September 2019 editorial

Vintage HiFi gear at the restaurant!

[Vintage gear and good meal]

Author: Lucio Cadeddu - TNT Italy
Published: October, 2019

In July we published an article about a very rare find: vintage HiFi components in a mall!. Yes, weird as it might seem, there's a consumer electronics store in Italy which sells vintage HiFi components and complete systems.

Now you can imagine my surprise when I discovered a small Italian restaurant where music is played on vintage HiFi systems, and where you can go and choose your vinyl to play while having a lunch or a dinner. Yes, not only is there good music reproduced by cool vintage components, but you can also choose your favourite LP (or CD/tape) and play it!

[Miles Davis & B&O Beogram 1000!] [Mamma Muli' menu]

The small restaurant (a trattoria, indeed), Mamma Muli', is managed by Davide Labella, clearly a die-hard “vintage” audiophile. The trattoria is located in Miranda, a very small village (just 990 people!) in the South/Center of Italy, less than 10 km from Isernia (Molise). They also have a nice Facebook page and can be contacted via e-mail at virtualezio (at)

Besides their plates, prepared using just genuine local food, they offer some tasty vintage components from the Sixties and the Seventies for you to enjoy. What follows is a small gallery of what you can find there. HiFi systems change every now and then, exactly like the plates on their menu.
Among these:

[Vintage gear at the restaurant!]
Acoustic Research AR 3A (legendary!)

[Vintage gear at the restaurant!]
B&O Beogram 1000 turntable (rare! The very first BeoGram!)

[Vintage gear at the restaurant!]
Kenwood KR-8340 4-channels integrated amplifier

[Vintage gear at the restaurant!]
All-in-one Brionvega rr126 (1966, rare!)

[Vintage gear at the restaurant!]
Klein+Hummel Telewatt vs56 tube amplifier (1963), Teac v-909rx tape deck

[Vintage gear at the restaurant!]
Acoustic Research AR 18 loudspeakers

[Vintage HiFi at the restaurant!]

If you happen to visit the Molise region, be sure to book a table at Trattoria Mamma Muli', for sure you'll enjoy some good meals and tunes! I simply love this idea! I believe these are those small ideas that have a much stronger impact (on non-audiophiles) than the vulgar display of power (and money) we can see at HiFi Shows, where a component can cost as much as a supercar.

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