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KNR Hospitality 2015: A Year in Review

We at KNR Hospitality had a fantastic 2015, and we looked back at the year we can hardly believe all the events, growth, parties, and celebrity sightings we had at our venues. We compiled a recap of our exciting 2015!

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana

This year Quattro Miami celebrated nine years of excellent dining on Lincoln Road! Various bloggers and food editors attest to the longevity of restaurant to the exquisite Northern Italian cuisine. To quote the Miami Food Pug they named Quattro a “Lincoln Road staple”. Additionally, Quattro Miami Beach was again an honored recipient of The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences Five Star Diamond Award.The 2015 American Academy of Hospitality Sciences Five Star Diamond Award

The Dutch Miami

The Dutch Miami hosted the fourth annual BBQ series each Wednesday night during the summer season. Our BBQ series is always a huge success among the locals of South Beach. Closing out 2015 we again had the distinct honor to present the hottest soiree of Art Basel, the dinner that was hosted by Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman. The night was filled with several luminaries of the art collecting world.Aby Rosen, Craig Robins, & David Adjaye
The Thompson Miami Beach

Seagrape by James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein is another culinary hit for the residents of Miami Beach! The reviews rolled in during 2015 for the newly opened restaurant, and Seagrape has been named a critical success.SoFLA review of Seagrape
-LivingRoom W South Beach & Wet Pool-

The two biggest events for LivingRoom and Wet Pool at W South Beach is without a doubt Miami Music Week and New Year’s Eve. Miami Music Week we booked international talents, such as; Matthias Tanzmann, Anja Schneider, wAFF and many more. New Year’s Eve we pulled out all the stops for a massive production. We brought in the super talented Klingande for a live show at our Black Masquerade party. Additionally, Cris Cab performed live during our celebration.Klingande at W South Beach KNR Hospitality

WALLmiami

In 2015, WALL celebrated hot music and good vibes. We kicked off the year with dance music genius Oliver Heldens, and we continued to attract top musical talent. During Miami Music Week some of our top talents were: Behrouz & Friends, Thomas Gold, Paris & Simo, Marco Carola, Alesso, Steve Angello, and Tom Staar. During Miami Music week we had 11 straight days of music at WALL nightclub. We hosted our annual Favela Beach wet t-shirt contest with KrillWasHere. Nicky and Paris Hilton celebrated the ultimate bachelorette party in the Summer of 2015. Also, WALL Thursdays became revamped to our weekly hip hop party. WALL Thursdays launched with King Loss. We closed out our fantastic year with the Be Crazy! Ibiza party headlined by Jean Claude Ades and Oxia!Alesso at WALL nightclub inside W South Beach

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Lincoln Road’s Italian Gem

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Lincoln Road’s Italian Gem

Since KNR Restaurant Group opened Quattro Gastronomia Italiana in summer 2006, the romantic 170-seat indoor/outdoor eatery has become a Miami Beach staple for visitors and locals alike. Transporting the decadent flavors of Northern Italy to South Beach’s bustling Lincoln Road by way of Alessandria born and raised identical twin chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro, the celeb frequented hotspot combines authentic cuisine, beautiful wines and enchanting décor, to create an Italian trattoria that feels plucked from the streets of Alba.

The talented twin chefs work on their menus together, and bring to the table extensive expertise in the creation of perfect pastas and other regional dishes and a light touch that is ideal for the magic city’s warm weather and people. Natives of Alessandria in the Piemonte region – known for its fine cheeses such as Robiola, Caprini and Tumin, porcini and exotic white truffle mushrooms, hearty local game dishes, and revered Asti and Barolo wines – the chefs look to the culinary traditions of their homeland for inspiration.

The Piemonte influence is evident in dishes such as the Fonduta Tartufata con Crostini – a rich and comforting fontina cheese fondue with poached egg, shaved truffles and perfectly toasted Biova croutons – a selection from the special white truffle menu offered mid-October through December, when truffles are in season. Dishes on their regular menu that pay homage to home includePreparazione Casalinga Dei Ravioli Di Casa Savoia Tartufati fontina ravioli drizzled with white truffle oil; or the Agnolotti Piemontesi Allo Stufatobraised beef ravioli with Piedmontese sauce.

As passionate as they are for the food of their home, the Carros are able to span several regional styles of Italian cuisine. Quattro’s sophisticated but earthy menu begins with over ten different types of antipasti ($13-$19) such as Parmigiana di Melanzane in Forma,baked organic eggplant layered with tomato sauce, melted mozzarella and basil; Vitello Tonnato Con Capperithinly sliced vealtopped with a creamy Favignana tuna sauce and capers; Polipo Del Mediterraneo su Tortino di Patate Prezzemolate, Mediterranean octopus with lemon dressing, served over potato and parsley salad; and of course Selezione Di Affettati Regionali Tipici Italiani E Sottaceti, a house selection of cured meats and Formaggi Italiani Con Le Nostre Mostarde, imported Italian cheeses with sweet and spicy jams. Insalate ($9-$14) include a delicious Insalata Di Rape Rosse, Mousse Di Carpa E Frisee – roasted baby beets with goat cheese mousse, frisée and red wine beet vinaigrette; and Insalata Di Lenticchie Cetrioli or lentil salad with tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette.

Primi Piatti ($18-$24), pastas made in-house daily in an imported La Monferrina™ machine rarely used in the United States, are a must-try with stellar selections including Chicche Tre Colori Con Salsa Di Burrata Pugliese – tri-color gnocchi with creamy burrata cheese sauce; Rigatoni Alla Boscaiolarigatoni with Parma ham, porcini mushrooms in tomato sauce with touch of cream; Ravioli Di mozzarella Di Bufala Con Pomodoro Fresco, Basilico E PinoliBuffalo mozzarella ravioli with fresh tomato, basil and pine nuts; andTagliolini Alla Puttanescatagliolini with tomato sauce, capers, anchovies, garlic, black olives and chili flakes. Imported Mediterranean seafood is the centerpiece of secondi ($25-$42) plates such as Branzino Intero In Crosta Di Sale MarinoMediterranean sea bass, baked in salt crust, with sautéed vegetables; and the Orata Al Cartoccio – Mediterranean sea bream filet, cooked in parchment paper with white wine, taggiasche olives and capers. Meat selections include Ossobuco Di Vitello In Gremolata Con Risotto Alla Milanesebraised veal ossobuco gremolata with saffron risotto; Saltimbocca Di Vitello Alla Romana Con Pisellini Novelli – seared veal scaloppini, topped with prosciutto and sage with green peas; and Battuta di Manzo alla Piastra con Rucola e Pomodorinipounded beef top round, lightly seasoned with garlic and chili flakes, with arugula and tomatoes, sautéed baby spinach with pine nuts.

 Ending on a truly sweet note, desserts ($10), prepared by award-winning pastry chef Antonio Bachour, shine. Selections includeBomboloni Della Casa – made-to-order Italian doughnuts filled with vanilla custard, Nutella and apricot jelly; Panna Cotta Al Torrone E Gelato Al Pistacchio Italian nougat panna cotta, pistachio gelato and honey syrup; Pan Di Mele Con Zeppole warm apple brioche, gingerbread zeppole and caramel gelato; Monte Bianco Tradizionale chestnut puree, whipped cream and meringue and Crema Di Zucca Con Frutta D’autunno – creamy pumpkin custard, dried fruit marmellata and mascarpone crema.

Quattro’s handcrafted cocktails ($13) impeccably meld classic Italian drinks with subtle Miami flare. Alchemy Lychee Martini, a delicious mix of ginger Alchemy Vodka, lychee juice and a dash of Chambord; Quattrino with Aperol, Chardonnay Mila, Campari and fresh Florida grapefruit juice; and the Raspberry Chili Martini with vodka, fresh raspberry puree, apple juice and a dash of Gomme. They also feature classic Italian Prosecco cocktails ($14) such as a Sbagliato with Campari, sweet vermouth and Prosecco. An award-winning all-Italian wine list is hand-selected by partner Nicola Schon, who is also owner/vintner of Colle Manora vineyard in the countryside of the Monferrato. The wine list features the region’s most famous wines – the rich and complex Barolo, the dramatic Barbaresco, the rustic Barbera, and the dry, fruity Dolcetto – each of which pair perfectly with Quattro’s gutsy, flavorful dishes.

New York-based Studio A Design created Quattro’s dining room to feel like a sleek, contemporary power-dining spot, with a cool, comfortable charm. Seating 85, the room is outfitted in warm tawny browns and deep pine greens that are offset by striking custom Murano glass chandeliers suspended from antique mirrored coffers. Old World meets New World with imported Italian materials, such as the oversized banquettes covered in luxurious cognac-colored Italian leather with double-stitch detailing, and beautifully weathered original terrazzo floors. The focal part of the room is a stunning Calacatta marble bar with a brick-shaped mirrored back drop flanked by floor-to-ceiling wine towers that showcase their award-winning collection. A chrome library ladder slides freely between the towers. The al fresco dining area, also seating 85, offers the perfect spot along Lincoln Road to enjoy a leisurely, delicious meal and people watch amidst the beautiful South Florida weather.

 Quattro, located on 1014 Lincoln Road, is open for lunch and dinner daily. For reservations, please call 305-531-4833, or visit www.quattromiami.com.

About KNR RESTAURANT GROUP

Innovators in the hospitality industry, KNR Restaurant Group partners Karim Masri, Nicola Siervo, Nicola Schon and Rony Seikalydevelop and operate hospitality concepts that transform restaurant, nightlife and hotel food and beverage facilities into thriving, high profile destinations.  The company has created and been the driving force behind a group of highly successful restaurants including Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, open 2006, and Sosta Pizzeria, open 2009, on Miami’s chic Lincoln Road. Twin chefs Nicola Carro and Fabrizio Carro are at the helm of Quattro and Sosta restaurants, creating simple, authentic Northern Italian cuisine, with the finest high quality ingredients available. They’ve been featured in The New York Times, on the Today Show, Bravo and Martha Stewart, among others. Quattro recently received the prestigious American Academy of Hospitality Sciences prestigious 5 Star Diamond Award. In the mix for 2011/2012, KNR has some exciting international locations in-the-works for Quattro Gastronomia and plans to expand their restaurant empire in Miami.

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Press Release from WALLmiami’s Opening

WALLmiami Press Release

WALL SETS NEW STANDARD FOR MIAMI NIGHTLIFE CULTURE

Miami Beach, FL – A throwback to carefree decadence, boutique lounge WALL at W South Beach has proven to be an impenetrably exclusive boite in the heart of South Beach. The Miami hotspot is a product of restaurateurs and nightlife impresarios Karim Masri, Nicola Siervo and Rony Seikaly, the masterminds behind KNR Group and projects including sought-after dining establishments such as Solea, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana and Sosta Pizzeria and Enoteca as well as nightclubs Mokai and Mynt. Part owners in the venture include director of nightlife Navin Chatani and W South Beach assistant food and beverage director Jarred Grant Straying from the traditional concepts of South Florida nightlife, the venue provides an intimate hideaway where celebrities and locals alike can relax and escape from the mayhem of South Beach.

“WALL is a smaller and intimate venue, a change for Miami Beach,” says owner Masri. “On any given night our clients come to find like-minded people, while locals come to find their friends. We offer versatility throughout our concept so that guests can determine their own experience.”

Get past the velvet ropes, walk through the beveled bronze doors, breeze past the champagne-swilling fashionable types and gaze upon the iconic interior design of Studio B’s Anna Busta. The gold-and- black motif radiates glamour and edge, and offers a layer of seduction by way of dark and textured walls. WALL’s unique and open design allows for a constant flow of club-goers and encourages dancing into the late morning hours. The central area features two signature gold leather couches arranged in easily accessible rows. The back bar displays feature large LED backlit picture frames made from mirror incorporating WALL’s signature diamond motif into the space. The DJ booth is optimally located in the center of the room facing the main bar. However, the “pièce de résistance” is the 35-inch spherical Raimond chandelier, an exquisite new creation from the Dutch design house Moooi. Designed by Raimond Puts for Moooi in the Netherlands, Moooi’s Raimond Light is a sparkling sphere containing hundreds of LED lights that will replace the central mirror disco ball. The intricate sphere of the Raimond Light transports the electrical current allowing the LED terminals to then join these paths to create an atmospheric ambiance.

The entirely VIP 4,000 square foot venue, nestled within the award-winning W South Beach, consistently attracts A-listers, jet-setters and nightlife aficionados from around the world, providing further reason for South Beach to be lauded as a top nightlife destination.

“What makes a club a ‘destination’ is the ownership behind it,” said co-owner Siervo. “You can put gold on the walls but if the team behind the club is not established, experienced and well-respected locally, it doesn’t stand a chance. Miami is our backyard and most of our clients are our friends and fellow industry insiders.”

Since opening in July 2009, WALL has been the choice venue for Miami’s most coveted events such as the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Super Bowl XLIV party, hosting top A-list celebrities including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Cameron Diaz, Alex Rodriguez, Carrie Underwood, Kate Walsh and more. Vito Schnabel, Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal’s Art Basel Miami fete placed WALL at the center of the art and design world. The lounge also hosted HBO’s “Entourage” premiere after-party and consistently draws top DJ’s and athletes such as Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia, Derek Jeter, Reggie Bush and Dwyane Wade – who celebrated his birthday at the famed lounge alongside team members Lebron James and Chris Bosh.

About WALL

WALL is located in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences at 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Operating hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. For table reservations or more information, call 305.938.3130 or visit www.wallmiami.com.

About KNR Group

Established in 2006, KNR Restaurant Group, KNR Food Concepts and KNR Bar Concepts have created critically acclaimed restaurant concepts Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Sosta Pizzeria | Enoteca, Solea and famed nightlife venues Bar None, Mynt, Mokai and WALL. KNR Group manages all food and beverage at the W South Beach and new projects by KNR include Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Kastel and Bar d’Eau in the new Trump Soho, where KNR manages all food and beverage of the Trump Soho Hotel.

Founders Karim Masri, Nicola Siervo and Rony Seikaly are recognized as industry impresarios responsible for singlehandedly revolutionizing South Beach and creating intimate hotspots designed to forever raise the bar of style and design. Their combined efforts have garnered the attention of The New York Times, Elle, People and Travel + Leisure, among other notable publications.

QuattroMiami Participates in Miami Spice

It is hard to imagine, but the Summer season is coming to a close. For the locals it feels like an endless summer due to Miami’s sub-tropcial weather.  Although, a quick glance to the calendar indicates that we are inching closer to the Autumnal Equinox. With the end of Summer comes Miami Spice, a celebration of Miami’s passion for food and life! Quattro is excited to participate in Miami Spice 2014 so we can showcase our restaurant for the lifeblood of our city, the local gastronome.

Quattro was established in the heart of South Beach on Lincoln Road Mall in 2006.  Since day one of our opening we have kept on-point with our mantra, authentic Italian cuisine by using the finest of ingredients. Miami Spice first started in Miami in 2002 inspired by the success of New York City’s Restaurant Week. When Miami Spice began, a total of 54 restaurants from the Miami metro participated in the celebration. Fast forward to 2014, and Quattro is one of the 131 restaurants participating in Spice. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau have stated that they are happy with the number of participants. According to an interview with Steve Haas, the current number of participating restaurants is perfect. QuattroMiami_Spice_2014

“I don’t want every restaurant in Miami to participate. I want the number manageable with great restaurants that provide a good value.” Steve Haas Chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A few consumers may not be aware that not every restaurant is chosen to participate in Miami Spice. The first requirement in order to be considered for Miami Spice is to have a good Zagat rating. Next, the fixed Spice menu the restaurant proposes must present value to the consumer as the prices are fixed at $23 for lunch or $39 for dinner. One last thing, the restaurant also is visited anonymously by one of the deciding members. This way they can receive a true experience the restaurant will offer as Miami Spice participant.

Quattro Miami is more than happy to participate in Miami Spice 2014! This will be our sixth year participating in the culinary celebration. If you would like to learn more about our 2014 offering, click here for our lunch menu, and click here for our dinner menu. We look forward to hosting you for a great dining experience.

LivingRoom In the Press

The Living Room inside the W South Beach is a highly renowned lounge with our commitment to elegant luxury. Inside, guests are welcomed by a soothing ambiance to complement their cocktail. Visitors come to the Living Room not only due to its reputation of a world class venue, but because of the mixed drink program that has been implemented. KNR Hospitality brought in the critically acclaimed Mixologist, Scott Beattie. As a result, the Living Room is unrivaled in Miami Beach for the epitome of a cocktail experience.

 

Living Room Miami New Times Best of

 

We persist that our cocktails take center stage while complementing the entire experience at Living Room. While we are similar to other Living Room W lounges, we have taken it upon ourselves to be a step above the rest. In 2014, we were awarded best hotel lounge/bar in the Miami New Times.

 

Ocean Drive Magazine Living Room Miami W
Ocean Drive Review of Living Room Miami

Guests can put their feet up next to the pool, and enjoy stunning views from under the palm trees. Ocean Drive magazine named a Living Room cocktail as a refreshing drink for the next time you find yourself poolside in Miami.

 

National Culinary Review of Living Room Miami

 

Living Room Miami was recognized for our exceptional dedication to the perfect cocktail in the June 2014 issue of The National Culinary Review magazine.

LivingRoom: The Home of W Speakerbox

We at LivingRoom know that our culinary cocktails are rockstars. Customers come in asking for these famous drinks by first name. Our customers go on and on about what they heard about the muddled mixings. That got us thinking, if our drinks are rockstars, we should bring in actual rockstars to complement our venue and experience! It was through this realization that LivingRoom in conjunction with the W South Beach Hotel created a new live music series for the locals, and visitors, of Miami called W Speakerbox.LivingRoom_W_Speakerbox

W Speakerbox is a monthly live music event that we host on the first Thursday of every month. The series kicked off with a local Miami talent in the beginning of May with Cat Shell. In June, the sultry stylings of Gaby Duran was our headlining live performer and this past month we wrapped up with the funky yet electric Brendan O’Hara. Mixing and mingling, of course, comes naturally to those who come to W Speakerbox. If we needed to choose one word to describe the events we would choose, magnetic. W Speakerbox is complemented by a signature drink of the night. The very first W Speakerbox we felt that the night was special enough with a full bar and our knowledgeable bartenders could make any signature LivingRoom cocktail. In June, we featured the Cucumber Collins, and for August we sipped on Miami Manhattans.

Each month W Speakerbox gets bigger and better. Next month, have your calendar marked for the first Thursday. We are sure to delight your senses with a unique venue, electric music, and divine cocktails. Also, check out the TwitterFacebook, andInstagram pages of LivingRoom W SoBe to keep up with all events and news.