Italian cuisine served in a vibrant setting

IT’S AN understatementto say Joburg’s slickest Italian restaurant Gemelli is internationally inspired. It is owned by Lesotho-born Alessandro Mosupi Khojane, whose early years (age 2 to 9) were spent in Italy with his diplomat parents, and presided over by chef Paulo Santo who, while of Portuguese extraction, has spent years in Italian kitchens.

Gemelli is set in a space inspired by the style of a New York loft (Khojane’s dream was to bust tables in New York City).

While the interiors (by Studio A) exude contemporary elegance with a mix of wood, leather and concrete and a rich-hued palette of bronze and copper tones, the décor piece de resistance is a mural created by LA-based street artists Cyrcle, conjuring the might of ancient Rome, adorning the wall of the marble bar that runs the length of the restaurant.

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