On March 4, 1996, Madonna He recorded the video clip of the song at the Confitería del Molino Love don´t live here anymore and presented it to the eyes of the whole world. It was the day off from filming his version of the movie Evita. The one that served as the set was the same room where illustrious visitors from politics and national and foreign culture once passed such as José Félix Uriburu, Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, Prince Humberto II of Italy, Eduardo de Windsor -the Prince from Wales-, Alfredo Palacios, the tenors Tito Schipa and Beniamino Gigli, the sopranos Lily Pons and María Barrientos. Also poets and writers such as Leopoldo Lugones, Amado Nervo, José Ingenieros, Oliverio Girondo, Roberto Arlt and Ramón Gómez de la Serna; Eva Duarte herself, Niní Marshall, Libertad Lamarque and Carlos Gardel.
Del Molino, inaugurated in 1905, was more than the historic confectionery located in front of the National Congress building. It represented a place of encounters, of first dates among the aromas of freshly served roasted coffee. It meant a space where waiters dressed in white jackets and black bows began to be accomplices of the frequent diners with whom they shared hardships when, in 1997, it closed its doors.
After compliance with the expropriation procedure initiated by Law 27.009, approved in 2014, the traditional Buenos Aires building was transferred to the National Congress and the Administrative Commission of the Mill Building, created by that law, took office in July 2018. Thus began a series of recovery tasks for this icon of the Art Nouveau style, declared a National Historic Monument and which to the joy of many It reopened doors a few days ago to honor those who made its history. The relatives of those farmers and former employees were there.
The relatives of Alfredo Mayer, the first son of the place. Alfredo was born in apartment 2º B on August 19, 1919 and was the first to be born in the building: at that time, mothers did not usually give birth in clinics but in homes. He lived there until he was 25 years old, when he graduated as a civil engineer and moved to Junín.
He was the pampering pastry chef Cayetano Brenna -founder of Del Molino- who always gave him cremona nougat (torrone di cremona) brought from Italy. His relatives said that the first-born son of the Confectionery had an agreement with Brenna: “he always remembered the meringues, which then cost 5 cents, which he gave him if he kept the promise of having the soup.” Mayer passed away in 2016.
He was also a special guest Edmundo Diaz, saloon waiter between 1981 and 1991, years in which only men served the tables. “I love that confectionery. It was all for me, I started culturally in Del Molino “, he says excitedly and continues: “It was my school and my learning,” he acknowledges and appreciates having met legislators and prominent entertainment personalities.
Among his memories brings to Nahum Caesar “Chacho” Jaroslavsky, MP for Entre Ríos who “used to order a double coffee, ristretto, black bread, turkey and golf sauce and another raw and pineapple sandwich,” he recalls. He also remembers that the former president Carlos Saúl Menem “In December I used to greet the employees of the confectionery at the end of the year. I would go down the elevator to the basements and toast with the staff. “
Also attended Liliana cerruti, daughter of Gino Cerruti, an Italian pastry chef who worked at Del Molino until 1974. Gino was the one who had the recipe for the famous sweet bread from the confectionery and she is the one who keeps her jealous.
Gino was also the one I made the coconut dumplings for Juan Domingo Perón and sent them to the Casa Rosada.
The Gianotti, the family of Francisco Gianotti, the architect who built the Mill Building. Clara, his great-granddaughter, contacted in 2018 on Instagram with those who are in charge of the Confectionery to ask that his family can go back to tour the building and there they arrived with his brothers and his father Cesar, grandson of the outstanding architect.
Gianotti was born in Italy in 1881 and died in Buenos Aires on February 13, 1967. He was a representative of the Art Nouveau style with works such as the Güemes Gallery and the Confitería del Molino in Buenos Aires and in Salta he designed the Mercado San Miguel as well as palaces. private residential buildings and the Centennial Pavilion, currently of the University of Salta, in the style of the Austrian “Sezession”. At the end of his career he identified with the architectural movement known as “rationalism.”
Horacio Andón is the grandson of Ramon Tejo and who donated to the building the nostalgic postcards that Cayetano Brenna himself sent to his grandfather, who worked as a waiter and foreman in the confectionery between 1919 and 1935.
Among one of the materials delivered by Horacio, there is an order book containing the different awards given to the Confectionery: in Genoa 1892, in Chicago 1893, in San Francisco, California in 1916, a Great Medal of Honor and a Gold Medal .
Representing your grandfather John Baptist Brignole, a Genoese immigrant and one of the first pastry chefs of the Confectionery until 1919, was Hector Brignole, owner of the El Progreso Bakery, who shared with the commission his grandfather’s mythical cookbook where he had the most outstanding desserts from the Mill.
When he left El Molino, Brignole opened his own confectionery that became another of the emblematic places of the City. Clients such as Mario Clavell, Fioravanti and Jorge Luis Borges passed through there.
Luis Goñi He worked in the confectionery from 1992 to 1994. He was a friend of Cayetano Brenna’s granddaughter and began working as a cashier at Del Molino and later joined the fast food sector, a space that worked in the last years before the definitive closure in 1997.
In a meeting place and witness to the beginning of many romances, Ana León and Camilo Domínguez they were touched by the Cupid who hid those walls. They were co-workers at the Mill from the 1980s and until the closure. Three years ago they met again and fell in love. They do not stop remembering their years in that place.
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