Lisbon’s Leonetta flies the flag for Robert Venturi’s ‘less is a bore’ philosophy

Studio Pim embraces anti-minimalism in its vintage interiors

Busy walls and booths welcome guests into Lisbon’s Leonetta, which embraces a more is more approach that’s reminiscent of traditional Italian trattorias.

Studio Pim designed the space with the architect’s anti-minimalist edict in mind, bringing in a rich palette of materials that includes wood, marble, leather and brass – all of which creates a warm, and welcoming atmosphere inside the Lisbon restaurant.

There’s barely a space left on Leonetta’s walls, which the Lisbon and London-based practice has studded with framed pictures taken from the restaurant owner’s personal family archives. These, together with shelves of glass bottles, jugs of dried flowers and jars of preserves, all watch over diners as they sink into one of Leonetta’s maroon booths, or powder-blue dining chairs.

Photography: Agata Grzaba

Huge mirrors help make Leonetta’s narrow footprint feel more expansive, while wood-panelled stairs lead up to a mezzanine dining area. Guests can order their aperitif from the marble-topped bar that’s tucked into one end of the restaurant, and settle down for a plate of linguine alle vongole or marinated baby artichokes.

R. da Rosa 321, 1200-386 Lisboa, Portugal

Photography: Agata Grzaba
Photography: Agata Grzaba

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