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Chic Italian Eatery Il Bracco Heads to Houston With Plenty of Pasta

The Dallas export is expected to open on Post Oak Boulevard this fall

Pasta bolognese served in a white bowl
Get ready for decadent bolognese
Kathy Tran for Il Bracco
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Il Bracco, an Italian eatery that hails from one of Dallas’s ritziest neighborhoods, will soon make its Houston debut.

The restaurant is set to open its doors at 1705-A Post Oak Boulevard, in the space formerly occupied by California Pizza Kitchen, later this year. The Dallas original opened its doors in 2019, where it’s earned a loyal following of diners thanks to its menu of classic Italian dishes and the space’s chic, upscale vibe. In Houston, the 6,000 square foot space will boast seating for 160, with interiors designed by Austin-based architect Michael Hsu. Art for the space will come from the personal collection of co-owner Robert Quick.

As far as the food is concerned, look forward to dishes like pesto rigatoni with French peas and pancetta, eggplant parm, and pan-roasted sea bass finished with mint gremolata. The bar’s signature cocktail, the Bracco, is a riff on the classic Greyhound that’s mixed with fresh grapefruit and Aperol and served frozen. Per a press release, the Houston outpost’s menu will also include a couple of dishes that are exclusive to the city.

Il Bracco is expected to make its Houston debut sometime this fall. Stay tuned for an official opening date.