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New restaurants debut in Houston's Galleria and Heights neighborhoods

Seared scallops at TABLE
Seared scallops at TABLE
Valerie Sweeten

Houston diners have choices from a fresh, globetrotting menu to classic Italian with the launch of two new restaurants conveniently located in the Galleria and the Heights.

TABLE On Post Oak
The TABLE, which celebrates their grand opening on May 16, has been open since mid-March in the heart of Houston’s vibrant Uptown District in the new BLVD Place development. Chef Manuel Pucha’s menu reflects his free rein creating dishes using his 20 years of top kitchen experience in New York, Houston and his love for travel. Pucha’s specialty lies in his straightforward contemporary style, love of bold flavors and manipulation of heat and fresh herbs.

“TABLE will craft plates with food that’s enjoyable, tastes good and designed to inspire conversation and lively dialogue around the table,” said general manager, Henrryk Cid. “We are creating a menu and ambiance that is unlike any other in the area. With its location close to the Galleria and surrounding offices, TABLE’s dining experiences will cater to business professionals, our neighbors in the Tanglewood and Uptown areas, and travelers visiting our dynamic city. Uptown is booming with new residential high-rises, office towers and sophisticated retail, and we will be pleased to save them a place at the TABLE.”

Menus will change frequently to showcase seasonal ingredients and new twists on American favorites. Look for light fare available for lunch, bar bites and dinner. Patrons will find everything from hand-held appetizers to bigger plates best suited for fork and knife. Houston’s warm climate is being taken into consideration, and the menu will include salads, vegetable flights, seafood and light pastas. Fresh clean flavors, simply plated, will be TABLE’S signature.

Cocktail chemistry will be seen in generous, handcrafted cocktails and craft beers on tap. TABLE will showcase wines from around the world that highlight the restaurant’s flair for international pursuit. From Germany to South Africa to the California wine country, the list will reflect some of the most contemporary and inspiring wine-producing regions today. The new bar will be expanded more than double the original size and serve a special bar menu and from the regular menu at lunch and dinner.

Table on Post Oak is located at 1800 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 6110. Get more news about TABLE on Post Oak at

John Marion Carrabba’s family owned and operated Italian restaurant is making its first foray into Houston’s Inner Loop – in the heart of one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods. Located at 1111 Studewood St., the Heights location features many of the staples of Piatto’s flagship in the Galleria area: original Sicilian family recipes, fresh ingredients and a home-away-from-home atmosphere. New twists for the Heights include a larger patio, private dining space and bar, modern design, extended bar menu and revamped food menu.

Carrabba, a third-generation Houstonian, launched Piatto at 4925 W. Alabama in 2001 with a menu featuring authentic recipes passed down from generations of Sicilian family members. In 2004, he opened a second Piatto in Royal Oaks, which he closed after 10 years to relocate to the Heights. The latest Piatto is on the ground floor of 1111 Studewood Place, a new seven-story residential building at the northwest corner of Studewood and 11th St.

“I was born and raised in Houston. I wanted to put this location inside the Loop. It’s a great diverse place close to downtown. I saw this location and loved it,” said Carrabba.

The Piatto menu features recipes preserved for generations from both sides of John’s family, the Carrabbas and the Triolas, and from Janice’s family, the Ventos. John and Janice created the pomodoro sauce for the restaurant using a combination of their families’ recipes and their own tastes. The menu also includes desserts from Mary Ann, John’s mother, and Mary Rose, Janice’s mother. An Italian restaurant with an American twist, Piatto offers favorites such as the fried Asparagus Speciali, Jessica’s Gnocci, Chicken Picatta and Osso Buco along with other traditional Italian classics. All of the food is prepared and made fresh daily.

Piatto’s Heights location is at the same intersection as Liberty Kitchen Oyster Bar and Ruggles Green and within blocks of other popular restaurants. Carrabba believes that Piatto – where his family members are present every day and put a personal touch on the food and customer service – is the perfect addition to the neighborhood’s emerging culinary scene.

The new 3,500-square-foot Piatto will seat 134 guests, including 40 in a private room and 36 on a covered patio facing Studewood St. Brick walls inside and out accent a modern, rustic interior that features exposed pipes, tile-less ceilings, polished cement floors and copper-top tables.

Piatto Ristorante in the Heights will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of parking with complimentary valet along with both lot and garage availability are onsite. For more information, go to

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