Rockwell Group has completed its design for Carlotto, the second New York restaurant from Canada-based Toptable Group. Located next door to sister eatery Oceans, the new Italian concept pays homage to the matriarch of the owner’s family and their enduring roots.
“Rockwell Group was inspired by classic Italian dining experiences and the existing space, which feels like a found Roman osteria with a contemporary twist,” says Rockwell Group partner Shawn Sullivan. “We wanted guests to feel like they discovered a hidden Italian restaurant.”
Guests arrive at Carlotto through an arched storefront framed by wire-brushed white oak that contrasts dark, poured concrete lining the floors inside.
An open kitchen serves as the key focal point of the 70-seat dining room where guests sit below a barrel-vaulted ceiling ensconced by blackened metal screens. Angled brick walls and original terracotta columns remain exposed to imbue the interior with a “found” quality as well. “It’s the ultimate neighborhood spot, where people can discover fantastic food in a comfortable and warm, yet still creative and unexpected environment,” Sullivan adds. “The restaurant really serves as an extension of the intimacy and warmth of the surrounding area.”
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