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Two brothers compete in an Italian family-style challenge, and Al Manzo speaks!

Jun 29, 2011


Hello my little tortellinis! I hope you enjoyed this week's episode as much as I did because it featured two things I love: the Manzos and anything related to *NYSYNC. In the Signature Dish Challenge brothers and native Italians Fabrizio and Nicola competed against Franklin Lakes caterer Ninamarie. I've dined at the SoHo outpost of Quattro, located in the Trump SoHo, andfrankly it was amazing, so if the Miami location is anything like the NYC one, the brothers have a lot to be proud of. I'm guessing it is, so I had high expectations for the brothers. And one of them lived up to those expectations -- Fabrizio, who moved on to the dinner party challenge against Ninamarie, while Nicola was sent packing back to Miami. 

Fabrizio and Ninamarie both worked with design mentor (and total sweetheart!) Jes Gordon to create two very different concepts. Fabrizio wanted his diners to be transported to his homeland, Italy, while Ninamarie captured the Italian-American experience of Little Italy. They both, however, needed to create the sense of family and togetherness of big Italian dinners. While Ninamarie impressed the diners with many of her dishes, especially the traditional addition of peaches to her Veal Milanese, she failed in satisfying Sara Gore and her low-carb request, and ultimately failed the challenge.