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La Favorita Restaurant, Edinburgh


Project Value: £500k
Client : Vittoria Restaurants
Design Stage : C-L

Leith Walk’s La Caprice was an established pizzeria, renowned for its log fired pizzas baked in a traditional oven. The business had declined from its heyday in the 1970’s and our client identified it as an ideal opportunity to recreate a specialist eatery in Leith.

The brief was to create a ‘glamorous’ Italian restaurant environment, increase the number of covers by 50% and create a new façade. Other technical aspects were to accommodate two bespoke log fired pizza ovens, associated flues and meet DDA equirements.The premises had been sequentially extended across four original shopfronts resulting in various level changes and slappings. The full extent of alterations was not revealed until the strip out was completed.

Our approach was to maximise front of house activities at the ground floor by making efficient use of the considerable basement for ancillary functions previously sited at ground floor level. By doing this the desired increase in available space for covers (around 144) was achieved. The main kitchen, bar and reception areas were configured to emphasise the pizza ovens as the focal feature - allowing diners to ‘see & be seen’ and engage in the theatre of the pizza chef as they watch their meal being prepared.

Some structural works were necessary to create as much open space as possible and permit natural light from the rear elevation. Natural light is supplemented by a digitally programmed lighting system, from which a variety of moods can be created allowing for each ‘dining room’ to have a different atmosphere. The original stepped 4 bay frontage was unified below a granite clad goalpost with a backlit stainless steel fascia that extends across the entire elevation. Oak-framed floor to ceiling glazed units follow the rhythm of the original bays and allow the interior to be fully visible from Leith Walk. The completed restaurant design has revitalised the middle section of Leith Walk and proved a very successful environment for diners & staff alike.

La Favourita Restaurant
La Favourita Restaurant
La Favourita Restaurant