Project

Tortello

Client

Monni Foods

Architect

SPACE

Date of Completion

2019

Helios teamed up with Tortello to bring their fresh handmade pasta restaurant to Wicker Park. The building, originally utilized as office space, was transformed into a restaurant with full chef’s kitchen. The project consisted of complete interior demolition, new MEP systems to accommodate the new kitchen, two new restrooms, custom banquette seating, a working surface for pasta making that serves as a window display, and a custom tilting mirror to provide views of the pasta making process. Modifications to the existing structure were required to support the new kitchen hood, custom hanging pasta display mirror, and added rooftop equipment. The existing slab on grade required extensive floor prep for the large format checkered floor tile selected. A hanging Vespa bike was incorporated into the design as a nod to authentic Italian culture.