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Scampi Eatery’s Cuisine and Design Bring the Mediterranean to Manhattan

03.09.2018
In Scampi’s main dining room, masonry walls with a rougher texture inspired by rustic Italian architecture are paired with a cream and blue color palette reminiscent of deep ocean color gradients.
By Jenna Lippin

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A new Italian eatery in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, Scampi takes a revitalized approach to Coastal Italian style cooking. With the interior designed by New York City’s Parts and Labor Design, the 3,000-square-foot restaurant combines soft, hand-applied plaster detailing, textured pale woods, and Mediterranean-inspired imperfections with clean and geometric architectural details gleaning influence from post-modern Italian design. 

A Tale of Two Spaces

The main areas of Scampi are divided into two distinct spaces, the bar and the dining room, naturally separated by the building’s architecture. Upon entry, guests are drawn to the dramatic bar area under a 13-foot ceiling. Designed as a feature wall in and of itself, the bar is lined with graceful wood arches, custom-turned brass mirrors, and an open bottle display all set against the multi-leveled ceiling that creates unique, asymmetrical, and artistic composition. Custom pendants drop from the high ceiling following the contour of the bar and then cascade to become light fixtures atop.

Just beyond the bar is the main dining room where the design intent was to maintain both a visual and social connection to the bar area. Here, lower ceilings provide a more intimate setting. Masonry walls with a rougher texture inspired by rustic Italian architecture are paired with a cream and blue color palette reminiscent of deep ocean color gradients. Subtle peach tones provide the common thread while adding a traditional warmth to the space. The layering of materials and textures give Scampi an eye-catching yet subtle variation throughout.

Custom Design for Private Events

A custom solid wood door separates the main dining area from the private dining room and fully opens to allow the space to act as “spillover” dining when not in use for private events. The detailing throughout the separate dining room maintains a strong connection to the bar and main dining area but has moments to set it apart from the restaurant as a whole: fluting details within the plaster, striking tile compositions, and a decorative lighting installation within a secluded dining nook.

Ultimately, the design is clean and cohesive throughout while successfully unifying the different experiences set in the space.