Dear The Genuine Kitchen Readers,
We are thrilled to welcome the first Michelin-starred chef to Harry’s pop-up series! You are now able to purchase tickets here for SPQR Pizzeria with chef Matthew Accarrino, bringing San Francisco’s finest to Miami’s Design District on Tuesday, July 16! Yes, it is time to take a trip back to the West Coast – hard to believe that the last time we hit up Cali was Animal Pizzeria in May 2012! – and now for the first time, welcome a chef from one of the world’s best cities for food lovers.
An acronym for Senatus Populesque Romanus, SPQR translates to “The People and Senate of Rome” and was the emblem of the Roman Empire. This San Francisco recipient of a Michelin star for 2013 strives for balance in offering the highest quality of food, wine and service for each guest’s experience in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. When Accarrino recalls what attracted him to the hospitality industry, he says, “It gave me the chance to tell my story with food.” Accarrino’s family heritage leads back to the wind swept hills and coast of Puglia, Italy! Visits with his extended family and stints spent cooking there at an early time in his career instilled a deep appreciation for quality, seasonal, handmade products and ingredients. Learning to make pasta, polenta, and risotto in Italy also influenced his distinctive approach in the kitchen. “It impressed on me the importance of starch as its own course in that cuisine, which is in a sense, where much of my inspiration comes from.” He has trained abroad in Italy and worked for some of Americas best chefs including Todd English, Rick Moonen, Tom Colicchio and Thomas Keller, and among his many recognitions was named Food & Wine’s 2013 People’s Best New Chef: California. He is also co-author of the book SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine, which was released in fall 2012 and will be this event’s take home gift!!!
So after esteemed visiting guests Gabrielle Hamilton, Jonathan Waxman, Marc Vetri, Jonathon Sawyer, Kevin Sbraga, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Paul Grieco, Chris Hastings, Hugh Acheson, Andrew Carmellini, Mindy Segal, Paul Kahan, April Bloomfield, Bill Telepan, Joey Campanaro, and Jeff Michaud, Michael is thrilled to invite chef Matthew Accarrino to take over Harry’s Pizzeria on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.
You know the drill… Seating is first come, first served for this sweet and savory family-style meal! Making new friends is encouraged and easy when you’ve got a welcome cocktail in hand with hors d’oeuvre, four courses, free-flowing wines by The Genuine Hospitality Group sommelier and Wine Director Eric Larkee and our tap beers including Michael’s Genuine Home Brew at your disposal. Go home with a special gift from Matt, too. All that and tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price of $150.
For tickets and more on Matt, click here! Menu will be announced in a week, and before we know it, SPQR will arrive in Miami. We can’t wait.