A wine store as well as a restaurant, Bella Italia Weine brings a slice of Sicilian culture to Stuttgart
Bella Italia, a wine store as well as a restaurant, is owned by a typically warm-hearted Sicilian woman. In selling the products of her home country and offering creative home-style cuisine on an upscale level, she transfers the Italian spirit to Germany. 'Bella Italia Weine' was run for many years in a small living-room-like place with a very personal atmosphere. To extend the sales area, as well as the seating capacity, she decided to move to a new location.
The new restaurant is located in Stuttgart West, an urban district which is very popular as a residential area as well as a location for offices, particularly for businesses working in a creative field. The restaurant is situated in the ground floor of a freestanding multiple dwelling in a charming Wilhelminian style. The architects' aim was to keep the familiar atmosphere of the first restaurant, highlighting its character as a wine store at the same time.
The character of the room is determined by two elements; at the ceiling the architects have mounted over 90 different mirrors found at jumble sales. The second element is a kind of 'room within the room'. With its large oval table, a large round mirror on a wall with textile covering, a carpet and a bunch of lamps hanging from the ceiling, the space appears like a home-like sitting room. Three large shelf elements allow an effective promotion of the products. A new corporate design completes the image of 'Bella Italia Weine'.