Who says old-style pizzerias can’t have contemporary visual flair? Not Sergio Mannino Studio, which set out to add a slice of pizzazz to a traditional New York City pizzeria situated on a prime stretch of Greenwich Village’s Bleecker Street. Susanna presents a clean-lined, sleek version of the no-frills pizza joint with out forsaking requisite materials, like wood, ceramic and exposed brick.
Starting with the lighting—Sergio Mannino Studio has wisely traded in harsh flourescent lighting for diffused pendant lights indoors, and candlelight for the adjoining outdoor garden—and custom constructed, plain wood tables paired with glossy white chairs, Susanna’s ambiance is clean-lined and refreshingly pleasing without overreaching.
The open kitchen remains a central feature, but a easy wooden counter and pared-down white stools produce an inviting spot for chomping on a slice or two. The major facing walls of the long, narrow space—one, exposed brick, painted white and decorated with website-specific art the other comprised of red-and-white tiles, echoing conventional checkerboard tablecloths—are particularly imaginative touches.