Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Lincoln Road’s Italian Gem
Since KNR Restaurant Group opened Quattro Gastronomia Italiana in summer 2006, the romantic 170-seat indoor/outdoor eatery has become a Miami Beach staple for visitors and locals alike. Transporting the decadent flavors of Northern Italy to South Beach’s bustling Lincoln Road by way of Alessandria born and raised identical twin chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro, the celeb frequented hotspot combines authentic cuisine, beautiful wines and enchanting décor, to create an Italian trattoria that feels plucked from the streets of Alba.
The talented twin chefs work on their menus together, and bring to the table extensive expertise in the creation of perfect pastas and other regional dishes and a light touch that is ideal for the magic city’s warm weather and people. Natives of Alessandria in the Piemonte region – known for its fine cheeses such as Robiola, Caprini and Tumin, porcini and exotic white truffle mushrooms, hearty local game dishes, and revered Asti and Barolo wines – the chefs look to the culinary traditions of their homeland for inspiration.
The Piemonte influence is evident in dishes such as the Fonduta Tartufata con Crostini – a rich and comforting fontina cheese fondue with poached egg, shaved truffles and perfectly toasted Biova croutons – a selection from the special white truffle menu offered mid-October through December, when truffles are in season. Dishes on their regular menu that pay homage to home includePreparazione Casalinga Dei Ravioli Di Casa Savoia Tartufati – fontina ravioli drizzled with white truffle oil; or the Agnolotti Piemontesi Allo Stufato – braised beef ravioli with Piedmontese sauce.
As passionate as they are for the food of their home, the Carros are able to span several regional styles of Italian cuisine. Quattro’s sophisticated but earthy menu begins with over ten different types of antipasti ($13-$19) such as Parmigiana di Melanzane in Forma,baked organic eggplant layered with tomato sauce, melted mozzarella and basil; Vitello Tonnato Con Capperi – thinly sliced vealtopped with a creamy Favignana tuna sauce and capers; Polipo Del Mediterraneo su Tortino di Patate Prezzemolate, Mediterranean octopus with lemon dressing, served over potato and parsley salad; and of course Selezione Di Affettati Regionali Tipici Italiani E Sottaceti, a house selection of cured meats and Formaggi Italiani Con Le Nostre Mostarde, imported Italian cheeses with sweet and spicy jams. Insalate ($9-$14) include a delicious Insalata Di Rape Rosse, Mousse Di Carpa E Frisee – roasted baby beets with goat cheese mousse, frisée and red wine beet vinaigrette; and Insalata Di Lenticchie Cetrioli or lentil salad with tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette.
Primi Piatti ($18-$24), pastas made in-house daily in an imported La Monferrina™ machine rarely used in the United States, are a must-try with stellar selections including Chicche Tre Colori Con Salsa Di Burrata Pugliese – tri-color gnocchi with creamy burrata cheese sauce; Rigatoni Alla Boscaiola – rigatoni with Parma ham, porcini mushrooms in tomato sauce with touch of cream; Ravioli Di mozzarella Di Bufala Con Pomodoro Fresco, Basilico E Pinoli – Buffalo mozzarella ravioli with fresh tomato, basil and pine nuts; andTagliolini Alla Puttanesca – tagliolini with tomato sauce, capers, anchovies, garlic, black olives and chili flakes. Imported Mediterranean seafood is the centerpiece of secondi ($25-$42) plates such as Branzino Intero In Crosta Di Sale Marino –Mediterranean sea bass, baked in salt crust, with sautéed vegetables; and the Orata Al Cartoccio – Mediterranean sea bream filet, cooked in parchment paper with white wine, taggiasche olives and capers. Meat selections include Ossobuco Di Vitello In Gremolata Con Risotto Alla Milanese – braised veal ossobuco gremolata with saffron risotto; Saltimbocca Di Vitello Alla Romana Con Pisellini Novelli – seared veal scaloppini, topped with prosciutto and sage with green peas; and Battuta di Manzo alla Piastra con Rucola e Pomodorini – pounded beef top round, lightly seasoned with garlic and chili flakes, with arugula and tomatoes, sautéed baby spinach with pine nuts.
Ending on a truly sweet note, desserts ($10), prepared by award-winning pastry chef Antonio Bachour, shine. Selections includeBomboloni Della Casa – made-to-order Italian doughnuts filled with vanilla custard, Nutella and apricot jelly; Panna Cotta Al Torrone E Gelato Al Pistacchio – Italian nougat panna cotta, pistachio gelato and honey syrup; Pan Di Mele Con Zeppole – warm apple brioche, gingerbread zeppole and caramel gelato; Monte Bianco Tradizionale – chestnut puree, whipped cream and meringue and Crema Di Zucca Con Frutta D’autunno – creamy pumpkin custard, dried fruit marmellata and mascarpone crema.
Quattro’s handcrafted cocktails ($13) impeccably meld classic Italian drinks with subtle Miami flare. Alchemy Lychee Martini, a delicious mix of ginger Alchemy Vodka, lychee juice and a dash of Chambord; Quattrino with Aperol, Chardonnay Mila, Campari and fresh Florida grapefruit juice; and the Raspberry Chili Martini with vodka, fresh raspberry puree, apple juice and a dash of Gomme. They also feature classic Italian Prosecco cocktails ($14) such as a Sbagliato with Campari, sweet vermouth and Prosecco. An award-winning all-Italian wine list is hand-selected by partner Nicola Schon, who is also owner/vintner of Colle Manora vineyard in the countryside of the Monferrato. The wine list features the region’s most famous wines – the rich and complex Barolo, the dramatic Barbaresco, the rustic Barbera, and the dry, fruity Dolcetto – each of which pair perfectly with Quattro’s gutsy, flavorful dishes.
New York-based Studio A Design created Quattro’s dining room to feel like a sleek, contemporary power-dining spot, with a cool, comfortable charm. Seating 85, the room is outfitted in warm tawny browns and deep pine greens that are offset by striking custom Murano glass chandeliers suspended from antique mirrored coffers. Old World meets New World with imported Italian materials, such as the oversized banquettes covered in luxurious cognac-colored Italian leather with double-stitch detailing, and beautifully weathered original terrazzo floors. The focal part of the room is a stunning Calacatta marble bar with a brick-shaped mirrored back drop flanked by floor-to-ceiling wine towers that showcase their award-winning collection. A chrome library ladder slides freely between the towers. The al fresco dining area, also seating 85, offers the perfect spot along Lincoln Road to enjoy a leisurely, delicious meal and people watch amidst the beautiful South Florida weather.
Quattro, located on 1014 Lincoln Road, is open for lunch and dinner daily. For reservations, please call 305-531-4833, or visit www.quattromiami.com.
About KNR RESTAURANT GROUP
Innovators in the hospitality industry, KNR Restaurant Group partners Karim Masri, Nicola Siervo, Nicola Schon and Rony Seikalydevelop and operate hospitality concepts that transform restaurant, nightlife and hotel food and beverage facilities into thriving, high profile destinations. The company has created and been the driving force behind a group of highly successful restaurants including Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, open 2006, and Sosta Pizzeria, open 2009, on Miami’s chic Lincoln Road. Twin chefs Nicola Carro and Fabrizio Carro are at the helm of Quattro and Sosta restaurants, creating simple, authentic Northern Italian cuisine, with the finest high quality ingredients available. They’ve been featured in The New York Times, on the Today Show, Bravo and Martha Stewart, among others. Quattro recently received the prestigious American Academy of Hospitality Sciences prestigious 5 Star Diamond Award. In the mix for 2011/2012, KNR has some exciting international locations in-the-works for Quattro Gastronomia and plans to expand their restaurant empire in Miami.
Lauren Busch Singer
Brustman Carrino Public Relations