In case you stroll in and not using a reservation, you would possibly rating a spot on the bar or at considered one of its soft lounge tables for dinner, as I did on my third and closing go to. To completely admire Casa Don Alfonso, although, it’s good to sit within the eating room — or, to be extra exact, the joint area that the Atlanta-based design agency Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry has created from the eating room and the adjoining, spacious open kitchen.
It is a triumph of sunshine. Suffused with the lavender of the hand-painted tiles on the kitchen partitions and the copper of the hood system above the cooks of their crisp whites and tall toques, the sunshine glints off the a whole lot of hand-blown glass sculptures of wisteria leaves that hold above the eating room like a flock of birds in midflight and casts a waterfront-twilight glow.
Everybody appears spectacular sitting in Casa Don Alfonso, OK? Let’s eat.
The menu goals to be a sort of elegant but unfussy survey of Iaccarino household recipes and, extra usually, the meals of the Sorrento coast. A quote from Italian playwright Eduardo de Filippo (a calmly edited model seems on the cocktail menu; this full sentence is printed on Don Alfonso 1890’s web site) gives the restaurant’s inspiration:
“Naturally, if we stay anchored to the previous, our life turns into stagnant, but when we use custom as a springboard, we are going to sail that a lot greater within the air.” At their greatest, chef de delicacies Sergio Chierego and his employees practically attain the dizzying heights of Casa Don Alfonso’s design and self-mythologizing.