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In openings, two Houston restaurants have new locations. Luigi's Pizzeria just opened its second location, at 4505 Bissonnet in Bellaire. Writes our excited tipster: "Already packing them in. Best pizza in town!!" (We're big fans of Luigi's, too — especially the chicken wings.) Meanwhile, Tradição Brazilian Steakhouse has a new location near Sugar Land on the Southwest Freeway between Wilcrest and West Airport.

Also open this week: Brooklyn Athletic Club from Fegen's former partner at Glass Wall, Shepard Ross, and the former chef at BRC Gastropub, Jeff Axline.

And in upcoming openings, look for Volare Original Pizzeria to open soon at 2017 S. Shepherd near Welch. Owner Cara Cox teamed up with chef Ara Malekian — who helped Wolfgang Puck create his own line of pizzas — to create pizzas that aren't quite Neapolitan and aren't quite NYC-style but something in between.

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"The Volare concept is based on Cara's favorite pizzerias in New York City, but designed with Houstonians' palates in mind," said Malekian in a press release. Expect toppings such as brussels sprouts with house-smoked pork belly or local venison sausage with wild mushrooms.

The 1,600-square-foot restaurant will seat 36 indoors and 24 in the outdoor beer garden, situated behind the restaurant. Volare will be open daily, with all-day service from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The full-service restaurant, which will feature pizzas, paninis, crostinis, local craft beer and a list of boutique wines created by noted sommelier Antonio Gianola, is slated to open in January.

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