The new Pizzeria San Lazzaro | Pizza Legend in Cortona, designed by Emanuele Svetti, is an unconventional environment, where the presence of surreal elements, that recall oneiric dimensions, can be experienced combined with a game of two-dimensional geometries.
Inspired by the claim Pizza Legend, the space, which has a floor area of only 95 square meters on a single floor, is characterised by the black and white of the surfaces, “broken” by the unexpected arrival of an iron giant that looks out, in an unprecedented perspective from the ceiling.
Getting there was a job of “high spatial tailoring”: the architect worked closely with the pizza makers looking for the best possible optimization and thus create a harmonious compromise between style and functionality.
In the coverings, it was used grès to maintain easily sanitized technical spaces and to create a geometric pattern capable of giving originality to the whole environment. The grès covers the floor and some walls creating a suggestive pattern effect, while a part of the restaurant room has been defined with a contrast line between black and white wall enamel. The result is a captivating game of geometries.
Unconventional the choice of applying wallpaper to the ceiling inspired by the “Project” collection, designed for Zambaiti Parati, specifically reworked by the studio.
As soon as the customer enters the restaurant, he/she is literally “welcomed” by a robot that comes out curious to “greet” the guest through a sort of gash in the ceiling from which a part of the Cortona skyline can be glimpsed. The conventionally empty space of the ceiling is thus filled with an original solution by an element that characterizes it and makes it recognizable.
The counter covering was always made of grès on a wooden structure that rests on the refrigerated metal elements, but here with a Venetian terrazzo effect that incorporates the contrast between white and black, emphasized by a skilful play of profiles of light that enhance the play of geometries.
The tables were made to design with a Pedrali base using grès tiles that act as a support surface. Seats are by Pedrali and the stools are positioned in front of the pizza making area.
In conclusion, Pizzeria San Lazzaro is a cozy, compact, original place and certainly far from the stereotype of the pizzeria, interpreted in the strong, playful and elegant style that characterizes so many of the architect Emanuele Svetti’s projects.