Thursday, October 30, 2014

Four of a Kind

Italian classics earn heavy rotation at Quattro

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There's no shame in owning a few Greatest Hits albums. 

Each has their time and place: there's Bob Marley's Legend for the beach, Metallica's Greatest Hits for the gym, and now there's Quattro for your next eating expedition to the North End.

The comparison is fitting, as owner Frank De Pasquale is a figurative rock star when it comes to Italian food, having racked up scores of gold records with previous ventures including Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, Trattoria il Panino and Panino Express.

Inside Quattro, they've distilled those menus into a murderer's row of signature dishes from his restaurants. We're especially excited to see hot panini sandwiches (we like homemade meatball and the classic North End sausage & peppers) from Panino Express, grilled seafood from Mare, and the gelato from, well, Gelateria.

As for the wood-fired pizzas, they're from another pretty good spot for food: Naples.

All that's left is for you to pull up a stool at the white marble bar with your date and compare each other's desert island playlists over wine and a large pie. 

Or maybe save that desert comparison for after dessert?

Quattro quattro-boston.com
264 Hanover St. (Richmond St.), North End
(617) 724-0444
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Haymarket or North Station
Best bets: Wood-fired pizza; roast lamb leg; prosciutto, Parma ham & mozzarella panini
Nearby: Pulcinella Mozzaralla Bar; The Place; Vito's

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