“Inspired by tradition and excited by modern flavours” – Quartieri
I swear I just met the friendliest man on Earth. And it doesn’t hurt that his food is fantastic. Tony Carelli absolutely exudes passion. He’s animated, friendly, excited, energetic – and he has every reason to be, with the launch of his new restaurant, Quartieri.
The warm and welcoming restaurant, decorated in colourful geometric patterns is a modern take on 1960s Naples. Which is exactly what the food is all about: tradition with a twist. Taking a family recipe passed down from 1923, Quartieri shares an authentic slice of Italy in London.
Every little detail is considered. The wine has been created in collaboration with a vineyard beneath Vesuvius… but a more modern twist is the Franciacorta – Italy’s first sparkling wine, produced in the same way as champagne. The pizza uses a traditional recipe, making it high in quality and light on the stomach… but there are new surprises with lemon or orange varieties.
And then there’s the calzone star, which came with a resounding “ooooo” from all the diners as it was carefully laid on the table. A perfect pizza to share with different toppings for each point on the star.
It was getting late, but the mouthwatering promise of dessert kept me firmly in my seat. And it was definitely worth the wait – a creamy, coffee-y, lightly alcohol-y, perfect slab of tiramisu was just what I needed for a touch of sweetness after all the cheese. Just look at the picture….
I’m sure you don’t need convincing now, head to Quartieri on Kilburn High Road and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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