Wining and dining

published in: Restaurants/Bars By Guest, 13 October 2009

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photo © George Fakaros
Image Courtesy of SCALA vinoteca

Guest Contribution by Doya Karolini

Scala Vinoteca is a real metropolitan diamond and the newest entry into mature wining and dining. Yet not in Milan or New York, but in Athens.

When it comes to enjoying a fine plate of octopus carpaccio, tiradito shrimps, or asparagus a la plancha with a fairy flair of Chios mastic, over more than one hundred different wine etiquettes to choose from, then the place to be is definitely Scala Vinoteca. A wine bar that opened about three months ago right in the very fashionable and fabulous heart of Athens, in Kolonaki.

photo © George Fakaros
Image Courtesy of SCALA vinoteca

With a strong resemblance to Spanish vinerias, it was two great architects, Andreas Kurkulas and Maria Kokkinou (well known for their previous work on the Benaki Museum)  that gave the place –miles of miles away from maximalism- its simple character and strong attitude through the use of simple materials such as wood and aluminium.

But unarguably, it is not the Fiberglass Shell chairs by C&R Eames for Modernica that have the leading role here, although they might at first try to steal it!  That belongs alone to the menu itself (very Mediterranean compiled together by Christoforos Peskias and his student, Thodoros Kyprianides) as well as to the rich wine card.

photo © George Fakaros
Image Courtesy of SCALA vinoteca

photo © George Fakaros
Image Courtesy of SCALA vinoteca

photo © Takis Spyropoulos
Image Courtesy of SCALA vinoteca

photo © George Fakaros
Image Courtesy of SCALA vinoteca

photo © Takis Spyropoulos
Image Courtesy of SCALA vinoteca

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photo: George Fakaros , Takis Spyropoulos

Scala Vinoteca // Sina 50 & Anagnostopoulou, Kolonaki // ATHENS.GR // + 30 210 3610041

  • friend
    dusty | 2009-10-13 18:55:41

    The Eames chairs look more like Vitra polyprop version to me, they look too mat to be the unlicenced Fiberglass Modernica version.

  • friend
    Lukas Kalliantasis | 2009-10-14 00:58:06

    Elegant looking restaurant and great photos.Looking forward to visit it very soon

  • friend
    Randy Shelton | 2009-10-14 07:03:37

    Even if they aren't Eames replicas, who cares. The space is gorgeous.

  • friend
    PaCh | 2009-10-15 07:40:14

    Kill your modernism! That Obsession that architects have with last century's furniture is tragi-comin at least! They hear "design" and they think "Barcelona Chair"! Oh ! Please! Great resto! You should cover how it revels its space when sb climbs Anagnostopoulou stairs

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    Kenneth Jaworski | 2009-10-21 14:34:37

    Bit austere. I've seen this vibe before, but overall a well thought-out and purposeful interior. As far as I can see, the Eames are the real deal- Plastic side chair DSW- and I understand the specification. They are modern, stylish and quite comfortable. Perfect for tasting wine I would imagine.

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