Liòn: fine bistro balancing contemporary and rétro
Located on Largo della Sapienza – at the very heart of Rome, between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona – Liòn is a contemporary bistro where glam interiors provide the ideal frame for chef Luca Ludovici’s creations and the barmen’s mix of timeless classics and new blends.
Conceived by Roman entrepreneurs Fabrizio and Emidio Pacini with Andrea Girolami, the venue was designed by the COLLIDANIELARCHITETTO firm. Inside a building that is rigorous and streamlined, Liòn celebrates maximalism: red and teal provide a rich background to the vintage echoes of furniture pieces, paired with opulent materials such as velvet. Metallic circles recur above the tables and counter, while lacquered wood paneling adds even more personality to the space.
Liòn is divided between the ground floor, which looks out to the outdoor sitting area on Largo della Sapienza through Art Deco windows, and the kitchen and cellar underground. The two floors are connected by a marble staircase with brass details – which tie together the whole space.
Here, pop aesthetic mingles with impressive iconographic references, from the stained glass windows of the early 1900s to Frank Lloyd Wright’s inclination for fluidity between interior and outer spaces – as a prolific designer of splendid abstract stained glass windows himself, throughout his career.
One of the focal points in the bistro is the wonderful counter, covered in turquoise multifaceted glass and featuring massive mosaic columns. Brass geometrical diamonds accent the furniture while adding functionality as glass, bottle, flatware and menu holders.
Thus Liòn welcomes a cosmopolitan clientele in a truly special environment, where form, function and aesthetic vanity melt together into an experience that is meant to thrill the senses – from sight, of course, to taste.
by Barbara Palladino
Photos: © Matteo Piazza