Amarone is a feast for the senses; down to the the food, the materials, and the smells of the Italian kitchen.
Amarone, a landmark Italian restaurant on Union Street, Aberdeen, has recently undergone a refurbishment to replace the existing interiors and give the space a fresh look, after a fire destroyed it a year prior.
The project involved completely stripping out the fire damaged restaurant, fitting a new professional kitchen, rebranding and a new overall look, providing the restaurant with a new cocktail bar as a central feature.
A tubular brass cocktail bar was added where diners can enjoy an aperitif in one of the intimate booths or at the bar before their meal. With 300 sq. m of floor space, Amarone can accommodate 200 diners, with two areas for private dining including the “Primo Piano” mezzanine with its own separate bar. There is also an open pizza kitchen.
The project lead designer was Jelena Kerr of the DRG Restaurant Group who was tasked and trusted with the project from start to completion.
“I started with the front of house and designed the central cocktail bar using polished timbers, a variety of marble ,and granite and then added the formidable brass central “crown” rising to some four metres within the space,” Jelena said. “The bar needed to be surrounded by sumptuous walnut veneered panels, inset calacatta marble, bespoke brass wall lights ,and selected artwork, all to reflect the mood I wanted to create. This was then complimented by series of bottle green fluted back leather booths, a marble floor and granite table tops. Other design accents included careful use of bronze bevelled mirrors to create a jewelled band, and flesh coloured painted walls mixed with rich burgundy on soft furnishing with soft sage green.
The design included the creation of the “Primo Piano” mezzanine, which is accessible by an illuminated staircase with its own separate bar facility. Jelena re-used the original Murano glass multi coloured vases within new illuminated recesses of the rear wall of the ground floor private dining area. What was originally a low ceiling, and very dimly lit room, now has a transformed sense of height. The newly designed timber beam and bronze mirrored ceiling is fitted incorporating simple lighting which enlivens the environment. Unlike the main restaurant- the upholstery used here features spiced red banquettes paired with lush velvet inserts.
The previous open pizza kitchen simply blended into the background but is now surrounded by full height walls of vibrant green glazed tiles and has become a feature of its own, ascending into the glazed roof.
“ A key element was the creation of an intimate atmosphere which, in development with a specialist lighting supplier, I was able achieve by using a series of individual high output spotlights ,which can cast a pool of light directly onto the centre of a table top,” Jelena continued. “In addition ,all the elegant tiered brass pendants and swan neck wall lights were bespoke; designed and manufactured in Italy. Within restaurant design, lighting is paramount, so I had to ensure all lights were on separate circuits and dimmable to control the ambience for the time of day.”
The menus at Amarone include A La Carte, Lunch and Pre Theatre, Festa Della Mamma, Menu Amarone, gluten free, breakfast and a kids and vegan menu.
Jelena finished: “This project has left me feeling proud, excited and inspired. It’s been my largest personal project working as an in house Designer for the DRG Group.”
About Amarone Aberdeen
Amarone della Valpolicella is the wine of North east Italy. Made in Valpolicella there are three areas, each with their own style of the wine; Valpantena, Classico and Est, the extended area. Valpantena, lighter and fruiter Classico is generally the aromatic, elegant version, and the Est area richer and higher alcohol level.
The 2019 refurbishment of Amarone Aberdeen must be the “Est”; richer and higher alcohol seems quite fitting. It houses marble, dark walnut, satin brass and is vibrant with the sounds of a busy cocktail bar – shakers, corks popping and glasses clinking – customers feel as if they have stepped into a Milanese restaurant.
Located on Union Street, the restaurant is across from the Music Hall making them the perfect place to start an evening out in Aberdeen. Amarone also has restaurants in Edinburgh (It’s Classico), and Glasgow.
To find out more, visit: https://www.amaronerestaurant.co.uk/