Special mention for MB America. International writer and restoration expert, Aylin Öney praises the W37 project powered by Marco Bruzzi and Monica Melotti in her review for "Bon Voyage", a Turkish online magazine about travel and food. In the article, the journalist also writes about LUME and its sophisticated design.
MB America’s CEO and Consul General of Italy in Miami present the Italian Excellences Award in Florida 2017 to Col. Igor Bruni
The Consul General of Italy in Miami Gloria Marina Bellelli and MB America's CEO Marco Bruzzi presented the "Premio Eccellenze Italiane in Florida 2017" ("The Italian Excellences Award in Florida 2017") to Italian Air Force Col. Igor Bruni, 33rd FW Italian Training Supervisor based in Eglin, Florida. During the award ceremony held on Saturday October 28th, 2017 at 93 Palm, an MB America-managed property in Palm Island, Miami Beach, Col Igor Bruni received the annual recognition for his work in supporting the national system, the Italian Country and the local Italian community.
As part of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program at Eglin AFB, earlier this year the Italian Air Force with the generous support from the General Consulate of Italy in Miami, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MB America, the Filippo Marazzi Foundation, ODLI - a branch of the Italian Ministry for the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - and Mayac Inc, launched the "Italian Cooperative Program" to give native Italian language instruction to its dependents’ families and to provide Okaloosa County schools' American students the opportunity to learn the Italian language and culture.
"I am really pleased for Col. Igor Bruni and his team that their work has been recognized with this prestigious award. The Italian Cooperative Program received the Military Child Education Coalition’s (MCEC) 2017 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award earlier this Summer. This recognition is a further testament to the great results achieved thanks a strong collaboration among the General Consulate of Italy in Miami, the Defense Ministry, MB America, ODLI and all the parties involved", commented Marco Bruzzi.
"The new outdoor area is a brilliant idea, it seems to be in a romantic hotel out of town [...] A rectangle surface measuring 160 square meters, a total white aviary-shaped structure, ‘sanpietrini’ tiles and Liberty-style decorations, then the ‘cage’ used as a container: compliments to the architect, Mrs. Monica Melotti." – writes Dominique Antognoni in ‘The Good Life’, a magazine about business and lifestyle, after visiting the new Orto by LUME, and continues: "Mr. Taglienti has a firm and delicate hand, sure and fine, he offers a cuisine in constant evolution, chromatic and creative, he has a very outlined personality".
Two months after its opening, we are pleased to share with you a selection of the most significant press clippings featuring the Orto di LUME.
MB America, the Filippo Marazzi Foundation (FFM) and Mayac Inc receive the Military Child Education Coalition’s (MCEC) 2017 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award - K-12 category - for their Italian Cooperative Program (ICP). MB America’s CEO Marco Bruzzi, FFM’s VP Monica Melotti and Mayac’s Director Luigi Bava were honored and officially recognized with the award on August 1st at the MCEC National Training Seminar in Washington, DC.
On receiving the award on behalf of the ICP’s partners, MB America’s CEO Marco Bruzzi commented "I am extremely honored for this recognition and proud of everyone who made the Italian Cooperative Program possible. We are all touched by the educational issues affecting the highly mobile military children. Being Italian, the fact that through my native language we can benefit these children, makes all this even more exciting for us".
In April 2017, MB America, the FFM and Mayac, together with the Okaloosa County School District (OCSD), launched the ICP with the generous support of the General Consulate of Italy in Miami, ODLI Inc., on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Italian Military Delegation, at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida.
Starting with Niceville High School and Ruckel Middle School in the 2017/18 school year, MB America, the FFM and Mayac pay for the teacher’s salaries, textbooks and teaching materials whilst the OCSD provide the facility space and educational support required to make this program a success for all students involved.
The ICP gives native Italian language instruction to the dependents of active duty Italian Armed Forces members who are stationed at Eglin AFB embedded within the 33rd Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force. Additionally, the ICP provides American students the opportunity to learn the Italian language and culture, with a total number of 160 students who already participate in the program.
The Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award annually recognizes successful partnerships and projects that ultimately benefit military-connected children. The Award is given in two areas: K-12 and higher education. The K-12 award may represent a single project in which a military installation and one or more school districts participated, or it may be a summation of the entire program between a military installation and the school districts serving an installation.
"The Italian Cooperative Program truly lives the MCEC vision to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children. Working together, the General Consulate of Italy in Miami,MB America, the Filippo Marazzi Foundation, Mayac, ODLI and the Okaloosa County School District make great things happen for great kids!" commented Dr. Mary M. Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Military Child Education Coalition.
Michelin-starred restaurant LUME, Milan (Italy), announces the opening of its al fresco area - Orto di LUME - after an extremely successful first year. Since opening in June 2016, with Executive Chef Luigi Taglienti, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star just 6 months later, and more recently was announced as the Best New European Restaurant at the prestigious OAD Awards, held in Paris in May. "We are excited for the next stage of the restaurant’s development" said Marco Bruzzi, Managing Director at LUME. "It was always a part of our plan for the restaurant. The Orto di LUME has been completed on time and ahead of schedule, with no interruption to the day-to-day service."
The restaurant’s new outdoor area is a mesmerising spectacle - a calming white, grey, and green oasis away from the busy streets of Milan’s Navigli district, in which LUME is situated. Within the rectangular 160 sqm outdoor area, the focal point is a large 60 sqm birdcage,in which guests are seated. Here they can order from the same menus offered inside, but also benefit from a "5 sense experience". Surrounded by the plants that bear the fruits of many of the dishes’ core ingredients, such as lemon, basil, rosemary and many more, guests gain a further insight into Executive Chef Taglienti’s simple and seasonal approach to cooking, and are able to recognise the innovative techniques used in LUME’s kitchen to transform these ingredients into dishes that surprise and delight.
The al fresco area adds an additional 16 covers to the restaurant’s current 40. There are four circular tables, with the capacity to seat up to 4 people per table. The area will be open from today until weather permits in 2017, and will open again in Spring 2018.
The philosophy – an extension of the LUME experience
In everything that makes up the LUME experience – the design, the food, the service and the W37 building in which it sits – the dualistic themes of heritage and evolution are present. The new al fresco area gives guests the opportunity to experience what LUME is about in an alternative environment. Indeed, just as Executive Chef Luigi Taglienti’s food honours the importance of history and tradition, while at the same time offering something totally new, the design of LUME both indoors and outdoors and the features that form part of the restaurant’s aesthetics recall the memory of the past but are, at the same time, forward-looking.
The use of the oversized 19th Century bird cage, the Art Nouveau style decorations on the walls and the square stone pavement in the garden are all elements from our past. However, all these decorations have been adapted with a modern, futuristic twist. For example, the birdcage, vastly out of proportion compared to the space in which it sits, is used as a container, and an apple tree, a historic symbol of the fruits that the past can bear, is an espaliered apple tree that grows as a beautiful work of art against the wall.
Commenting on what inspired her design of the Orto di LUME, Architect Monica Melotti said: "At LUME, our goal is to give guests a truly memorable experience, but we also want to encourage them to remember the vital role of memory in both our present and our future. I wanted to transport those dining in the Orto back in time, into a traditional Italian grandmother’s backyard in an outlying metropolitan district. Many of the features that I have chosen to place here are reminiscent of exactly this, but have been reinterpreted; such as the painted white terracotta pots, a garden with edible plants instead of flowers and the 19th Century birdcage."
“An innovative business model brought (LUME) a (Michelin) star...” writes MAG Magazine in a dedicated article featuring an extensive interview to MB America CEO Marco Bruzzi and LUME executive chef Luigi Taglienti.
On April 10th 2017, MB America and Filippo Marazzi Foundation’s Marco Bruzzi and Monica Melotti attended the Okaloosa County School Board meeting during which the Consul General of Italy in Miami, Gloria Bellelli, and the Okaloosa County School District (OCSD) Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Italian Government and the Okaloosa County Public Schools District for the launch of the Italian Cooperative Program, a program funded by MB America, the Filippo Marazzi Foundation and Mayac Inc.
"We are excited to expand educational opportunities for young people across Florida and we are honored to partner with the Okaloosa County School District, the Ente Gestore ODLI Inc - a branch of the Italian Ministry for the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the General Consulate of Italy in Miami and Mayac Inc. for the development of the Italian language and culture in the US," said Marco Bruzzi, MB America CEO and Filippo Marazzi Foundation Vice-President. "We are thrilled about the enthusiasm and energy that students have for learning a new language. The fact that this new language is Italian and that they can learn it thanks to our support, makes all this even more exciting for us."
With generous support from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MB America, together with the OCSD, the Filippo Marazzi Foundation and Mayac Inc, launch the "Italian Cooperative Program" (ICP) by paying for the teacher’s salaries, textbooks and teaching materials. Beginning at Niceville High School and Ruckel Middle School in the 2017/18 school year, the OCSD will provide the facility space and educational support required to make this program a success for all students involved.
This program will give native Italian language instruction to the dependents of active duty Italian Air Force members who will be stationed at Eglin AFB, FL, as part of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Additionally, the ICP will provide American students the opportunity to learn the Italian language and culture.
OCSD Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson stated, "We are so excited to begin the Italian Cooperative Program in Okaloosa’s Schools. It will benefit our students because the importance of cultural experiences is vital to living in a global society."
Financial Times journalist, Jaclyn DeGiorgio, praises the innovative design techniques used in the renovation of a porcelain factory into W37, the building complex in which LUME is situated, describing it as the perfect setting for Executive Chef Luigi Taglienti’s "highly anticipated return to the kitchen."
Paula Jacob at Casa Vogue describes visiting LUME as an artistic and sensory experience, in which the restaurant exhibits its artwork both through the historic yet contemporary design of the site but also the exceptional creations emerging from Executive Chef Luigi Taglienti’s kitchen.
Italian-native but Miami-based hair stylist Luca Mencarini chose 93 Palm, Al Capone's former mansion renovated and managed by MB America, as the setting for its latest photo shoot.
With its historic details, suggestive scenarios and iconic pool, the mansion offered the perfect backdrop for capturing his latest styles.
An extensive and in-depth interview to our Chef Luigi Taglienti published on ll Piacere della Lettura - the Italian newspapers Il Giorno, Il Resto del Carlino and La Nazione supplement.
The article captures the Chef's philosophy and talks about LUME and MB America project.
The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta is currently the largest youth sailing regatta in the United States. With 661 sailors from 27 countries and 20 states, this regatta is consistently rated the most fun and best in the US for youth sailors and their families. Held at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami (Florida), the regatta includes 4 days of competition between Christmas and New Years and opens to Club 420, Laser, Radial, and Optimist classes. Thanks to MB America's CEO Marco Bruzzi, for the first time ever representatives of the Italian Sailing Federation also participate in the regatta this year.
On the occasion of Eataly’s 10 year anniversary in Turin, our Chef, Luigi Taglienti has been invited, together with super-talented colleagues, to participate at the "Piovono Stelle" gourmet dinner and to create a dedicated dish.
A selection of relevant articles featuring MB America, the Michelin-Starred restaurant LUME in Milan and Chef Luigi Taglienti.
MB America and Filippo Marazzi Foundation join forces to improve the quality of patients’ life and the quality of doctors and nurses' work in the poorest Countries.
In collaboration with the Artist Matteo Setti and Composer Daniele Falangone, they release the "The Happiest Season of All" album, which contains six from the most popular festive songs, performed by Matteo Setti.
The EP costs only 10 euro and all proceeds go to charity towards a telemedicine program developed by Why Not Teens and supported by the Filippo Marazzi Foundation in order to deliver health care services, where distance is a critical factor.
For more info and to purchase "The Happiest Season of All" album, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two new awards in addition to those recently received: Cucina D’autore by "Alberghi e ristoranti d’Italia 2017" guide of the Italian Touring Club and Restaurant News of the Year by the guide "I Cento Milano 2017"
LUME, the restaurant led by chef Luigi Taglienti, has been awarded a Michelin Star at the presentation of the Michelin Guide 2017 – the 62th Italian edition – at the Teatro Regio in Parma.
This important award comes just five months after the restaurant opened its doors and recognizes the fantastic work of chef Taglienti and his team as well as the contribution of MB America, who designed and created the restaurant.
The Michelin Guide gave the following explanation for the decision: “The very name of LUME is indicative of the key role light plays in the restaurant, courtesy of the large windows. The kitchen revolves around the big personality of chef Luigi Taglienti, who serves up modern, creative dishes which draw on both Lombardy and Liguria, his home region.”
“It’s a lovely surprise. I’m delighted and honoured with this award, which will spur us on to be even better. We’re an Italian restaurant and we want to be an ambassador for Italian excellence in the international domain.” Executive chef Luigi Taglienti commented the award.
LUME is part of W37, an exclusive, multi-functional complex set in the industrial setting of the former Richard Ginori factory, in the Naviglio Grande area of Milan.
The Consulate General of Italy in Miami “Premio Eccellenze Italiane in Florida 2016” to Emanuela Verlicchi Marazzi, modenese entrepreneur and philanthropist, originally from the Romagna region, founder of the Filippo Marazzi Foundation (FFM).
The annual recognition was presented by Gloria Marina Bellelli, Consul General of Italy in Miami and Luigi Bava, President of ODLI (Organization for the Diffusion of the Italian Language, National Manager which operates under the official auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The awards ceremony was last October 29th at 93 Palm, the luxurious residence managed by MB America, Italian-American investment and real estate company, also responsible for the architectural renovation. “I'm glad with this awards ceremony, which marked the final event of the Il mese della Cultura italiana, Italo – Americana in Florida”, said the Consul General Gloria M. Bellelli. “I'm excited and honored to have received this award”, said Emanuela Verlicchi Marazzi. “This award was a pleasant surprise and infuses new ideas for the projects I'm developing with Marco Bruzzi and Monica Melotti, Vice Presidents of the Filippo Marazzi Foundation”.
The reasons of the award, given in the nameplate, “... with the support for the diffusion of Italian culture in the world honors our country and demonstrates the ability of the earth. With the hope ofgreat success and the recognition for the important results in the education field and the diffusion of the Italian language and culture, which continue to characterize the institutional activities of the Filippo Marazzi Foundation”.
Emanuela Verlicchi Marazzi founded the Foundation in memory of her late husband Filippo Marazzi, first in Italy in 2014 and then in the US in 2015. In particular, in Miami, in collaboration with ODLI, the FFM has established a scholarship for young Italian talented graduates in literary disciplines, to give them the opportunity to teach the language, art and culture Made in Italy to the students to the American colleges and universities, such as the Miami Country Day School and the Keiser University.