New Italian restaurant Passerella arrives on Washington Avenue in Houston

Food & Culture // Restaurants & Bars
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Just months after making a splash at Cypress, Bridge, a new restaurant from the owners of The Union Kitchen and Jax Grill, is set to expand with a new location in Houston. A second Passerella will open in September at 6011 Washington, the site of The Union Kitchen which closed in July.

“We saw an opportunity and took it,” said Paul Miller, owner of Gr8 Plate Hospitality. “After seeing such success at our Passerella location in Cypress, we knew we had to bring the concept a little closer to town. We believe the change will breathe new life into the space and provide neighborhood residents with easy access to fine Italian restaurants. We couldn’t be happier to do this in a field we’ve come to know and love over the years.

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The new Passerella will offer a similar menu to its sister Cypress in addition to new dishes developed specifically for the Houston restaurant.

Passerella opened on May 17 at 9945 Barker Cypress at Boardwalk Towne Lake in Cypress. The menu includes antipasti; fritto misto (fried calamari and prawns); whipped ricotta served with polenta chips; Arancini; and charcuterie boards of cured meats, artisan cheeses, olives, mixed nuts, and homemade rustic bread. There are also soups and salads and starters such as seared branzino with pesto cream sauce served with spinach risotto; herb-crusted lamb fillet and polenta with three cheeses; sautéed Gulf shrimp and crab chunks in an Alfredo sauce over fettuccine; mushroom pizza with bechamel sauce, mozzarella, herbs and white truffle salt; and meatball bucatini.

Gr8 Plate Hospitality Executive Chef James Lundy will oversee Houston’s menu in conjunction with Chef Victor Ortega, who will act as Executive Chef.

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