Dynamic Houston restaurant group sets open date for new Italian spot

The wait for the new Italian restaurant Cypress ends tomorrow. Gr8 Plate Hospitality will be officially revealed Platformhis new Italian restaurant, on Tuesday, May 17th.

Owners Doris and Paul Miller decorated the restaurant with Italian-inspired art, yellow Ferrari leather seating, and brick walls. A spacious patio offers waterside dining.

“We are very excited to see this project come to fruition,” Paul Miller said in a statement. “For us, it’s about bringing the freshest ingredients we can find together to create a menu completely different from anything we’ve done in the past. Our hope is to provide a fine dining experience that complements the beautiful views found on Lake Boardwalk Town.”

Next door to its sibling, Gr8 Plate The Union Kitchen, Passserella offers an eclectic, chef-driven approach to regional Italian food. Husband and wife chefs Ed and Stephanie Roberts bring experiences from restaurants such as Tony and Misraf into their roles.

The menu covers a wide range of options, including appetizers, pizza, pasta, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts. Highlights include: Fritto Misto with fried shrimp, calamari, and lemon wheels; Zuppa di Arogasta with lobster from Maine; Branzino alla Calabrese with spinach rice; Mushroom and bucatini pizza with meatballs.

Sommelier Matt Stevenson’s wine list pulls from Californian and Italian producers at a range of price points. They will be joined by cocktails named after the elements of Dante’s Inferno.

“We aim to create a clean, classic wine program that can grow with consumers in the region,” Stephenson said. Guests will find one-of-a-kind bottles that may tempt them to step outside their comfort zone alongside familiar brands with the most iconic profiles. In all, the current wine list contains up to 55 bottles, including varieties such as Nebbiolo, Chianti and Sangiovese. We’ll probably expand the list as we learn more about what guests are drawn to.”

Passerella joins six Union Kitchen locations (Memorial, Cypress, Katy, Kingwood, Washington Avenue and Garden Oaks/Oak Forest) and three Jax Grill locations (Bellaire, Shepherd Dr. and Katy) in the Gr8 Plate family.

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