Ai Fiori *

Open in November 2010, Ai Fiori was Altamarea Group’s first foray into Riviera cuisine. Translated to Among the Flowers in Italian, the restaurant celebrates cuisine from the Italian and French Riviera while showcasing modern interpretations of traditional regional dishes. Ai Fiori’s menu features inventive preparations from the land and sea as well as a selection of Chef White’s signature pastas.

Offering an ambiance that complements its refined yet playful palette, upon entering Ai Fiori, guests see a beautiful white marble bar where the skilled bar staff serves up expert mixologist Eben Freeman designed cocktails while wearing white club jackets with the restaurant’s distinct logo. Guests are treated to attentive wine service overseen by Beverage Director, Hristo Zisovski. Ai Fiori’s list boasts over 300 selections spanning from Provence and Liguria to represent the regional focus of the restaurant. In addition to the main dining room and bar, Ai Fiori also plays host to many special private events. Whatever the occasion, Ai Fiori’s private dining team is dedicated to making each event a truly memorable one.

Ai Fiori’s elegant cuisine and service is also highly lauded by the press & media community. Along with receiving a three star New York Times review and Michelin star recognition in 2011 & 2012, the restaurant was included in Esquire Magazine’s 2011 List of Best New Restaurants in America. Additionally, New York Post critic Steve Cuozzo deemed signature dish Astice the “greatest dish in the world.” ZAGAT 2012 named Ai Fiori #1 New Restaurant NYC, Forbes Travel Guide awarded it three stars, and Ai Fiori received one Michelin Star in 2011 and 2012. Chef Michael White has been nominated for James Beard Best Chef: NY four times.

MICHAEL WHITE
CHEF & OWNER

Although Michael White’s soulful, flavorful interpretations of Italian cuisine indicate otherwise, Michael is in fact a Midwesterner who spent his childhood in Beloit, Wisconsin. By whim or intuition, White decided to enroll in Kendall Culinary Institute and then secured a position in Chicago’s Spiaggia. He studied for seven years at the acclaimed San Domenico in Imola before returning to the United States. In 2007, White partnered with Ahmass Fakahany, to open Due Terre in New Jersey. In 2008, White opened Due Mari. One year later, Fakahany and White officially formed the Altamarea Group to open Marea, which garnered three stars from The New York Times, and now holds two Michelin Stars, in addition to a Best New Restaurant Award by GQ magazine and Relais & Chateaux inclusion. In April of 2010, Chef White was named one of the ‘40 Most Influential New Yorkers Under 40’ by Crain’s New York Business, and received the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the country for Marea.

Just a year later, in October 2010, the Altamarea Group opened Osteria Morini in downtown Manhattan and Ai Fiori in midtown, which received three stars from The New York Times as well as one Michelin Star.

In May 2011, Michael and the Altamarea Group opened Al Molo in Hong Kong. By virtue of greatness, many awards have been granted upon Altamarea Group properties including Marea’s 2012 ZAGAT #1 Italian Restaurant NY Award, Ai Fiori’s Best New Restaurant in Esquire Magazine 2011 and ZAGAT 2012 #1 New Restaurant NYC.

Altamarea Group opened Nicoletta Pizzeria in New York City’s East Village in June 2012. In May 2013, Chef White received his fourth nomination for James Beard Best Chef: New York and the Altamarea Group opened their fifth Manhattan location, Costata in Soho, followed shortly after by a sixth location, The Butterfly Cocktail Bar and Supper Club in Tribeca in June. Michael recently released his second cookbook, “Classico e Moderno,” written with Andrew Friedman, with a foreward by Thomas Keller.

In September of 2013, the Altamarea Group opened Chop Shop, its first London location in Haymarket, followed by its first Istanbul location called Morini in October. In November 2013, it opened Osteria Morini in Washington D.C., and opened Ristorante Morini on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in December.

Altamarea Group recently took over the food and beverage operations at The Bedford Post Inn, a Relaix & Chateaux property in Westchester County, owned by Richard Gere and Russell Hernandez. The Barn at Bedford and Campagna are slated for a Fall 2014 opening.

 

Whether your event is for a business function or a personal celebration, Ai Fiori is the ideal place to host your group. We are happy to help create a memorable experience that can also be custom tailored to fit all aspects of the event for you and your guests.

We offer two private rooms which may be reserved separately or in tandem for larger parties. The smaller room features a lovely south-facing window and can accommodate up to 12 guests for a luncheon or evening affair. Our larger room features a display of wines from our list. This room can accommodate up to 20 guests. Joined together, the rooms can accommodate 32 guests. Additionally, for parties of more than thirty two, we can arrange for a private section in our main dining room or even the entire restaurant!

The space is also ideal for hosting holiday parties or wine events. Our wine director and mixologist would be pleased to recommend just the right accompaniments to enhance the food and spirits of your event.

Please contact our Altamarea Group events team for additional details about Ai Fiori, and all our private dining options or to set up a tour of our space at 212.613.8786 or by email: AIFIORIEVENTS@ALTAMAREAGROUP.COM

The gift of Giving  

The Altamarea Group is committed to our philanthropic vision of supporting programs that allow us to share our resources and talents in the hospitality industry and to achieve positive change in the neighborhoods in which we live, serve, and work.  The relationships we form through this outlet are invaluable and reflect our commitment to giving back and supporting our local communities. The guidelines below will help clarify Altamarea Group’s selection and application process. All decisions regarding the programs selected for support will be made in the sole and absolute discretion of Altamarea Group.

Altamarea Group’s primary focus is on:

•    Health and Nutrition Awareness

•    Food and Hospitality related organizations

•    Local community based outreach programs

•    Educational Programs and local schools (in the immediate areas where we do business)

•    Disaster Relief to provide support to communities impacted by disasters

 

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