Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
Centrolina in Washington, DC by CORE architecture + design
May 10th, 2018 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: CORE architecture + design
Centrolina is a 4,075 SF dual-concept mercato and osteria that blends a casual California aesthetic with an urban Italian market. The space personifies a market that you can dine within, where Chef highlights seasonality on her menu. An architectural “island” anchors and unifies the space and guests circulate around it to discover the intimate osteria. The “island” begins with the osteria bar, transitions into mercato counters, and terminates as the mercato espresso counter. This allows the spaces to feel cohesive, while also operating as two concepts.
Great consideration was given to transitions through various dayparts. The espresso counter trans-forms from breakfast and midday provisions into an evening wine bar. The osteria bar functions as an upscale casual lunch counter and transitions to a lively bar scene. With 52 dining seats, 12 bar seats, and a PDR, Centrolina offers a variety of environments.
Centrolina’s easy, chic aesthetic combines blond and grey woods with accents of turquoise and fuchsia. White metal, painted brick and polished concrete are balanced with leather and terracotta. Guests are immersed in the cooking experience thanks to views of the fresh produce and open kitchen, where a 4-person booth facing the wood oven becomes a chef’s table. The most stunning feature is a constellation arrangement of mirrored sconces on the brick wall over the banquettes. The warm, edited palette and clean architecture mirrors Chef’s approach to cooking: with honesty of ingredients and seasonality, the food is beautifully edited as well.
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