News / SE•STO on Arno - the New Rooftop Bar and Restaurant of The Westin Excelsior, Florence
07 June 2012
Florence, Italy - SE•STO on Arno, the new Rooftop Bar and Restaurant of the Westin Excelsior, almost entirely made of glass, reopens its doors to Florence and its international crowd after twenty years. Its unique location provides the most breathtaking 360 degree view of the whole city over the rooftops, the churches and the belltowers with the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio as background, all embraced by the picturesque hills of Tuscany.
A ‘glass box’ with two large terraces, one dedicated to the restaurant and one to the bar, allow to deep dive into the lively atmosphere of the city and its magical light. The terrace facing the Arno River, the one dedicated to the bar, is covered by a veil of water that immediately recalls the flow of the river Arno beneath.
A glass wine cellar presented like a shining precious jewel, separates the bar and the restaurant area. The bar counter has a curved shape and is made of wood and alabaster, backlit with bronzed steel inserts.
The interior furnishings clearly recall the Sixties but keeping comfort always in mind. The result is a warm and cozy atmosphere with various different seating options, from soft sofas, to bar stools and colourful poufs to the more traditional set-up for lunch and dinner, all enriched by wooden floors and ceilings.
For lunch or dinner the menu conceived by the Executive Lady Chef Entiana Osmenzeza, young and dynamic cook from Albania grown in Italy under the supervision of Gualtiero Marchesi, Alain Ducasse and Fulvio Pierangelini, offers dishes of the Mediterranean gastronomic tradition, made with fresh seasonal products, accompanied by a new wine list with a top selection of grand Italian labels and the finest international ones.
For lunch the new restaurant offers a special formula at 28 Euros with dishes selected form the menu “I REMEMBER”, a small gastronomic notebook of the dishes part of the professional memory of the Chef, flavors from abroad with a Florentine perspective, combined with a wine by the glass and coffee.
For those who love to socialize, a wide range of cocktails expertly mixed by Head Barman Mario D’Onghia, from the more traditional to the most original and creative ones such as the Green tea and honey Mojito, is served on the stupendous terrace overlooking the whole city of Florence.
The music concept highlights the truly exceptional setting and varies from modern lounge to Nu Jazz sound.
SE•STO on Arno, an environment without time, a place truly and wholly surrounded by the beauty of Florence.