle or Gorgonzola, or sometimes both. As in life, it’s best to follow Mamma: the tennis-ball-size meatball is her recipe, and it sits in a bath of tomato sauce the color of persimmons. The three-meat blend is so juicy that it barely needs any sauce. There are plenty more well-handled tomatoes, and a bunch of homemade pastas that are the right kind of chewy. They’re all in different categories of the menu, but each one’s a lady pleaser.
Unicredit Bulbank di Sofia
// RECOGNIZED BY “IDEAL HOME” MAGAZINE AS “THE MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS SPACE OF 2015
A project of SGS Architetti Associati and Studio Scagliotti
The prestigious Bulgarian magazine “Ideal Home” has named Unicredit Bulbank in Sofia the “Innovative Business Space in the House 2015”. The SGS Architetti Associati and Studio Scagliotti project was completed a few months ago. This award from “Ideal Home” magazine is all the more significant considering the avant-garde nature of the project that was designed around the bank’s original and innovative client services. The project involved the internal and external renovation of Unicredit’s building. The space was transformed into an international center for assisting clients who are conducting business in Bulgaria. Located in Sofia’s historic center, the first-of-its-kind Unicredit Bulbank International Center came into being through a collaboration with high-level Italian brands in the fields of lighting and furnishings. These renowned companies include Hi-Lite, which installed Viabizzuno lamps; Home Controls for home automation systems; MDF, furniture designer and manufacturer; and Work & Work, custom furniture maker. The entrepreneurial project aims to globalize Italian companies by providing a prestigious location for conducting business in Sofia. A temporary office with the refined feel of your own branch. The restoration of the 1980s building’s exterior centered on the use of i-light panels. The company Italcementi creates this state-of-the-art cement that lets light enter. The center is spread over two floors. Careful attention was paid to the lighting design which adds a distinctive touch to every work environment, improving the overall atmosphere. There are multipurpose venues that can be used in various ways, from meeting rooms to event spaces. The reception area is located on the ground floor. On the first floor, meeting rooms are available by reservation with moveable walls for customizing the space. An artistic light design embellishes the entire ceiling. The International Center offers far more than merely meeting spaces. UniCredit organizes Business-to-Business networking opportunities; industry-related events; and co-marketing initiatives that bring together businesses with UniCredit experts in consulting, legal and fiscal support for business development, and establishing relationships with local authorities. Luca Amendola and Gianluca Geroli, the founding partners of SGS Architetti Associati, are pleased and proud to have received this award from such a well-respected Bulgarian magazine that is always on the lookout for the latest trends. SGS Architetti Associati’s founders believe the award recognizes not only their specific design work but also the overall quality of Italian craftsmanship!