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Alfresco, on the walls and on your plate

Bello: Students from the Information Technology High School created this mural depicting the Silk Road, traveled by explorer Marco Polo, that hangs on Marco Polo Ristorante.
Photo by Steven Schnibbe

Carroll Gardens

Magnificio, fantastico, molto buono. Marco Chirico, restaurateur extraordinaire and patron of the arts, has always advocated for education. In order to further the education of students at the Information Technology High School in Long Island City, the owner and chef of Marco Polo Ristorante commissioned the students in the fine arts program to depict the exploration of the Silk Road by Italian explorer Marco Polo, for which the Carroll Gardens restaurant is named.

Under the direction of art teacher Jorge Luis Cordero, the students began the arduous journey of researching, designing, and then applying the skills necessary to create this masterpiece work that was not only historically authentic but visually appealing, too.

After five long months, (the students began work in November of last year), the mural was ready for its close up on May 21.

Borough President Adams, an advocate for both education and good food, was on hand and added his praise of the work, expressing his desire that this project would inspire students to continue learning inside and outside the classroom.

“The entire concept of education is more than what takes place within the four walls of a classroom. It’s about how do we go out and experience the beauty of being in such a rich city,” he said.

Standing O agrees, and says: “Whether it is the mural on the wall or the delicious food on your plate, Marco Polo restaurant offers the best of al fresco.”

Make a reservation, get yourself to Marco Polo and enjoy the view and the menu. Abbondanza!

Marco Polo Ristorante [345 Court St. between Union and Sackett streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 852–5015].

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