The Times photos by Steven FurlowLocated at the corner of Ninth and Conner streets in downtown Noblesville, the DiRosa Building – owned by Matteo and Emily DiRosa – won the Sreetscape Award.
The Times photos by Steven Furlow
Located at the corner of Ninth and Conner streets in downtown Noblesville, the DiRosa Building – owned by Matteo and Emily DiRosa – won the Sreetscape Award.
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Whether speaking Italian or English, Matteo and Emily DiRosa were named the winner of the 7th Annual Enterprise Award for Streetscape Wednesday afternoon during the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Purgatory Golf Club.

The DiRosa Building was purchased by the DiRosas in late 2007. In 2007, the DiRosas purchased a neighboring building for $560,000. Located on the southeast corner of Ninth and Conner streets, the DiRosas have converted the quaint, outdoorsy feel of the former Lake and Lodge Outfitters building to a more contemporary feel while maintaining the historical feel.

"They have done a complete renovation, with the intention of either leasing the ground floor space to another restaurant or keeping it as an alternative location. The changes to the building were accomplished using the city's façade grant program," said Pat Berghoff, co-chairman of the chamber economic development committee. "I am sure if you have an interest, Emily and Matteo would be happy to show you their new building."

The DiRosas were enjoying a family trip to Disney World in Florida and could not attend the Enterprise Awards. Accepting the award on their behalf was Matteo's brother, Mario DiRosa, and Emily's sister, Molly Herner.

"I know they'll be very appreciative of this award," said Herner. "They really enjoy being in Noblesville and being a part of the community.

"They're proud of the (DiRosa) building. Its hard work to build a restaurant from the ground up," continued Herner, adding the new building has additional walls, new restrooms and a kitchen area. "They're people who know the restaurant business inside and out."

Matteo's Ristorante Italiano is currently located at 40 Ninth St. Herner, who works at the downtown Noblesville restaurant, said they have a lease on the building and plans for the DiRosa Building are "up in the air."

Recent Streetscape winners included On-Ramp Indiana in 2010 and the Hamilton Town Center in 2009.