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The chrome Harley-Davidson parked outside Lilette on Magazine Street most nights belongs to a restaurateur who escaped Chicago. Five years ago, Anthony Potenzo owned two of the hippest joints in my hometown, Three Aces and Charlatan. When rising rents threatened profits, Potenzo called it quits. That was the culmination of a hospitality career for...

Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen recently opened a second area location, at 775 W. Tucson St. in Broken Arrow. The restaurant offers Italian and Italian-American dishes, including New York- and Brooklyn-style pizzas; pasta dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, lobster ravioli, chicken Parmesan and pappardelle carbonara; soups; salads;...

A new restaurants aims to transport diners to some of Italy's lesser-known — but still very delicious — regions. Concura Italian Bites will open later this summer in the same shopping center at Eloise Nichols and Bosscat Kitchen (4340 Westheimer Rd. #150). Owner Jessica Biondi has been developing the idea for her restaurant for almost a decade, acc...

The first thing you’ll notice about new Italian restaurant il Modo is how much it doesn’t resemble an Italian restaurant. There’s no Sinatra music wafting through the air, no checkerboard tablecloths. Scan the menu, and instead of spaghetti and meatballs, you’ll find spaghetti made with ricotta cheese, heirloom tomatoes, and basil, with not a drop...

What a difference a clam makes. The fresh linguine vongole on the menu at San Lorenzo restaurant in the recently opened Hotel St. Vincent is revelatory. Beyond the house-made pasta — and beyond the heft of the toasted garlic in buttery sauce topped with ribbons of parsley and fried breadcrumbs — there are those clams. Although littleneck clams are...

A new face is in the kitchen at Roma, the cozy Italian Rice Village spot located in a charming cottage at the corner of University Boulevard and Morningside Drive. And that new face is a familiar one.  Sandro Scarafile helmed the restaurant in its incarnation as Sud Italia, Roma's predecessor. He's spent the last year running a food truck, and is h...

A family of Italian restaurants inspired by alfresco dining on the Amalfi Coast will open on the Broadway corridor near the Pearl this fall.  San Antonio diners will meet Allora and Arrosta, two sister concepts by celebrated restaurateur Peter Selig, in a few months. Selig's San Antonio culinary career includes Biga, Acenar, and Maverick Texas Bras...

A short documentary entitled Gelato Man follows the meticulous crafting process of local gelato maker, or gelatiere, Carlo Gattini. He owns Botolino Gelateria Artigianale, which opened in Lower Greenville in 2017, and its Royal Lane sister shop; the latter celebrated its one-year anniversary this month. The man and the wizardry are captured on film...

DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE A KID and didn’t want to eat whatever your parents cooked for dinner, so they gave up and made you spaghetti? Well, the folks at One Fifth do. After the Georgia James Tavern takeover ends this Saturday at Chris Shepherd’s always-changing restaurant, One Fifth morphing once again, and this time it’s going Italian on us....

One Fifth Houston, 1658 Westheimer, is introducing its next concept on Tuesday, June 29: Red Sauce Italian. The concept will serve the Italian-American food that we grew up eating, spaghetti and meatballs, baked pastas, chicken parmesan, and more; and Chris Shepherd will pay also homage to some of his friends with dishes on the menu, including Pass...

A new restaurant is coming to McKinney that'll be half Italian, half coffee shop. Called Yaba Java Cafe, it's opening at 3935 S. Lake Forest Dr., in a new shopping center at the intersection of McKinney Ranch Pkwy., where it will feature pizzas and other Italian dishes cooked in a wood-burning oven. According to owner Ayman Hatkwa, it'll open this...

Downtown Houston's newest high-rise will be home to a Chicago-based Italian restaurant. What If Syndicate will bring its casual neighborhood restaurant Etta to the Texas Tower. Slated to open in February 2022, Etta will occupy approximately 6,400 square feet in the new building, which is currently under construction at the site of the Houston Chron...