A stunning restaurant in Alabama’s capital got big attention in this year’s American Institute of Architects Alabama Design Awards. Here’s what you need to know about Pfeffer Torode Architecture and Ravello Ristorante.
Ravello Ristorante in Montgomery. (Ravello Ristorante / Facebook)
The American Institute of Architects Alabama Design Awards Merit Award
The historic City Federal Building in Montgomery, Alabama underwent a huge transformation before welcoming Ravello Ristorante in 2022. The architectural genius behind it? Pfeffer Torode Architecture.
This renowned team of architects and designers is based in Nashville, but they have studios in Birmingham and Montgomery.
When they took on the City Federal project, they applied the thoughtful, experimental design that they’re known for—and the esults are phenomenal. Here’s what they had to say about the project in a recent Instagram post:
“The original bank, built in 1926 in the classical Beaux Arts style, consisted of a center bay flanked by two smaller wings. After years of neglect, only the north wing remained. The development team acquired this building, along with its two nondescript neighbors, and transformed the three into one of the city’s finest culinary experiences—Ravello Ristorante—along with an additional event space and offices. With hopes that Ravello can serve as inspiration for future rejuvenation projects in the Capitol of Dreams, the restoration of this trio of urban buildings successfully blends history and art with modern amenities and showcases a commitment to preserving our city’s heritage.”Pfeffer Torode Architecture
It’s a success indeed. The project just won them the American Institute of Architects Alabama Merit Award, a distinction that’s well-deserved.
Ravello Ristorante is a Montgomery gem
The revitalized City Federal Building is home to Ravello Ristorante, a one-of-a-kind Italian restaurant owned by Jud Blount and Executive Chef Eric Rivera. Rivera has won many accolades throughout his career and has a big reputation in Alabama, playing big roles in both the Birmingham and Montgomery culinary scenes.
Rivera is now Executive Chef at Ravello Ristorante, where he creates upscale Italian dishes that go perfectly with the elegant atmosphere of the restaurant’s opulent indoor space and outdoor courtyard. Chef Rivera was also recently named “The Face of Hospitality” by Faces of Montgomery.
On the menu at Ravello, you’ll find authentic Italian dishes plated to perfection, as well as an extensive wine selection. Here’s where you can find it:
- Location: 36 Commerce St, Montgomery, AL 36104
- Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 4:30-10PM
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