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Famed Chicago restaurant will import eccellente Italian to Texas

Famed Chicago restaurant will import eccellente Italian to Texas

Chicago has amazing Italian food. Photo courtesy of Quartino

An authentic Italian restaurant from Chicago is coming to Dallas. Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar, a lively, authentic Italian restaurant and wine bar in Chicago's River North neighborhood, has signed a lease at the new Grandscape development in The Colony.

A part of Chicago-based Gibsons Restaurant Group (GRG), Quartino will open in 2020. This marks GRG's debut in Texas and will be the first Quartino to open since the original opened on Chicago's State Street in December 2005.

Opened in 2005 by founding chef John Coletta, Quartino features a menu of Italian small plates that focus on regional specialties made in-house with the highest respect for Italian culinary traditions. The menu includes a wide variety of artisanal salumi, house-made cheeses, Neapolitan pizza, pastas handmade in the dedicated pasta kitchen, risotto, and seafood.

Quartino's extensive, value-driven wine list highlights interesting selections from the highest quality, family-owned, small-production Italian wine estates. Wines are available by the quartino (quarter liter), half liter, carafe and bottle.

Cocktail options range from classics such as negronis and housemade limoncello to Italian-inspired craft cocktails that change seasonally.

Always festive and welcoming with two spacious levels and outdoor seating, Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner with brunch on the weekends.

GRG founder Steve Lombardo says in a release that the company is excited to join the Dallas-area community.

"Quartino is known for its commitment to the highest quality, authentic Italian food and wine, a lively dining experience and putting the customer first, and we can’t wait to bring this experience to Grandscape guests," Lombardo says.

Quartino will be located in the "Grotto district" at Grandscape with two levels and a mix of indoor and outdoor bar and dining room seating.

The exterior of the restaurant will feature sand-toned bricks with awnings shaded by ivy, giving the space a relaxed, yet refined vibe.

Quartino is one of several dining destinations confirmed to join the mixed-use Grandscape property.

"Quartino will add to the unique experiences available for visitors to Grandscape and fits perfectly with our vision of unmatched tenants and creating the feeling of time well spent with every visit," says Grandscape president Jeff Lind.