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From a traditional trattoria to a stylish restaurant: the Locanda Nonna Rosa gets a makeover

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Renovating a traditional restaurant with stoneware - 1

Porcelain stoneware becomes the standout feature in the restyling of a Neapolitan restaurant that combines simplicity and tradition with creativity and experimentation.

Somma Vesuviana is a Neapolitan town that has been linked to the culture and processing of salt cod and stockfish since 1500. The roots of this combination date back to a time when trade between Northern Europe and the area on the slopes of Vesuvius was developed and firmly established. Over the centuries, this product has become synonymous with knowledge, tradition and excellence, resulting in a district full of traditional restaurants.

The Locanda Nonna Rosa is one of the best known, partly thanks to the expertise of its travelling chef Vincenzo Nocerino. Simplicity and tradition are combined with creativity and experimentation: this is the concept behind the restaurant, the starting point for the restyling project commissioned to architect Luigi Sorrentino.

The interior has been radically transformed with new large-size wall coverings and through the masterful re-use of existing spaces. Today, the restaurant consists of a kitchen created from a structure made of tuff – a material traditionally used in local architecture –, two indoor rooms and an outdoor room from which you can partly see the cooking area.

The indoor rooms have been decorated with Grande Concrete Look slabs, concrete-effect 6 mm slimline stoneware in the 160x320 size and Graphite colour. The floor, which is practically joint-free, gives the rooms a refined, minimalist style and continues in the bathroom, featuring walls decorated with the vibrant colours of Crogiolo Lume Blue, super-glossy porcelain stoneware brick tiles in the new 6x24 size. The ceramic surfaces dialogue with the natural surfaces in the building: the stone of the steps connecting the rooms, the warm wood of the classic furniture, and the characteristic tuff on the outdoor veranda.

The outdoor room, featuring a veranda that becomes a luxuriant winter garden, is paved with Mineral porcelain stoneware in the 75x150 size, which introduces a metal effect into the project in two different colours (Corten and Iron), creating a connecting ceramic tile carpet.

In the heart of the Locanda Nonna Rosa – its large, well-organised kitchens – tradition lives on and is enhanced in every sense: the tiles are small (20x20) and the decor evokes the past with the grit effect and texture of old cement tiles. Crogiolo D_Segni Scaglie is used both in the Decoro Mix version (on the wall) and with a checkerboard effect, using two different colours, white and anthracite (for the floor).

Neutral walls, stylish lighting and a sophisticated selection of furnishings contribute to the transformation of the previous premises, emphasising the contemporary evolution of the traditional inn, which becomes an elegant, designer restaurant while remaining deeply rooted in the heart of tradition and the simple flavours that can be enjoyed within.


Project by Luigi Sorrentino, Laud Dual studio

Ph Erica Settembre