AW designed the flagship location for this gourmet pizza restaurant and bar as a kit of parts that has become the basis of its brand, subsequently recreated in another Boston area location.
The restaurant’s aesthetic of minimalism and authenticity is expressed in the finishes used throughout the space. Physical comfort and visual pleasure are derived from a harmony of seemingly unsympathetic and unconventional materials: steel, concrete, and cherry wood. Joinery and fasteners are deployed to expand understanding of the craftsmanship required in this design and construction, and to reflect the ethos of this restaurant’s brand.
In both the original flagship store in Cambridge and the satellite location in downtown Boston, the restaurant’s minimalist aesthetic leaves room for an important gesture that anchors each in its neighborhood. In Cambridge, a large existing window was uncovered during renovation that provides a powerful visual and spatial connection between the rear Dining Room and Cambridge’s 375-year-old Old Burying Ground. At the restaurant near Fenway Park, movable exterior walls expand the space to outdoor dining, merging with community activity during neighborhood events and major league baseball games.
Jean-Yves Loizance Food & Wine Research, Inc.
Marc Truant & Associates, Inc.