WINNER: Casa Tua Cucina, Miami
- Owner/Operator: Casa Tua Management in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue
- Owner Representation/Project Management: Quadra Consulting, Miami
- Architect: HapstakDemetriou+, Washington, D.C.
- Foodservice Consultant: Next Step Design, Annapolis, Md.
This luxury, European-style food hall features a 30-seat bar that offers 48 different wines by the glass and ten individual food stations that serve Italian and Mediterranean fare. Thanks to its jewel-box-style displays and glass walk-in coolers, the design features unusual transparency and openness for a food hall setting. The judges were wowed by a project that “didn’t separate dining from foodservice areas” but managed to have “interesting seating, attention to detail and polished finishes.” Additionally, the judges noted the “tables have nice details, which add warmth to what could be a cold space.” Ultimately, they declared it “refined and elegant.”
Images courtesy of Carlos Domenech