Quattro’s (Guilford)

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After a trying week, and a particularly trying day, I needed comfort.  I found that comfort in the Fettuccini Carbonara at Quattro’s last night.  The pleasant mouthfeel of the fresh pasta that was coated in a beautiful light cream sauce had little cubes of pancetta and procittuo as well as peas, all coming together to give my mouth and my soul a much needed hug.  Just what the doctor ordered.

My love and I sat at the bar last night enjoying some beverages before our food came.  He ordered a beer and I asked our very capable waitress if she could make me a Madras (vodka, oj, and cranberry juice).  It was excellent – far better than the same drink I got at a bar later that night.  In addition to the carbonara, we also shared two items off their new, as of last week, tapas menu:  Lomo Le Chancho (Toasted Bread, Pork Tenderloin, Melted Marechego Cheese, Tomato, Black Olives, Cilantro Salsa) and Espinacha and Garbanzo (Chick Peas and Spinach Stew in a Saffron Red Sauce).

Both of the tapas were incredibly tasty.  The former was a nicely cooked piece of pork with all the ingredients mentioned in the above description on a piece of puffed pastry.  The olives were very evident in this dish, and while I am not a huge olive fan, it paired very well with the rest of the flavors.  Any more than the two servings we had, and it would have been a tad too salty.  The latter was a great dish too, with fresh spinach and tomato in a garlic-laden red sauce mixed with tender yet meaty chickpeas.

I have to comment also on the garlic “knots” served with a mindblowingly good cilantro dipping sauce.  This sauce, made with cilantro, olive oil, salt + pepper, garlic and a little bit of lemon was positively amazing paired with these small puffs of garlic bread that were, themselves, light, fluffy, and full of flavor.  They looked just like little cream puffs but were a bit denser and much more bold in their oily, garlicky goodness

A few notes on the decor.  It is handsome, refined without being stuffy or pretentious.  Exposed beams grace the main dining room and bar area, which I loved.  If you’re into bathrooms, that is quite nice also, with beautiful aubergine (eggplant) colored walls, nicely tiled floors, and immaculate cleanliness.  It felt more like a bathroom you’d find in a spa than a dining establishment.

The bar area is quite large making the probability of scoring a bar seat much higher than at other restaurants.  Also, the bartender we had (a female – never got her name) was wonderful, attentive, and friendly throughout.  She was such a delight!

Loved the food, the drinks, the feel – everything about this place.  Dining here  was almost as comfortable as eating in our own dining room at home.  I think we will be back soon!

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Update 4/29/12:  We had another amazing dinner at the bar here last night that started with two items off the tapas menu and ended with the Linguini Bolognese.  We were hoping to try the suckling pig tapa that was on the menu last week but they didn’t have it in the kitchen, but the menu had changed since our visit last week.  Instead, we ordered the calami as well as the scallops tapas.

Calamari a La Plancha: Grilled Baby Squid Tossed with Onions, Tomatoes and White Beans Served in a Lemon Oil Vinaigrette was superb.  All the flavors came together really nicely.  The calamari tasted fresh and I loved the slight chewiness found this this type of preparation.  I loved the light but flavorful vinaigrette.

Vieiras Gallegas: Seared Scallops, Roasted Beets, Orange and Avocado Salad in a Mango Vinaigrette.  Wow.  The scallops were perfectly seasoned and cooked.  I wanted more after we finished the two were on the dish.  Everything else on the plate was great, too.

Linguini Bolognese:  Combination of ground lamb and beef with fresh pasta.  This was a tasty and hearty dish.  I liked it, but not as much as I liked the Carbonara from last weekend or the two dishes we had prior to this one.  It was a bit “lamb-ey”  for me, but those who like the taste of lamb would really enjoy it.

Similar to our visit last week, the bartender was lovely.  I just realized now that we never got those delicious garlic knows I loved from last week.  Will definitely try to remember those next time.

1300 Boston Post Rd
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-6575

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