Named for its original watercolors, Acquerello envelops guests in a warm and gracious atmosphere the moment they arrive. A recent renovation of the 22-year old restaurant, led by designer John Wheatman, highlights the former chapel, graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ceiling, with warm Mediterranean colors of gold and terracotta.
Co-owners Giancarlo Paterlini and Suzette Gresham-Tognetti work together to provide an unparalleled Italian dining experience. Acquerello has received countless awards, including a Michelin star in the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide, as well as 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The 45 seat dining room is softly illuminated with light from polished brass lamps which dances off an extensive collection of crystal decanters and a large floral bouquet greeting guests as they enter.
Ms. Gresham's talent lies in creatively reinventing traditional dishes from all regions of Italy in a lighter, more contemporary style. Mr. Paterlini, a native of Bologna, is acclaimed and consulted as one of America's leading Italian wine experts. His particular strengths lie in his talent for pairing food with the ideal wines and in the impeccable European standard he brings to the seamless and elegant dining room service.