All About Italy (USA) - - Food - Ste­fano Valen­tini

Fi­nally, after a wait­ing of one and a half year, Carlo Cracco in­au­gu­rated his new res­tau­rant in an al­most cin­e­mato­graphic lo­ca­tion in the heart of Mi­lan, be­tween Pi­azza Duomo and Pi­azza della Scala, in Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II. With a proud smile, side by side with Mi­lan Mayor Giuseppe Sala, the chef, wrapped in an el­e­gant gray suit, pointed out: “This is the first res­tau­rant truly and com­pletely mine.” The re­fined nine­teenth-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture is an amaz­ing space of 1,118 square me­ters on 5 floors – rented for just over 1.2 mil­lion dol­lars a year- that, with the ut­ter­most at­ten­tion to de­tail, Cracco, chef but also en­tre­pre­neur, has turned into an im­pres­sive multi-func­tion venue. The spa­ces are or­ga­nized so to have a cel­lar in base­ment – with 2 thou­sand la­bels -, a café and pas­try shop on the first floor – open­ing di­rectly on the main nave of Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II -, a res­tau­rant on the sec­ond floor – with an av­er­age price of just over 55 dol­lars per dish -, a hall for pri­vate func­tions on the sec­ond floor, and, ob­vi­ously kitchens and ser­vice ar­eas not ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic. This mixed culi­nary pro­posal is ex­pected to boost the turnover of Cracco’s res­tau­rant that used to be in Via Vic­tor Hugo and that in 2016 had ex­ceeded 7 mil­lion euro.

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