Keeping Cool at Hot Italian


The next time you’re at Hot Italian, look skyward and check out the restaurant’s ceiling fan. If your first reaction is “Man, that’s a big ass fan,” you’re right. It’s made by a company called—wait for it—Big Ass Fans.

The sleek, modern-looking contraption spans 12 feet from blade tip to blade tip and looks a bit like an airplane propeller. Andrea Lepore, Hot Italian’s creative director and development director, found the distinctive-looking $7,200 fan online.

“I was looking for something to create movement and airflow,” she says. “I didn’t want the AC on full blast all the time.”