Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar

With Castello Banfi  

Sponsored by Elliott Davis LLC, John & Debra Ratliff


Castello Banfi

Banfi was founded in 1978 thanks to the will of the Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani.

From the beginning, the goal of the two brothers was to create a state-of-the-art winery combined with the most advanced science in the vineyards for the production of premium wines.

Together with the Mariani family, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy’s foremost enologists, who understood that due to the richness of the soils and the privileged microclimatic position, the property would have great capacity of development.

In those years, the brothers, John and Harry, also purchased Bruzzone, a historic winery in Piedmont. Founded in 1860 and specialized in the production of sparkling wines, today is known as Banfi Piemonte.

Tuscany’s most honored vineyard estate, Castello Banfi’s award-winning wines are exported to over 90 countries around the world. Lauded for groundbreaking research on the Sangiovese vine to produce superior Brunello and super Tuscan wines; producing healthy, more organic wines that are low in sulfites and histamines; and developing cutting edge winemaking techniques, Castello Banfi is the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility as well as an international leader in customer satisfaction.



Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar

The word Mulino means “the mill,” which has historical significance to the restaurant’s location in Melrose Knitting Mill, a historic space which opened in 1901 as the City of Raleigh’s textile factory which first made undergarments and then manufactured bathing suits for the city’s first public pool.
Samad Hachby, owner, a native of Morocco, moved to Raleigh to attend NC State University after studying Italian and working on Italian cruise ships around the world, where he further honed his knowledge of Italian wines and cuisine. If you look at the history of Morocco, many of the cultural and culinary influences came from Italy. Mulino wants to elevate that influence by putting the focus on Italian dishes that highlight both traditional and unexpected Italian flavors.”