LA BANCA, New Restaurant Opens at Rocco Forte's Hotel de Rome, Berlin

LA BANCA, New Restaurant Opens at Rocco Forte's Hotel de Rome, Berlin
The new restaurant has been renamed LA BANCA, an allusion to the historic location of the current hotel on Bebelplatz, where the Dresdner Bank once had its headquarters from 1889 to 1945. The restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine paired with cosmopolitan design including a revolving modern art exhibition reflecting the zeitgeist of Berlin.

LA BANCA’s new Italian cuisine is just as sophisticated and has been expertly developed in cooperation with Fulvio Pierangelini, Creative Director of Food at Rocco Forte Hotels. The star chef is renowned for his twice Michelin star restaurant “Il Gambero Rosso” in Tuscany. Together with Jörg Behrend, head chef at Hotel de Rome, he has helped create a brand new menu: whether it’s a new interpretation of spaghetti al pomodoro, “linguine con astice with lobster and tomato and basil bisque” or a “saddle of lamb grilled on a hot Himalayan salt stone”, the sophisticated dishes impress with their simplicity and natural, local ingredients.

In order to continue inspiring its art-loving guests, the five-star superior hotel used the renovation of the restaurant as an opportunity to place an even greater emphasis on art. The American artist Olivia Steel, who is represented by the Circle Culture Gallery, launches the new concept with her distinctive neon light works which can be seen in both the restaurant and the bar. Modern art is key to the new design concept and there are already plans to hold various temporary exhibitions from galleries in Berlin at the newly renovated LA BANCA. Works from national and international contemporary artists will be presented here in a perfect setting, thereby underlining the capital’s importance as a metropolis of the fine arts.

Olga Polizzi, Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels and sister of Sir Rocco Forte, has created a new, exclusive and contemporary interior for LA BANCA. The new restaurant and bar concept is full of exciting and creative contrasts, and as such pays homage to the special charm of the capital city. “Berlin is my favorite city, and, just like the city itself, Hotel de Rome continues to develop,” said Olga Polizzi as she explained her design concept.

LA BANCA, the new restaurant and bar concept at Hotel de Rome, was completely transformed in just three months with an investment of 500,000 euros.

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