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EMPORIO ARMANI CAFFÈ AND RISTORANTE OPENS IN BOLOGNA
Food & Drink | Coffee | fashion
Milan, May 31st, 2017–The Armani Group is pleased to announce the opening in Bologna of the new Emporio Armani Caffè e Ristorante in the historic Galleria Cavour, the prime location in the city for international luxury retailing.
Giorgio Armani says: ‘Bologna represents an important tourist destination, and I’m especially proud of this opening in one of the most significant locations for shopping in the city. This secondEmporio Armani Caffè in Italy is part of the Group’s strategy aimed at strengthening its presence in the restaurant sector in our country. The balance between local and international appeal is crucial for us and in line with the Emporio message, with its modern and metropolitan style.’
The concept was devised personally by Giorgio Armani alongside his team of architects. The space covers a total surface of 300 square metres and comprises a café area, a restaurant area of about 100 square metres with capacity for 42 guests and a large outdoor area of about 60 square metres with 25 seats. The key feature is the coordination of dark and pale wood with a particular shade of light blue, more intense and shiny for the pendant lamps in the restaurant area. The touch of red given by the Armani/Casa Diogene lamps adds an unexpected accent. Two doors in bronzed metal lead out from the café to the outdoor area and from there to the restaurant. When the doors are kept open, the result is a single spacious environment.
The walls of the bar area, which covers around 30 square metres, have a pearly Marmorino stucco finish. The lacquered counter with a ribbed effect combines a champagne colour with the light blue of the top and has a large mirror at the back, embellished by a metal mesh interwoven with natural fabric.
Part of the counter serves as a display for Armani/Dolci, with the products showcased on shelves arranged in the shape of petals. The bleached oak flooring laid in a herringbone pattern ties the various spaces together and acts as a background to the furniture: the tables and director’s chairs in dark wood and light blue fabric, and the small sofas in gold-coloured leather. The wall panels reference the mesh feature and mirror of the café area, while the open wine cellar shows a selection of bottles from the wine menu.
There is a different menu for lunch and dinner, although both share the philosophy of all Emporio Armani Caffès, featuring unquestionably Italian dishes, simple and classic, prepared with raw ingredients chosen with the utmost care. In the evening, a truly memorable culinary experience is created by adding several dishes to the lunch menu, including local classics such as tagliatelle and tortellini, as well as Milanese specialities like risotto and cotoletta alla Milanese, the breaded veal cutlet so typical of the city that Giorgio Armani calls home.
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