Newly restyled Italian restaurant Piatti in Montreal: textures, materials and colors project customers among the flavors of the Mediterranean - DesignOnWeb
For more than 15 years, Piatti has been a culinary institution on Montreal's north shore. Located in what was once a small old stone residence, the building was expanded several decades ago to accommodate a larger commercial space. A devastating fire necessitated the rebuilding of the damaged parts and, in the tragedy, provided an opportunity for restyling
The renowned Italian restaurant Piatti is housed in a two-story building, and the lower one contains the entrance, kitchen, private event room, and bathrooms. As customers enter and ascend the main staircase, they discover the dining areas, kitchen, and waterfront terrace. The main floor, on the upper level, is divided into three separate dining rooms, each with its own unique atmosphere. The bar, on the other hand, is located in the original stone building and offers an intimate and cozy penumbra environment
In the more modern extension of the building is the main dining area, where the exterior openings have been substantially enlarged, allowing direct circulation to the terrace and bringing more natural light inside. Separated from this main space with a fluted glass partition, we find an intimate room for more exclusive occasions. The overall aesthetic designed by Ivy Studio is strongly contemporary intentionally contrasted with the décor, inspired by traditional Italian design: textures, materials and colors that project guests directly into the Mediterranean
A monumental green marble oven from Saint-Denis towers in the center of the restaurant to celebrate Piatti's notoriety for its selection of pizzas. Opposite, a curved black-stained wood counter serves as a dining surface. Across the room, a pistachio-green, hand-plastered chicane leads staff from the dining room to the enclosed kitchen. To its right, an upholstered sienna-colored velvet bench floats in front of a mirrored wall, doubling the depth of the space. In the center of the hall floor, a patterned marble inlay breaks the continuity of natural oak
Walking through the ancient stone walls and over the marble threshold, one enters the bar area. The U-shaped structure of the bar is clad with vertically grooved oak panels that support a 4-inch-thick travertine top. Above it hangs a steel wine rack that holds dozens of bottles hidden but intuitable through the backlit canned glass. Perimeter recessed lighting throughout the ceiling highlights the original stone walls.
Nearly all the restaurant seating is classic bistro chairs and stools, differentiated by color and material. The bar stools are custom-designed, made of the same steel, wood, and velvet found throughout the restaurant
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