Italian Restaurant

Italian Restaurant from Johnny Rocco's Italian Grill

By: Johnny Rocco's Italian Grill  02-12-2010
Keywords: Restaurants, Pizza, Restaurant

 Pulling open the heavy, black wrought-iron doors at Johnny Rocco’s new location in St. Catharines allows you to enter into another world. A combination of new and old welcomes you in, from the rough exposed stone walls to the sleek white subway tiles that act as an accent. After a successful two years in Niagara Falls, Fern Colavecchia, Tony Visca and Frank Ianiello were able to expand and bring there business into the St. Catharines market by moving into the 19th Century Lybster Mill at the corner of Glendale and Merrit. “This area is really starting to change and grow,” Tony said. “I’ve always liked this area and it was just the right place for us.” I n order to realize there vision for the space, Fern and Tony worked with Matthew at Cricket Design Company Inc. from Toronto. He hoped to maintain and honour the architectural history of the building, while at the same time creating a modern Italian atmosphere. “We wanted to create a destination, so when you come here, it feels like an event,” Fern said. A welcoming feeling comes from a combination of the hominess created by the exposed stone walls, warm lighting, rustic wood tables and seating made of rich textures and colours. Accenting all of this with open shelving units holding huge jars of ingredients, surrounded by shiny white subway tile, adds an almost industrial edge to the comfortable atmosphere. A lthough having to cut through 20 inches of concrete in some places to create space slowed down progress, it also proved very rewarding. Many artifacts from the Lybster Mill were unearthed, allowing the design plan to include the historical value of the building. A restored chandelier now hangs in an alcove, giving light to a table made of hundred-year-old wood that hold old doors under glass as a centre inlay. This private space can function as a meeting room for up to 16 people, or serve as a chef’s table for special occasions and tastings. There is also another special event room that can hold up to 60 people and includes a projector and screen, making it suitable for corporate meetings and events. Many of the beloved elements of the original Johnny Rocco’s are still present. The pizza oven is a showpiece with even more room around it. Guests are invited to pull up a stool at the white marble countertop and watch the chefs make mouthwatering handmade pizzas. The open concept kitchen entertains visitors and encourages them to look down the line to watch their meal being made. The functional and immaculate kitchen is a design element in itself, flanked by creative storage space for all the intriguing cookware. Adding to this the scent of an active kitchen and the sound of soft Italian music, it becomes clear that Johnny Rocco’s has successfully

Keywords: Homemade Sauces, Italian Grill, Italian Restaurants, Pasta, Pizza, Pizza Dough, Restaurant, Restaurants

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