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Empty Space – Interview with Francesco Montanari

There’s a nice interview with Francesco Montanari, who runs one of our favourite restaurants, Empty Space, in local newspaper Chiamami Citta. Nice, because it gives you an insight into why Montanari’s restaurant (run with a number of friends) is such a special place.

Francesco, before taking up the challenge of establishing a restaurant, worked as an actor – touring Italy with the L’Impasto travelling theatre company, and subsequently the world famous Motus group (based in the nearby town of Sant’arcangelo di Romagna).

Empty Space is not just a restaurant, but also a cultural space / chillout bar where you can enjoy apperitivi, art exhibitions, films, drama, and great music – part of its charm is that it has an extensive garden area where you can eat/relax or enjoy the art around you.

It’s not just about art, though, as Francesco’s varied background highlighted in the interview shows. Because while he may have travelled extensively and worked in the avant-garde of theatre, his roots are pure Rimini – he’s the son of a Bagnino, and worked plenty of summers at the family run #41 beach zone, and that translates into hard-work and learning how to match customer’s expectations and needs.

That’s what I like about Empty Space. It combines an innovative approach, both in the setting and in terms of the menu, along with a solid service.

You’ll find Empty Space tucked away in the corner of Rimini’s most picturesque neighbourhood, the Borgo San Giuliano (Via Matteotti 28/i), just a couple of minutes away from the magnificent Ponte di Tiberio. It’s well worth making the trip.

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