WITH EVERYTHING FROM high-end steakhouses to fab French fare, the Galleria area has no shortage of hot spots for dining out. But Houstonians always have an appetite to try another new concept — and this fall, Il Bracco arrives in the building formerly home to California Pizza Kitchen on the corner of Post Oak and San Felipe.
The prime location will serve the Italian restaurant, with an original location in Dallas, well; famed architect-designer Michael Hsu will revamp the interiors with custom lighting and furniture, plus a patio and a cocktail lounge. Artwork from the personal collection of co-owner Robert Quick — who's worked alongside Thomas Keller and at Hillstone Group, where he met his current biz partner Matt Gottlieb — will adorn the walls.
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As for the food, expect traditional Italian fare like meatballs with housemade focaccia, and a tasty Bolognese with six-hour-slow-cooked beef. The Dallas location has earned rave reviews for its Spicy Gemelli pasta with vodka sauce and standout customer service.
In a statement announcing the opening, Quick says that the pair is "thrilled" to open Il Bracco in the Galleria, "in this vibrant city and in such a bustling area." Gottlieb says that both partners have previously lived in Houston and still have family members here. "It was a natural fit. Many of our managers and staff will be familiar names and faces from the Houston hospitality scene as well."