When Deli meets Italy


Celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia’s Ital­ian res­tau­rant Diva now boasts of a café too. Lo­cated at GK 2 in Delhi, at Diva, guests can en­joy authen­tic wood fired piz­zas with the finest wines in a ca­sual deli am­bi­ence. Ritu and Asha Sairam from Lo­tus ex­plain what makes the place a sought af­ter one.

The 11 year old res­tau­rant un­der­went a trans­for­ma­tion of in­te­ri­ors to of­fer sep­a­rate sec­tions and menus for a young and vi­brant café at the ground floor and re­tain­ing the fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the first floor. Hav­ing worked with Lo­tus last year for Café Diva at GK1, Ritu be­lieves ‘Lo­tus has an abil­ity to un­der­stand and marry our aes­thetic re­quire­ments keep­ing with the char­ac­ter of Diva as a brand’. Asha ex­plains, ‘Ritu wanted to try out some­thing dif­fer­ent in the two storey res­tau­rant while re­tain­ing the per­son­al­ity of the brand that her guests over the years have come to know and love. We took for­ward the pal­ette and el­e­ments cre­ated for the brand dur­ing the de­sign of Café Diva, GK1 and rein­ter­preted them in the GK2 out­let to cre­ate new and iconic fea­tures unique to this space ; such as the stair­case, the bar dis­play, the live kitchen and the wine cel­lar.’ Al­though Café Diva(GK1) and Diva(GK2) were sis­ter restau­rants un­der the same brand, they had very dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties which shouldn’t

At the first floor the wine cel­lar, sits as a jewel and forms the back­drop to the en­tire res­tau­rant

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