Grey Restaurant & Bistrot With Stunning Marble Designs
Near the Montebello (Vicenza) exit on the A4 Milan - Venice motorway lies the Margraf Area, which is home to stunning new dining facilities. The exceptional food and wine is complemented by futuristic architecture and tasteful interior design, with a common thread running through it all: Margraf marble.
Dominating the entrance is a breath-taking creation by designer Raffaello Galiotto, which is called Ripple. The towering propylaeum with a stunning 3D appearance spans 600 m² and adorns the main façade, next to the car park. It is made of exclusive Margraf Fior di Pesco Carnico marble, which can only be found in a quarry in Forni Avoltri (near Udine).
Cutting-edge CNC machinery helped to ensure that hardly any material was wasted in the challenging production process for the innovative piece, which ripples the smooth, 2D architectural surfaces typically associated with modernism and minimalism. Like a stone in a pond, it sends waves across the flat surface.
Once you step through the door, you will find yourself in the world of the Grey Restaurant & Bistrot, which is run by Hospes from the Elior Group. Architect Massimiliano Corsi of Artè Soluzioni d’Arredo was behind the interior design scheme, which sees guests being welcomed by refined book-match style Fior di Pesco Carnico flooring. The same marble also adorns part of the bar walls, while the striking counter is made of Nero Marquinia marble. The Bistrot is open all day and serves everything from breakfast to evening drinks. It has a special area for healthy and organic foods.
Next, you come to the gourmet restaurant, where a range of Margraf marbles take centre stage among a variety of natural colours, materials and features, including a waterfall covering an entire wall, decorative wooden slats that serve as screens, golden and brass finishes on the chairs, and pastel light blue and green sofas. The beautifully balanced, striking surroundings provide an exquisite backdrop to the highly sophisticated gourmet food and wine selection.
The finishing touches to the complex are added by an outdoor lounge garden and a first-floor business centre with a stunning design, exceptional facilities and meeting rooms of various sizes that boast the very finest technology.
Margraf President Silvio Xompero was a big driving force behind the superior new dining facilities, where only products by the finest local companies are presented and promoted.