If you follow me on IG then you probably saw that last week Ben surprised me with a mystery date! I spent all day looking up restaurants in Raleigh that I’ve never been to before or never heard of but I couldn’t figure him out. I went home and slapped on one of my favorite dresses and got ready for our romantic night.
When we arrived at Mulino Italian Kitchen in downtown Raleigh I instantly fell in love. Ben knows I’m a sucker for asthetics, and Mulino had some of the best I’ve seen in town!
The restaurant is set in an old sewing mill from the early 1890s which has been renovated into a new restaurant and wedding space. The old brick building, covered with beautiful vines and flowers, sits below the city skyline surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers, making it a perfect little getaway within the city. And while the food here is most certainly Italian, the ornate interior ceilings, large lounges, and outdoor pool fountain suggest a festive Moroccan vibe.
Our dinner was spectacular. We ate inside due to the rain and humidity from earlier that day, and were seated in dining area with large leather chairs (so comfy). I felt like a mob boss in need of a glass of whisky and a Cuban cigar.
Our server Brian gave us outstanding service, he was knowledgeable not only about the food, but also the wine, which was very important for me. He paired my dish the Rigatoni Bolognese with the lovely Barbera D’asti red wine.
All recommendations came back to the Bolognese and the Lasagna, which Ben ordered, and is probably one of the best I’ve ever had. As a starter we enjoyed the Arancini -which is deep Fried Italian Rice Balls, Taleggio Cheese, Ground Beef, Served with Marinara.
Our dining experience was magical to say the least. As we finished our meals we were approached by the front of house manager, Timothy Pinner, who made sure our experience there was perfect. Tim was so hospitable and even gave us a tour of the restaurant, private dining areas, dj’s space, and the patio bar area. We learned more about the history of the mill and what the future held under creative direction of Samad Hachby.
Mulino is easily one of the most romantic restaurants I’ve ever been to, and arguably my favorite outdoor atmosphere in the city. I could spend hours getting lost in tapas, wine, and great conversation. The food is mouthwatering but also reasonably priced, and the patio aesthetic wins all the points! I can not wait to go back, and I highly recommend you go try this place for yourself- soon!