L'Antica, a new Italian bar, pizzeria and enoteca in the heart of South Fremantle, has a vibe and community feel synonymous with Perth’s hipster coffee hangouts. Close to the main local beach and harbour, the interiors reflect L'Antica’s approach to historically significant Italian cuisine which serves Focaccia Genovese in the day and Pizza from Naples in the evenings.
“L’Antica” when directly translated means antique, which emphasizes the feel of something that recalls a quality and atmosphere of the past, an ancient way of doing things with a sense of local history attached to the area it is in.
Reflecting this, WEIJENBERG worked with the client to bring this fabled past from Italy into present day South Fremantle in a style that is accessible and stimulating whilst achieving an overall relaxed air for the customer to sit back, enjoy their time and watch the world go by.
All produce in L’Antica has a cultural significance or history attached and so the premium quality of design by WEIJENBERG was integrated to highlight and showcase these simple yet culturally significant products. The home made artisanal goods cured in the specially built glass fronted cantina are set into the 110 year old local clay brick walls. Accompanying dishes to the mains come from the heart of the space - the woodfired oven.
The space L’Antica inhabits was an existing property acquired by the client featuring a wide window shop. WEIJENBERG’s approach was to convert and enhance its existing features by making the most out of the long façade, creating an ambience which interweaves the social fabric of Perth into the industrial like interiors.
Against the norm of typical restaurants, two long tables form the centre piece of the restaurant which are angled towards the main bar and run parallel to the street. Warm materials such as reclaimed jetty wood and brass are used as well as large copper lights and a shiny wood fired pizza oven have been fitted for a homely feel.
The long tables feature sections made out of different materials varying from jetty wood to local stones and brass creating a subtle, intimate differentiation within the space ranging from two to eight seat divisions. The custom made facade can be fully opened to take in the comfortable climate, extending seating onto the outside deck and embracing Fremantle and all its social draws.