It’s cramped, it’s colorful, it’s overwhelming: it’s the North End fit-to-burst with life on a sunny day. The hub of Boston’s Little Italy is the “top” of Hanover Street at its intersection with Richmond and Parmenter. This is where Quattro — which took over the Il Panino Express spot this spring — stands, inviting passerbys into its cool interior of sleek pale marble countertops, wall-to-wall white, and floor-to-ceiling windows that connect it to the bustle of the street when weather permits.
Boston has its share of award-winning chefs and Kristen Thibeault, chef/owner of Lynn-based vegan catering company Kombu Kitchen, recently joined their ranks. Thibeault proved she could hold her own among chefs of all creeds when she won San Pellegrino’s Almost Famous chef competition in Napa, a mainstream cooking competition.
The Fireplace turns up the heat for Valentine’s Day and gets all Colonial-er than thou.