Trattoria Martinelli, Vienna
A high-end restaurant in Vienna’s city centre increases its exclusivity and thrives in adversity with three SOLARDOME® PODs.
Trattoria Martinelli, a restaurant based in the heart of Vienna, Austria, is known for its modern yet luxurious menu and restaurant facilities. It is one of the gastronomic classics of the city and only a few steps away from some of the greatest monuments in Viennese History.
During the pandemic, the family-run business, by the well-known Viennese Barbaro Family, wanted to enhance its luxury dining solution in time for Christmas 2020.
Vision becomes reality
The restaurant’s co-owner, Luigi Barbaro Jr, began to research different options for safe and luxurious outdoor dining experiences when he came across Jimmy’s Lodge, London. He was impressed by the design and quality of the SOLARDOME® PODs, which perfectly complimented an existing Moët & Chandon champagne bar inside the inner courtyard of the Palais Esterhazy in Vienna.
Having discussed options with his team, it was agreed that three SOLARDOME® PODs were the perfect choice to enhance their luxury dining solution.
He said, ‘‘It was by far the best quality that I saw during my research, there were no other close comparisons. The glass gave a much higher quality finish than plastic alternatives on the market, plus it had the benefit of a locking door.”
An unexpected turn of events
Unfortunately, soon after installing the PODs, local Government COVID-19 restrictions were put in place meaning the restaurant had to temporarily close its doors. Luigi Barbaro Jr. and his team quickly decided to set up a pop-up street market and used the PODs as dome-shaped market stalls instead of a dining experience.
The PODs were made available for rent, with a wide variety of items on offer, from Amalfi lemons to Dutch tulips. They also partnered with Moët & Chandon, giving visitors the chance to shop with a glass of champagne in hand.
‘‘We got to use the domes in different ways, as a market experience with local suppliers in each. It was amazing for us and gave us a much higher revenue than we expected, in times of crisis the most important thing is to stay flexible and innovative” Luigi Barbaro Jr. explained.
A professional service, from start to finish
After selecting Solardome’s supply only service, the three PODs made the 1000-mile journey from the factory in Southampton to the restaurant in Vienna. Although Luigi Barbaro Jr. had some concerns about ordering from the UK, especially when he had a strict Christmas deadline to meet, his concerns soon vanished after speaking with the Solardome team.
‘‘Solardome were awesome and always replied very quickly. They even managed to deliver the domes a few weeks early,’’ Luigi Barbaro Jr. describes.
Luxury dining under the stars
From 2021 onwards once the government restriction ended in Austria, the Trattoria Martinelli Restaurant became the first restaurant in Austria to provide a high-end dining experience within a geodesic dome. Working alongside Moët & Chandon, they provided a six-course meal with a champagne accompaniment, call button waiter service and dinner shows directly inside the Igloos. MOËT & CHANDON and the BARBARO gastronomy family presented a brand new and exclusive dinner location for the customers directly in the heart of Vienna, which has given them a huge media presence to this day. Furthermore, the two companies teamed up with the biggest charity in Austria “Licht ins Dunkel” using profits from the dining experience to support the charity.
Luigi said ‘‘With the domes, the nice thing is everything is open, and when you look up you can see the stars. Passing people always stop and take photos and the customers love it!’’
Despite government restrictions in November 2021, and the restaurant closing its doors during Christmas they still aimed to donate at least 15.000€ to the charity through the project named “MOËT & CHANDON IMPÉRIAL IGLOOS BY BARBARO”. You can find more information directly on the company’s website.
Information regarding the Barbaro Gastronomy Group
The BARBARO GASTRONOMY GROUP was founded by Luigi Barbaro Sen. and his wife Evelyn Barbaro in 1981. The company currently consists of two restaurants “Trattoria Martinelli” & “Regina Margherita”, a Catering Service “Barbaro Catering & Events”, as well as a bar named “Piazza Martini By Barbaro and retail products “All Natural – By Barbaro”.
Their wish is to share the authenticity and warmth of traditional Italian recipes from their Grandmothers in Naples, all over Austria. All produce is directly sourced from small Italian or Austrian producers, dishes are 100% homemade, served at affordable prices, in beautifully designed spaces, and with a big smile from a Barbaro family member and their team. They are known for combining traditional, fresh produce with new, creative culinary ideas and serving them in an elegant, yet authentically regional setting. Their establishments are the right place for gourmets who appreciate attentive service and meals prepared to the highest standards the classical Italian cuisines have to offer.
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At a glance
|Location||Trattoria Martinelli, Vienna, Austria
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|The challenge||To enhance a luxury dining experience in the heart of the city.|
|The solution||Three Solardome® PODs|
|Specification (per dome)||Diameter – 3.6m / 11’10”
Height – 2.2m / 7’04”
Area – 8.8m²
Capacity – 10 people