Hot Italian becomes Sacramento’s first LEED-certified restaurant


Hot Italian pizza restaurant in Sacramento, California has become the first LEED-Silver Certified restaurant in Sacramento and the third in California, thanks to its green décor.


Hot Italian eatery and retail space is honoured with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)- Silver certification, after two years of its opening. The building that houses the eatery features eco-friendly tables, tile and display cases, and a compost bin, which constitute many other green elements. The wood beams used in the building are also from sustainable sources and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Coffee can lights are hung over bar stools that are made from recycled bicycle wheels. The restaurant serves locally grown vegetables top-off pizzas served on recycled paper pizza peelers.

The bathrooms are fitted with low-flow sinks, hand dryers and waterless urinals and all the kitchen appliances are energy-efficient. One notable aspect of the restaurant is a sensor that controls the heating and cooling based on the number of people in the room.

Hot Italian building also features stunning digital designs that create a cool ambience. The restaurant area’s countertops and doors in the retail section feature creative use of ABET LAMINATI’s digitally printed laminates. The space’s overall theme is fixed as ‘Italian’. The design team led by California-based graphic design firm Creative Eye Design utilised digital imaging to capture the true spirit of Italy.

It took approximately four weeks to manufacture the digital laminate sheets. The images were digitally printed onto decorative paper and incorporated into the high pressure laminate manufacturing process in the standard manner. ABET’s white and black laminates were fabricated using standard woodworking tools.

The restaurant was opened in 2009 by co-owners, Andrea Lepor and Fabrizio Cercatore, following a floor-to-ceiling eco-friendly remodelling project.





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