Hi Frank, Nick and Gian! I’ve added a white version at the top.
A word about the pizza applique: After working on all these versions of the slice, the bottom line for me on the pizza is that none of the more abstract versions make me hungry. The initial realistic version is instantly recognizable and stimulates your appetite. When people turn into the driveway off of Louisiana, I want them to see the restaurant and the giant slice, get hungry and come into Saggio’s. I don’t feel the abstract ones do this. I am happy to keep working on other versions that may hit the mark...the one at the bottom isn't half bad but still doesn’t make me hungry the way the initial one does. What are your thoughts?
(We can use all these other versions of pizza slices as visuals for the social media broadcasts.)
If you like the idea of the quote above the window, I found a great poem that would be excellent for the north-facing wall to the left of the revolving door. So you would see it when you are standing under the overhang ready to go through the revolving door. I could do a fun treatment of it to hang there. Here is the poem:
Oh how I love Italian food.
I eat it all the time,
Not just’ cause how good it tastes,
But ‘cause how good it rhymes.
Insalata, cremolata, manicotti,
Shrimp francese, Bolognese,
Fried zucchini, rollatini,
Fettuccine, green linguine,
Oops — I think I split my jeani.
Okay, on to the visuals below...
WHITE COLOR SCHEME WITH REALISTIC PIZZA ILLUSTRATION
(I could also try a warmer white if you want to see that)
TAUPE COLOR SCHEME WITH REALISTIC PIZZA ILLUSTRATION
The couple are from a vintage photo I found online and did a rough painting from. If you like the general idea, I would love to substitute the faces of real Casale parents/grandparents. I have a color version below. But I also like them in black and white too because it makes them look more vintage. They would be literal cut-outs, painted on wood or some sort of rugged substrate then attached to the building maybe 4" away from the wall, so they cast a shadow but no one could easily steal them. My thinking on the cutouts is that it visually implies “Old World Italian family recipes” and adds more interest to the facade on the lower level of the building.
CREAM COLOR SCHEME WITH REALISTIC PIZZA ILLUSTRATION
CREAM COLOR SCHEME WITH SPATTERED ART PIZZA ILLUSTRATION
Let me know what you think about all of this and what you would like to see from here.