La Piazza Italian Restaurant at Okada, Manila
Restaurant / Philippines / HBA Manila / Completed in 2018
La Piazza is Okada Manila's signature Italian restaurant. Veering from the stereotypical images of Italy, but aiming to remain faithful to the country's rich culture, exquisite artistry, iconic architecture, and luxurious elegance, the HBA team worked to bring as many of these details together in a space to produce at the very least, a visual experience of Italy.
Grabbing one’s attention upon entry are the high double-vaulted ceilings above the informal dining area or pizzeria. This casual dining space is anchored by an extensive well-appointed beverage and pizza bar on one side, and an entire wall lined with bottles of chilling wine on the other.
In contrast to the pizzeria, the luxurious main fine dining area is formally laid out underneath the magnificently intricate crystal chandelier resembling a delicate rain shower or magical fringes, aligned with and emphasizing the entire ribbed ceiling.
The windows of the main dining area offer one of the hotel’s most ideal views of their famous spectacular lighted dancing fountain shows. The three smaller private rooms next to the main dining area, however, share the best view.
The interior style is generally modern, especially in terms of functionality of space, while incorporating period and Mediterranean elements.