Quality Italian is a modern take on the Italian-American steakhouse tradition. It references the flavors, style and tableside flair of this classic genre with unique design and food that appeals to today’s diner. Continuing the tradition of sister restaurant Quality Meats, Quality Italian references old‑world butcher shops in its unique design, drawing inspiration from the traditional butcher guilds found throughout Italy. These guilds were responsible for maintaining quality control for the meat sold throughout the country, and at Quality Italian, internationally renowned design firm AvroKO references the significant role these institutions had in Italian culture and tradition in each of the restaurants.
In New York City, the crested flags from each of the guilds and a series of butchers’ utility pieces were sourced from turn‑of‑the‑century butchers’ guild buildings and quietly re‑purposed into art features, wall coverings, dividing screens and floor‑to‑ceiling cabinetry, incorporating these traditional elements in more modern applications. Hand‑blown glass is utilized and displayed prominently in the custom designed lighting fixtures throughout the two‑story restaurant, which boasts two entire walls of windows, giving guests a unique vantage point of bustling midtown Manhattan.
In Denver, through welcoming reclaimed wood doors, the warm, industrial interior has unique art features throughout and wine storage as a visual attribute to the space. A large central bar with a dynamic cocktail program and extensive wine offerings brings a convivial tone to the dining room. The full menu is served in the adjacent lounge. In the warmer months, the exterior garage doors are open for an indoor/outdoor dining ambience. In addition to a la carte dining, Quality Italian offers both private and semi-private dining options for events and special occasions.