A new restaurant concept is coming to Fort Lauderale from Valentino chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio, named New Times Broward-Palm Beach 2015 best chef.
Rocchio and partner Elke Quintana recently announced the groundbreaking of their latest concept, One Door East, located next door to the chef's longtime Fort Lauderdale establishment, located at 620 S. Federal Highway.
Rocchio and Quintana describe the concept as a globally inspired tapas restaurant. The concept will focus on sharing-sized plates, with some larger dishes with influences from across the globe: Spain, Asia, Africa, and the United States.
The goal for Rocchio is to explore different flavors and style of cooking.
"It's more exciting for everyone," says Rocchio. "We can experiment with different products and techniques. I'm really excited with some of the food we'll be creating."
Expect to see a few signature dishes, however: paella, house-made charcuterie, and artisan cheese platters; wood-fired meats and fish; and a unique spin on a burger.
Although the focus will be on the food, Rocchio says One Door East will boast a bar and late-night scene. With an industrial-vibe decor — think steel and reclaimed wood — the space will offer a comprehensive beverage program with chef-driven drinks paired with a large selection of craft beer, some sakes, and wine by the glass.
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The vibe isn't the only thing that will be more easygoing. Prices will be also be easier on the wallet — about $50 to $60 per person versus the $90 to $100 at Rocchio's cutting-edge Italian eatery. Small plates will begin at $12 each, with larger plates around $30.
One Door East is currently under construction and is expected to open later this year.
"A lot of people say Valentino is a special-occasion place," he says. "This is going to be awesome food in a more relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. We're really psyched about it."
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.