Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
Robert Umenhofer Photography
We have always been fans of Michael Schlow’s culinary vision so the opportunity to be part of the design team for his new Greek restaurant was, dare we say, delicious. The transformation from Via Matta to Doretta had to be nothing short of dramatic to ensure that guests felt transported to a new space and experience. Michael wanted open spaces, a central bar, tactile finishes, and an inside-outside feel with operable walls to the patio. We worked with Party by Design to introduce materials that invite you to settle in, get comfortable, and have a really great meal with family and friends old and new.
A seat at the bar puts you in the center of the action. For a little privacy tuck into the u-shaped booth in the former wine room. Claim the half-circle banquette in the corner and survey the room. The lounge has soft seating which spills out onto the patio in clement weather. Straight banquettes line the back wall under a stunning mural by Adrienne adorned with shiny red wall sconces.
Formality is replaced with pops of color, verdant greenery, and plenty of space for art by Adrienne Schlow, the other artist in the family working with paint and canvas and light. The existing wood floor told a story of restaurants and table arrangements and red wine spills that came before and we decided to play off that patina and sense of history. The raw bar is clad in a weathered wood evocative of the beach. The banquettes are covered in leather which is just distressed enough to be comfy. New walnut table tops provide a richly hued backdrop to your meal of fresh seafood, vegetables, lamb, bright sauces, smoky yogurt, and fragrant herbs.