Venice is known for many things: its bridges, lagoons, or bars serving the oh-so-popular cicchetti. The term cicchetti is in fact a collective noun for bite-sized snacks—including fish, or meatballs served on toothpicks and even baguette-based sandwiches. The Italians believe that cicchetti is the glue that holds Venice together, as it is unthinkable not to stop by a snack bar with friends on the way home from work and enjoy some while sharing the day’s events. We can now also experience this concept a little further away from Italy, in the Va Bene Cicchetti bar in Warsaw. Let’s see!
This special bar is located in the Powiśle neighborhood of the Polish capital, and the team of NOKE Architects was responsible for creating the interior. “Venice is easy to imagine based on a single postcard, but to live it is something completely unique. The biggest challenge was to bring this experience to the guests of Va Bene Cicchetti,” the architects highlighted. The result is a place that one would undoubtedly associate with Venice, but which still has a unique character.
When designing the interior, NOKE was inspired by the colors of the Venetian flag, so red walls and gilded tiles provide the backdrop. Capturing the distinctive essence of the city, the design team covered the floor with azure green, which seems to crawl up on the walls and the legs of tables and chairs as well. The bar with a red travertine stone cladding is situated opposite the arched entrance, facing the tiled wall. The interior is completed by tables reminiscent of Venetian columns, artisan glass lamps, and designer furniture. Finally, lending an extra layer of uniqueness to the place is the mosaic covering one of the side walls, created in collaboration with the artist and illustrator Ola Niepsuj.