Project description: Prosecco Ristorante is a newly renovated restaurant in the heart of River North in Chicago. The client, Executive Chef/Partner Mark Sparacino, wanted to revitalize the dining experience for his longtime customers, new visitors, and local residents. Prosecco is a mature, sophisticated, and chic drink derived from the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape and wine originated. The family history, with many strong memories, is represented throughout the entire restaurant. Our Design Studio was tasked with the challenge of keeping the family history alive while creating a light and airy space that alludes to a formal and welcoming Italian trattoria. Working with existing hand-painted ceilings, small open windows, and unique curated Italian artifacts, the restaurant’s casual design is communicated through refined elements, solid wood tabletops, and an open concept chef’s kitchen. The design juxtaposed warm greys and blues with a white marble bar top evoking a high-fashion cosmopolitan city like Milan. The luxurious design employs a dark palette to give diners a sense of privacy and exclusivity. As you enter the restaurant, large panelized windows bring light into the space to highlight a carefully crafted history wall; telling the guest an entire story before embarking on an Italian journey into the restaurant.