The research phase

Functional sites vs. charismatic sites

Websites can be divided into two macro categories: useful ones and charismatic ones. Obviously, each layout follows logics dictated by both functionality and empathic power at the same time, but not always in equal measure. Functional sites subordinate every aesthetic choice to a principle of efficiency and rationalism, in order to pursue a very specific marketing strategy. Those that focus on character instead aim to excite: by exuding style they try to generate empathy in the user.

Strategic aesthetics

However, it is wrong to say that there is no strategy behind these sites with a strong aesthetic appeal. The strategy manifests itself precisely in the construction of an exaggerated charm. On the other hand, a restaurant or cocktail bar is chosen mainly for its attitude. These were the conditions for giving substance to the online presence of Castelli in Aria, Max and Denj Cecchin’s renowned venue in Castelfranco Veneto.

The construction of identity

Disinhibitory overwhelm

Notorious Agency has worked in continuity with the Brand Identity work created in past years, here is the case history. Excite your taste buds is the motto suitable for such an overwhelming personality, which has the ambition of making customers abandon themselves to the pleasures of good food and good drinking.

A lexicon between the posh and the breathtaking

Restaurant – Bar – Events: this could have been the navigation menu. But Castelli in Aria is a place with a unique, eclectic personality: every detail of the site had to be posh and carefully researched, without ever falling into banality. SaziEbbriEuforici. Trés bien.


Gifs have enormous empathic power: they immediately give shape to emotions and elicit a reaction.
Obtaining a result with a post-internet flavor, we introduced gifs with references to vintage cinema into the layout, which portray high-ranking, sensual and engaging characters. A smile is guaranteed.

User Interface


Brutalism is a graphic style that enjoys questioning, without too many compromises, standard shapes, dimensions and alignments, which now smack of respectability. It is a mode of expression that aims to undermine what we are used to expecting, proposing a new intriguing aesthetic. And all this could only be in line with the philosophy of Castelli in Aria.

User Experience

An essential architecture

Each page responds promptly to every single pre-established objective:
  • Home → Exposure of attitude
  • Sazi → Explanation of the restaurant offer
  • Ebbri → Exhibition of refined cocktails
  • Euforici → Diffusion of events
  • Contacts and Reservations → Management of reservations

Sazi: it’s time to intrigue

Those who dine at Castelli do not go to find certainties, but for the adrenaline of the unexpected.
The first menu is therefore that of dishes that are no longer made, but which express the idea of ​​the restaurant’s cuisine, which is eternally changing. By scrolling the page, users are guided to discover the dishes that the current menu offers.

Ebbri: the drama of choice

The boldly playful vocation also reverberates in the UX, i.e. in the user experience. In “Ebbri” the cocktails – which are offered at random – are presented in association with an emotional state. The page is interactive and is designed to entertain the user.

Euforici: as if it were a playlist

Euforici is the page dedicated to the promotion of events organized by Castelli in Aria. The inspiration for the creation of the layout was that of the music player interface.

Customer wishes

The objectives were very clear: to describe the world of Castelli in Aria on the web in an exhaustive way, intriguing users with the bar-restaurant’s offer. In particular, it was necessary:

  • Enhance the identity image of the venue
  • Enhance the identity image of the venue
  • Show off his sophisticated cocktails
  • Disseminate the club’s events more widely
  • Manage table reservations online

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Vicolo Sant’Antonio, 10
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Castelfranco (TV), Italy
Vicolo Sant’Antonio, 10
+39 0423 492526