Rafael Nadal opens a new restaurant in Madrid inspired by the iconic movie ‘Cinema Paradiso’


Rafael Nadal has broadened his entrepreneurial horizons by opening another restaurant, this time in Madrid. Named “Toto”, the restaurant is part of Mabel Capital. It is a capital investment company founded by the 21-time Grand Slam champion with fellow countrymen Abel Matutes Prats and Manuel Campos Guallar.

Most notably, the company also has esteemed sportspeople as partners in its hotel subsidiary. This includes Spanish professional basketball players Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez, as well as Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

The restaurant, the fourth in the Mabel Hospitality Group restaurant chain, is said to have been operational since last week. It serves recipes inspired by Mediterranean and Italian recipes from the 1950s and 1960s.

The establishment presents Emiliano Celi, formerly of the famous Taverna Trilussa in Rome, as head chef. In addition, the restaurant is committed to providing customers with live music daily.

The name “Toto” is a reference to the protagonist of the iconic film “Cinema Paradiso”. The film is credited with revitalizing the Italian film industry and considered one of the greatest films of all time.

Nadal also opened a Roland Garros-centric restaurant at his Mallorca academy just a few months ago.

As part of @rnadalacademy project, Rafael Nadal officially inaugurated the “Restaurant Roland-Garros” in Manacor. The restaurant’s decor includes photos of some of the biggest stars in the history of @Roland Garros – Steffi Graff, Chris Evert, Björn Borg and Rafa himself. https://t.co/RhpU642LzN

On the walls of the establishment hangs a photo of the 13-time Roland-Garros champion himself. They also have photos of fellow Roland Garros legends Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg.

The academy also has two other Grand Slam-themed restaurants, one around the Australian Open and the other around the US Open.

Rafael Nadal kicks off Indian Wells campaign against Sebastian Korda

Rafael Nadal takes on Sebastian Korda in the second round of the 2022 Indian Wells Masters
Rafael Nadal takes on Sebastian Korda in the second round of the 2022 Indian Wells Masters

On the tennis side, Rafael Nadal will start his campaign at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters against Sebastian Korda. The world No. 38 defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis in his first round match to make a date with the Mallorcan.

Having already won three titles in 2022, the Spaniard will be looking to claim his fourth title of the year. He will be looking to continue the resurgent run he has been leading since the start of the new year.

The 15-0 unbeaten streak so far is Nadal’s best start to the season. It’s a record that has the potential to move to 21-0 by the end of the ATP 1000 event.

The world No. 4 has faced Korda once before, in the fourth round of Roland-Garros 2020. The American didn’t offer much resistance back then and fell to a straight-set loss. Although it won’t be as easy on Sunday, the three-time winner is still the strong favorite to reach the third round.

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