Boasting over 100 Italian wines and a food menu that plays on traditional Italian cooking, La Taverna is a brand new concept launching in Belfast, located above the popular Fratelli restaurant.
Located in the heart of the city, La Taverna has been created by the same team behind Fratelli thanks to a six figure investment. La Taverna has been designed to complement its downstairs neighbour with a simple yet sophisticated interior. Externally, a 52-seat terrace has been constructed for a continental flavour.
La Taverna was half a year in the making and is unlike anything else currently in the Belfast area. Over 100 different varieties of Italian wines are in stock having been selected thanks to an extensive selection process. The food offering includes Venetian small plates, sharing pans and hand-crafted miniature desserts.
La Taverna is owned by Tullymore House Ltd. who have enjoyed great success with the Fratelli brand. Colin Johnston, Project Manager with Tullymore House Ltd., spoke to Premier Hospitality about La Taverna and how it balances with its sister brand:
“The Fratelli brand is around five years old and we opened the first restaurant at the Galgorm Resort and Spa. We opened on the Belfast site approximately two years ago and since then there has been a natural progression with the success of the business allowing us to focus on launching La Taverna. Our vision was always to create a relaxed Italian wine bar with great selections.
“The interior features exposed red brick walls and barn oak finishes. The outside space is a mixture of marble and barn oak. The space as a whole gives a homely feel but with an essence of quality. It was quite a substantial spend but we want to be known for quality so it was definitely worth it.
“We’ve picked some of the themes from downstairs. For a number of years we’ve been working with a local artist called Paul Bell. For one of the first restaurants we did he painted cows on vibrant backgrounds. When we launched the Fratelli brand he did something similar but with wild boers.
“For La Taverna we wanted something a little different so he’s done the wild boars again but this used charcoal. The black and white colours are really unique and we’ve played on this with the rest of the branding.”
Cheah Rothe acted as design consultants for the overhaul, working closely with the client to finish the work within an extremely tight programme.
Since the opening feedback has been hugely positive, so much so that plans are already in place for La Taverna to expand, as Colin explained:
“Feedback so far has been very good. It’s been successful enough that we’re developing one for the Galgorm Resort and Spa. The aim is to have this open in July. Further to this, we also have a site in Belfast that was formerly a church and we want to develop this as a Fratelli and La Taverna combination. We’re really excited about this concept and are pleased about the success it has had so far.”
La Taverna is open Wednesday to Sunday. For more information please visit fratellibelfast.com.