European epicureans delight in these design-minded eateries.
1. Firm: Vudafieri-Saverino Partners
Project: Dry Milano
Site: Milan, Italy
Standout: The pizzeria’s exposed structure contrasts brass-finished tables and lighting fixtures with incandescent bulbs, touches that nod to 1970’s Italian dining traditions.
2. Firm: Michaelis Boyd
Site: London, UK
Standout: A timber altar and arched windows, original to an 18th-century church, lend a majestic air, while geometric rubber flooring evokes 1960’s Hong Kong teahouses.
3. Firm: Jestico + Whiles
Project: Alston Bar & Beef
Site: Manchester, UK
Standout: After descending the steel staircase, guests encounter a marble bar and backlit glass storage for bespoke gins that lends luster to Tank Petrol’s hand-painted mural.
4. Firm: Azovskiy + Pahomova Architects
Site: San Sebastian, Spain
Standout: Glass walls with embossed drawings brighten upholstered banquettes and furniture in Balinese wood—as do the mid-century pendants purchased at a shop next door.
5. Firm: Architetto Pierluigi Piu
Project: Ristorante Olivo
Site: London, UK
Standout: An ode to Sardinian weaving, sepia-hued stone bas-reliefs portraying lapwing birds backdrop linen tablecloths in a distinctive duck-egg color.
6. Firm: COLL COLL
Site: Prague, Czech Republic
Standout: Anchored by a 15-meter-long bar, Czech and Basque culinary delicacies are consumed in three dark-hued dining areas enlivened by foliage.
7. Firm: OEO Studio
Site: Copenhagen, Denmark
Standout: Nordic furnishings nod to local fare, while 3D-knitted pendants, aquamarine ceramic tableware, and fishscale-shaped floor tiles bring Eastern vibes to Tivoli Gardens.
8. Firm: Destilat
Site: Linz, Austria
Standout: “Less is more” informs the historic building’s meticulously restored archways and locally crafted smoked-oak furnishings.