Il Fiorista is the first hospitality project by Italian husband and wife Alessandra & Mario De Benedetti, who are pursuing their shared passion for flowers, hospitality and design. Since childhood, the pair have been instilled with the importance of flowers, not just for the beauty they bring to daily life, but also for their environmental, health and taste benefits. Now, with New York City as their home base, they look to share and expand this knowledge.
Gates Otsuji, the noted mixologist behind the cocktail programs at 701West, The Standard, NIX and more, is known for nuanced, imaginative flavor profiles and a deft handling of ingredients. At Il Fiorista, he's chosen to plant a garden of beverage potential, one that is intertwined with Il Fiorista’s food, education and floral design elements.
After many years of experience crafting arrangements for such NYC restaurants as Estela, Cafe Altro Paradiso and Marlow & Sons, Mindy Cardozo is developing a unique marriage of floral design and cuisine, a seasonal practice of using the whole flower that understands no front or back of the house — only flowers and their inspiring (and delicious) potential.