After many years at the helm of one of the most renowned Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany and now based in Dubai as Director of Culinary of Mine & Yours Group for the opening of Chic Nonna and L’Amo Bistrò del Mare, Chef Vito Mollica will be heading back to Florence for the launch of the Chic Nonna di Vito Mollica restaurant in March 2022.
Chic Nonna di Vito Mollica will be housed inside Palazzo Portinari Salviati. The Palazzo is a historic building that was the birthplace of Beatrice Portinari, the muse who inspired the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Later it became the residence of Cosimo I of Tuscany, whose statue still resides in the centre of the Palazzo’s courtyard.
The stunning Italian ‘salotto’ will boast an enviable position overlooking the central streets of Florence and is situated close to Piazza Duomo and Brunelleschi’s Dome, which makes it the ideal place for an immersive and emotional fine dining experience.
“I’m truly honoured to return to the city that adopted me many years ago. I can’t wait to present all the details of this new fine dining restaurant and to welcome guests from Florence and all over the world.” said Chef Vito (right).
Guests who have a penchant for history will be thrilled to know that the Chic Nonna di Vito Mollica inside Corte Degli Imperatori will feature frescoes dating back to the fifteenth century, depicting Homer’s Odyssey attributed to Alessandro Allori.
In addition to this, Chic Nonna di Vito Mollica will have a Lounge Bar & Bistrot, with a variety of menus, which have been inspired by the Tuscan and Italian culinary tradition.
The new restaurant project has resulted from a partnership with LDC Hotels & Resorts, which will be directly managing the apartments and the exclusive Spa that are also located inside the building.
Stefano Cuoco, Global Managing Director & COO of Mine & Yours Group, added, “The return of Vito Mollica to his beloved Florence with a fine dining version of Chic Nonna is a major step for our Group. After the two new openings in Dubai scheduled for 2021, it was important to get back to focus on our country and raise the bar once again. Thanks to the partnership with LDC Hotels & Resorts, we will manage all the f&b operations of this amazing location.”
Marco Casarola, the General Manager of LDC Hotels & Residences Italy, said, “The history and the prestige of Palazzo Portinari Salviati are definitely top-notch, more than owners we feel like guardians. A building that, after our restoration, will be available to the Florentines once again. Our wish was to let a Chef that has been appreciated over the years by citizens and tourists run the restaurant. Together with Vito Mollica and Mine & Yours Group, we are sure to hit the common goal of being a reference point for the fine dining in the city and a pleasant meeting place.”
About the Mine & Yours Group
Mine & Yours Group is a fast-growing company based in Italy and focused on designing and managing facilities, concept restaurants, and customized services in the luxury industry with a major presence in 4 markets to date.
These comprise Italy, with a Members Club in Puglia and a Country Club in Porto Cervo. The UK, where the company runs three upscale restaurants in some of the most exclusive neighbourhoods of London: Osteria Romana (Knightsbridge), Osteria Napoletana (Notting Hill) and Santo Mare (Marylebone). The UAE, where two concept restaurants are set to open in 2021 in Dubai: Chic Nonna in DIFC and L’Amo Bistrò del Mare at Dubai Harbour and the US, with an office in New York City and two concept restaurants set to open soon.
For more information on the new Chic Nonna restaurant and the other restaurants in the group, visit www.mineandyoursgroup.com.
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