The client’s request was to revive the soul of the “Marchese del Grillo” – with inspiration from Mario Monicelli’s film – inside their future restaurant. Because of this, there was difficulty in re-proposing the owners’ idea without falling into a trivial scenography that people had already seen. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of an eighteenth-century building on the ancient Via di Ripetta in Rome. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you can breathe the air of the ancient courtyards of the bourgeois palaces. A large space, which is deliberately open, to allow the light to play in a natural way possible.
Taking inspiration from the taverns of the past
On the one hand, a reference to the life of “Carbonaro Gasperino” can be seen through the choice of furniture. This with inspiration from the taverns of the past with wooden tables and chairs, marble counters, and antique walls.
The two souls of the project are in the heart of the restaurant, the great kitchen and the impressive and rich amaro bar. All cleverly connected to each other by a long counter and a large window. The wooden counter with a white Carrara marble top has a certain visual workmanship. It all comes together with the brass structure and the flooring in old black and white checkered tiles.
The third soul, if we may have a saying, is the pleasant ambience in the room. A delightful murmur, not to quiet, not too loud. Just a pleasant background that builds up an appetite and inspires to a conversation. As you might have heard, there is a correlation between the ambience in the room and the taste of food and since a large portion of the ambiance is built up by the Fellert Even Better acoustic ceiling, we end up with the conclusion that there is a direct link between good room acoustics and good food.