Getting invited to a brand-new restaurant is pretty cool, but we weren't quite prepared for the posh interior at this venue. Located on the second floor of a freshly constructed building that houses Cartier and Gucci among other luxury brands; this is a restaurant that has been designed to keep itself on par with the level of expectation that quite literally comes with the territory. A darkened, moody, and artfully appointed interior are the first things to catch your eye as you walk inside, but it's the enormous lounge area that will make you stop and consider hanging out for a few cocktails before starting dinner. It was a perfect way to kick off our meal, as we sipped mimosas, bellinis, and spumoni that were poured into fashionable crystal. We reclined on expensive leather sofas, and listened to vintage vinyl that played on a gramophone! To say the place is classy is putting it mildly. Mulinaccio staffs two Italian chefs with 15 years of combined experience working in China and they cooked up a variety of dishes. We ate terrifically tender sliced carpaccio, a hand-tossed smoked salmon pizza, which was hands down, the best pizza in Hangzhou, and sausage with fennel. There were also some curiously “deconstructed” presentations of shrimp scampi, and bruschetta, but we didn't quite feel the dishes benefited from breaking them up. Italian food is all about familiarity and comfort for many of us, and we were much happier to sample an item like black truffle risotto, with very little done to make it playful, and more done to ensure proper tastes and textures. The desserts were outstanding, with tiramisu, gelato, panna cotta, and crepes with hazelnut ice cream. Overall, we give Mulinaccio a thumbs-up for taking risks with style and taste, and we're keeping our eyes open to see what else is cooking in the days to come. We're also looking forward to enjoying the al fresco dining on their terrace during warmer months. Prices are surprisingly moderate for the caliber of menu items offered. Parking is plentiful in the basement level garage. And did we mention they’ve got the best pizza in town?
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