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A La Carte

December 27, 2020

Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Crab Panzanella and Gavi del Comune di Gavi DOCG by Michele Chiarlo (first course of the Jan. 21 specialty dinner at $85 with coursed wine pairings for a supplement of $59)

Facing the lively streets of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean, the al fresco dining room Quiora opened its doors in September 2019.

Since the beginning, the restaurant located at The Ritz-Carlton Residences has focused on the inspiration of gathering at an Italian dinner table — ample plates of food, exquisite glasses of wine, and the constant sharing of heart-warming homemade cuisine with friends and family.

In the Italian language, the words “qui” and “ora” mean to live in the “here and now,” so you’ll be firmly ensconced in a delightful moment each time you dine at Quiora.

Looking forward to 2021, Quiora’s first specialty dinner of the year will take place on Jan. 21. The dinner will feature tableside truffle service and wines hand-selected from the unique Michele Chiarlo Winery, explains Jordyn Oriole, sales and marketing manager. Providing a pop art stroke and a carefree touch, Chiarlo has been sharing passion for wine, the landscape, and art since 1956 in the region of Piedmont, Oriole notes.

A previous chef’s specialty dinner at Quiora featured Grilled Octopus with salt roasted potatoes, Calabrian chili, crispy capers and pickled sweet onion.

The evening’s dinner will showcase all of that and more through five courses paired by executive chef Shaymus Alwin and chef Miranda Eckerfield for $85, with coursed wine pairings for a supplement of $59.

Crab Panzanella will be the first course of five at the Jan. 21 specialty dinner. This dish features Dungeness crab tossed with Meyer lemon segments, Ho Farm cherry tomatoes, cucumber and oregano croutons. It makes a great companion to the bright acidity paired with the Italian wine Gavi del Comune di Gavi DOCG by Chiarlo, who commits to both sustainability and experimentation.

Seats for the Jan. 21 dinner can be reserved starting Dec. 31 by calling 729-9757 or sending an email to quiora@glionhawaii.com.

Drawing inspiration from southern Italy, Grilled Octopus was a featured dish for the restaurant’s holiday tasting menu in December. It featured salt roasted potatoes, Calabrian chili, crispy capers and pickled sweet onion.

Another dish that Quiora has become known for is its mouth-watering Porchetta Board. The savory pork loin is served with Cranberry Mostarda and perfect for sharing. In addition, a dish perfect for one, or also to be shared, is Quiora’s Calabrian Garlic Shrimp. The Kauai prawns are finished with Calabrian chili oil and paired with grilled toast.

“Inspired by the traditions of Italian cuisine, Quiora strives to create soul-warming meals with handmade pasta, house butchered meats, local fish and produce. Time and love are key elements to the ‘from scratch’ approach to cooking that they hope their guests feel when joining them,” Oriole notes.

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