Tailor-made craftsmanship for luxury vehicles and gourmet meals the Italian way
After three years of renovation guided by architect Michele De Lucchi, the historic Agip service station designed by Mario Bacciocchi in the 1950s. ‘Garage Italia Customs’ will host in its 1700 square meters of surface area – two floors and a basement – the project originated by the collaboration between Lapo Elkann and Carlo Cracco: a creative hub for customizing cars, bikes, scooters, boats, and luxury vehicles, paired with a café and restaurant opened from 9.30am to 2am and run by the famous chef.
An enthusiastic Cracco commented: “It was beautiful and inspiring to work on this project. Garage Italia is a magic container in which fun, creativity, good cooking, passion, and dream come together.” The whole project enhances the Made in Italy and the national know-how, and its website points out that: “Garage Italia Customs is the contemporary evolution of the Italian craftsmanship excellence and of the desire to own something that is unique”.
Indeed, the concept of ‘tailor-made’ is deeply ingrained in both areas of Garage Italia Customs, which focus on the quality of raw material and the originality of the outcome, be it supercar or a dish inspired by an Italian traditional recipe.
The restaurant is located on the second floor of the former service station and has an outdoor area on the terrace. At the center of the dining room, it features a cocktail bar created recovering the bodywork of a white Ferrari 250 GTO, and, on the ceiling, there is a sinuous toy race track with Formula 1 models.
On the first floor there is the café, which boasts and a spectacular installation of automotive models suspended above the flaming red bar, and offers quick lunches, salty snacks, burgers, salads.
Ilona Catani Scarlett