Revival Market owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber announced today that they have signed a lease for a new restaurant on White Oak in the Heights. Called Coltivare, Italian for "cultivate," the restaurant, which will be overseen by Chef de Cuisine Vincent Huynh, will serve authentic Italian food made from the meats, vegetables and charcuterie that earned Revival two stars and a number 75 ranking from Chronicle critic Alison Cook.
Conceived as a casual, neighborhood restaurant, the menu will focus on small plates and sharable items at reasonable prices. Weber indicated that, except for a few large, splittable entrees, most dishes will come in under $15. The kitchen will feature both a pizza oven and a charcoal oven for roasted dishes. Pressed to compare Coltivare to other Italian restaurants in the city, Weber told Eater that he and Pera plan for it be entirely unique. The official press release lists "Garganelli with Slow Braised beef Ragu; Pizza with smoked eggplant, ricotta and peppers from the Wood Burning Oven, and Revival Pork Roast with Clams and Chorizo over Heirloom Polenta" as items on the test kitchen menu.
Towards that end, Coltivare will feature a 3,000 sq ft garden adjacent to the restaurant that will supply both Coltivare and Revival. Within the garden, a chef's table will provide diners with an Outstanding in the Field type dining experience on a nightly basis.
Pending the usual caveats about permitting and construction delays, Weber said he expects to open no later than March.
The full press release:
Revival Market Owners Announce their Plans to Open Coltivare,
a Neighborhood, Rustic Italian Restaurant in the Heights
Houston, TX -- Revival Market co-owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber announce their plans to open Coltivare, a rustic Italian restaurant at 3320 White Oak and Arlington Streets in the Heights. The sister property will showcase and extend the Revival Group's commitment to seasonal, regional ingredients as plans include a 3,000 square foot garden that will provide both the trattoria and Revival Market with the freshest of the season's vegetables, fruit and herbs.
"This project has grown very naturally out of the dining events we've held at the Market and the unique community of food lovers that have supported Revival's growth. Our goal is to provide our neighborhood with a family-friendly gathering space where the food and wine taste incredible, and the diners can trust the integrity of the ingredients and the menu," said Morgan Weber.
Chef Ryan Pera, whose Italian heritage has always played a central role in his culinary style, will lead the menu development and collaboration. Chef de Cuisine Vincent Huynh, who has spent the last year cooking in Revival Market's kitchen, will oversee the day-to-day kitchen operations.
"The Italian cooking philosophy is all about using the seasonal ingredients on hand and keeping the preparation pure and simple," says Pera. "At Revival Market, we've cultivated an environment in which our diners come to experience the purest essence or presentation of a given dish, whether it be the perfect cup of coffee, the best B.L.T. sandwich, the Kolache that gets you up in the morning. I cannot wait to get at the challenge of making a pizza worthy of the Revival name."
Revival Market's philosophy and relationships with local farmers and purveyors of Texas beef, dairy and Gulf Coast seafood will underlie each dish on the menu, which will continue Chef Pera's preference for family style dining. The small plates, salads, house made pastas and wood-oven fired pizzas will feature Revival salumi and cheese selections. Dishes like Garganelli with Slow Braised beef Ragu; Pizza with smoked eggplant, ricotta and peppers from the Wood Burning Oven, and Revival Pork Roast with Clams and Chorizo over Heirloom Polenta are on the test kitchen list. In the Heights tradition, the restaurant will offer "private club" membership with a unique wine list and full bar.
The restaurant plans to open in Spring of 2013. It will be open for dinner and weekend brunch. Follow the progress on twitter @coltivareHTX.