MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Chef and restaurateur Scott Conant is known for brash reimaginings of Italian food, but at the moment he's hankering for something smaller and simpler. Three-ingredient simple, in fact.

As the chef behind the highly regarded Scarpetta restaurants contemplates his next move, Conant says he finds himself mulling concepts that drill down to the essence of the ingredients he works with. And he loves the idea of a restaurant at which each plate would be assembled from just three ingredients.

"I love that idea," he said recently during an interview at the South Beach Wine and Food festival.

"The art of making the elegant nonchalant, that's my approach."