Dedication to the great Italian and French wine labels with a modern gastronomic kitchen is the idea of Enoteca Quartino. Marco and Giacomo Wu, two brothers who were born and raised in Rome learned the ins and outs of their parents’ business of wine export to China and wholesale distribution of products for Chinese restaurants in Italy. Business minded themselves, they decided to conquer their own reality by offering wines from prominent names in Italy and France, as well as well-chosen small artisan producers. “Our cellar, located on the floor below, can boast almost 2,000 labels: Italian and foreign wines, in particular French (Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne), bottles of renowned Maison, but also of small production companies. There is also room for organic wines in our constantly evolving cellar, thanks to research work resulting from the precious collaboration of the sommelier Jacqueline Margaret Capuzzi,” underlines Marco.
Quartino is the third and newest business venture of the brothers which is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome. They are also owners of Astemio, another wine shop in Rome located at Via Cavour and another one in Milan. The late 19th to early 20th century Liberty style of Quartino was immaculately projected by RPM Proget Studio in Rome, giving the space a sense of continuity from the portico of the building. The 80-square meter space with a 26-seat capacity indoors and 24 outdoors is designed with dark shelves and tables in oak, velvet and leather chairs and floor to ceiling iron shelves displaying the thousands of labels that Quartino has in the rich menu of wines. There is also a long bar where cocktails can be prepared by Marco himself, a passionate mixologist, if wine doesn’t appeal to you. Shades of burgundy and beige in subdued lighting parallels the idea of a low-key night with a good bottle of wine and food.
Quartino’s philosophy is simple and effective: to make every product accessible to everyone, even the high-end ones, such as Conterno Monfortino, Sassicaia, Tignanello, and Poggio di Sotto and champagne like Louis Roederer, Pol Roger, Dom Perignon and Krug which change every two weeks. It is a place for lovers of wine within all budgets. The great thing about Quartino is that you pay the same price on the bottle of wine that you buy from their shelves to take home or consume it in their place.
The gastronomic menu has available platters of cured meat and cheese, selected by Master Cheesemaker and Taster Mauro Geria from fine artisan companies. For the warm dishes, there are proposals of traditional cuisine which are strictly seasonal based on the availability of the raw materials needed. For starters, oysters, bruschetta and focaccia (€4 to €6) are simple options or platters of artisan cured meat and cheese (€12 to €13), pata negra (€25), beef terderloin tartare, marinated Angus carpaccio or gratinated bone marrow (€12 to €15). The proposals for pasta (€10 to €14) like carbonara, beef ragù, duck ragù and pistachio with red prawn tartare are interesting. Main dishes of fish and meat (€12 to €30) vary between meatballs in tomato sauce to a plate of ribe eye while burgers (€10 to €20) and pizzas (€6 to €13) are also easier options. Quartino starts operating in mid-morning, serving tea and coffee.