Quattro/Piazza Italia

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There was a Pasta and Risotto festival at Quattro by Piazza Italia, which offered 20 different types of pasta for a fixed dinner price of $15. Wine was $5 per glass, and $8 for a platter of 10 different gelato shots (no actual alcohol included, the gelato is merely presented in shot glasses). This event was barely advertised, no idea why. It’s confusing because this place is supposed to be called “Quattro,” but only “Piazza Italia” can be found on Yelp, and “Quattro” does not appear to have their own website up yet.

Regardless, servers come around to tables with a giant bowl of pasta in their arm. Initially, it seems like they hardly give you anything to sample, but trust me, if you sample EVERY pasta offered, this is plenty enough! It’s an all you can eat pasta event, and you are more than welcome to request more of a certain pasta, if you have the stomach for it. While waiting for the pasta to be prepared, we were given a plate of focaccia with tomato sauce for dipping.

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Yes, I sampled EVERY SINGLE ONE of these:

Risottos

  • Creamy Asparagus
  • Wild Mushroom
  • Sausage
  • Shrimp with Pomodoro
  • Chicken with Frontina Cream
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Lamb Saffron
  • Beef with Garlic and Parsley
  • Beef and Caramelized Onion with Parmesan Cheese
  • Veggie Risotto

Pastas

  • Spaghetti Pomodoro
  • Spaghetti Putanesca
  • Linguini Carbonara
  • Linguini Wild Mushroom Marsala
  • Ravioli Alfredo with Basil and Fresh Tomatoes
  • Fettucinni Alfredo
  • Fettucinni Pesto Alfredo
  • Rigatoni with Gorgonzola Cream
  • Rigatoni Napolitano
  • Squid Ink with Spicy Pomodoro

Favorites: Lamb Saffron Risotto, Shrimp with Pomodoro Risotto, Fettucinni Alfredo, and Rigatoni Napolitano. Paired my pasta with a glass of Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” – Riesling (Mosel, Germany, 2011). It was nice and sweet, consisting of apple, lemon, crushed rocks, honey, and bright acidity.

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Spaghetti Putanesca and Lemon Chicken Risotto are very salty, Squid Ink with Spicy Pomodoro is quite spicy if you eat a mouthful all at once, Spaghetti Pomodoro is just your typical spaghetti without meatballs, Creamy Asparagus Risotto was more like regular rice instead of mushy (the texture risotto is supposed to be), and Wild Mushroom Risotto was okay. Everything else was mediocre or unappealing. Granted, my group was the first to arrive (right at opening), so perhaps this explains why the first few batches of risotto and pasta were unimpressive. Still, we left bloated and were barely able to move. We had no room for the platter of gelato shots (flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Cookies and Cream, Hazelnut, Coconut, Pineapple, Strawberry, Mango, Peach, and Bubble Gum).

Great staff and venue (they’ve got a beautiful 3-tiered fountain with a bowl at the base!).

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IMG_9589They were in the process of promoting the place, so I was able to snap some shots of the specially-plated dishes they were using for promoting the place, (none of which were actually served to us).

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