Moscow restaurant ChichibioPassing the gallery
A photo: Evgeny Luchin
Interview prepared: Oksana Kashenko
Leading headings: Nina Farizova
Project author: Albina Nazimova
Magazine: N1 (156) 2011
Chichibio - an unusual restaurant. It is named after one of the characters of the Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio, chef Quichibio. The restaurateur Alexander Orlov, the producer Alexey Bokov, and the television and film producer Alexander Tsekalo opened it for friends. The author of this project
Oksana Kashenko: Alexander, why did you decide to call the restaurant the name of the cheat-cheat from the Decameron? This is not a software work, not everyone read it, and certainly not everyone knows that Chichibio is pronounced “Kikibio”.
Alexander Tsekalo: Most of the controversies were around the pronunciation of the name: not many are really familiar with the Italian transcription. We even thought to give up and call ourselves “Chichibio”, but then we realized that if the restaurant is visited by lovers of Italian cuisine, they probably come to Italy, which means there can be no compromise: if given an Italian name, you need to pronounce it accordingly. And why, in fact, the name Kikibio worse than any other Italian name?
OK.: Why do you need a restaurant?
A.C .: Would you like to have your own restaurant? .. Of course, I would. I think that this is the dream of any normal person - to have your own restaurant, cafe, dumplings, snack bar, finally.
OK.: Let's say, but what's the point of opening another Italian restaurant, of which there are so many in Moscow?
A.C .: And we have an unusual Italian restaurant. We do not have the usual dishes filled with mouthwash, but there is a unique cuisine of the city of Siena. Tuscan region - the richest of all Italian on a variety of dishes. We, for example, have a tar-tar menu with mustard ice cream! Of course, this is not a classic ice cream, but rather a sorbet of mustard sauce, but the taste is unforgettable. There is still a risotto with beets, many different dishes from offal that are unusual for our taste and mind.
Another difference is our guests. All three restaurant co-owners - Alexander Orlov, Alexey Bokov and I - made every effort so that you could meet good people here. Known or unknown, familiar or unfamiliar. The main thing - those with whom it is pleasant to communicate.
OK.: Speaking of differences ... In your Italian restaurant is not at all Italian interior. Frankly, I like it: it is unusual, fresh, cozy here.
A.C .: Worked on the interior
As for the non-Italian interior, I can say one thing: we all do what we like. Yes, we do not have an Italian interior, but the question arises: what is considered Italian? But we have a cozy and unusual: on the walls hang the original works of contemporary art. These pictures cost 70,000 euros, and the sculpture of Buratino Chapman brothers at the entrance costs 50,000 euros. All - from the personal collection of Sasha Orlov. Where did you see such a restaurant in Moscow? .. My wife and I recently went to Las Vegas and went to a new hotel built by Norman Foster, it is called Aria. I had the impression that Norman Foster gathered all his students-students and said: “Go ahead guys, come off, do everything you wanted to do!” Each floor, each room, each hall is decorated in its own way. In the interiors of this hotel you can actually make films about star wars: it looks as if from 2050. Do not convey in words! And in the lobby of this fantastic, crazy hotel there is a huge sculpture - a flower made of many multicolored kayaks, which were stuck into the core of this flower ... You know, this is strong!
So, I think that for many of our visitors, the paintings and photos that they see on the wall are an important symbol. Those who know about Dubossarsky and Vinogradov will appreciate immediately. Who does not know - will get acquainted.
OK.: It was hard to work with
A.C .: Not easy, true, but the result is worth it. She knows such things and thinks up things that you don’t think of yourself. We chose, for example, chairs for a restaurant, and on their backs - cast heads of a lion with a ring - these are still hung on the door. And Albina took it and took it all off, and the backs became smooth. She said that when a lot of jewelry, bad, dazzled, does not look. And I realized that I agree with her. Or she came up with one table left without a tablecloth.
OK.: Alexander, and you yourself cook something?
A.C .: I'm cooking. But not such dishes as in our restaurant. I became interested in cooking according to the recipes of Niki Belotserkovskaya. Everything is simple and tasty. She even has cooking classes in the south of France, they are now in a frenzied queue. In general, I believe that at the present time it is a great luxury to learn how to cook for yourself, for friends, for guests.
OK.: What else do you think is luxury?
A.C .: For me, luxury is a private jet. If I had a little more money, I would buy myself a plane, so that both my family and I would no longer have problems with passport control, customs, baggage ...
My daughter was born in Italy, in a city from which there are no direct flights to Moscow. When I was going to take them home with my wife, I realized that it would be very difficult and inconvenient. And decided to book a private jet. It was such a happiness! We boarded a plane with a sleeping child, and she did not even wake up on the road.
And for me, luxury is the ability to say “stop” making money. Now the proverb “Time is money” is one hundred percent true. And if you are successful, then the proposals to do that, and the other, and something else come and go. And it's very hard to say no. And I understand that one day it must be done. Because at home - a favorite child who, when I come home, runs to me, hugs, says: “Dad, Dad!” And this is a real luxury - to put things off and come home early to sit next to you.